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Exploring the Modern in Medieval:Political Ideas of Basava

Prakash S. Desai, Ph.D,

Exploring the political ideas in Indian philosophical texts has been a tradition in academia both in India and abroad. The search for the ‘political’ in Indian classical texts whether they are ancient, medieval or modern became important because many of these texts have ideas which are modern in terms of their aspirations. Political ideas such as equality, liberty, justice are understood as modern aspirations of humanity because they have been philosophised and theorised by taking into consideration certain developments that occurred in Europe after the movements like Reformation and Renaissance. ‘In the west, the dogmas of religion began to be challenged by ...

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