ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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New Global Order, Ethics, Niti, and Three Indian Texts

Virtue and Human Ends: Political Ideas from Indian Classics by Vasanthi Srinivasan, Orient BlackSwan, 2021; pp 216, `685.

In the aftermath of the pandemic when nation states were grappling with the question of ensuring human security by bringing in an efficient public health system, Russia chose to invade Ukraine with whatever diplomatic logic it may have had. This war has resulted in an unanticipated human catastrophe while the nation states appeared to be helpless and clueless. This war came at a juncture when largely the community of nation states had assumed that the era of traditional warfare was over. Apart from challenging the relevance of the liberal theory of international relations, it has brought forth the essential role of ethical questions in the domain of political thought.

The rise of populist leaders across the globe is posing a serious threat to the idea of global peace, cosmopolitanism or multiculturalism, as they tend to defy all institutional mechanisms, domestic or international, while projecting themselves as the saviours. Amid this, the book by Vasanthi Srinivasan poses pertinent questions about the role of leadership and its relationship with concepts of dharma, ethical code and other worldly challenges that it may encounter. This book is a must-read discussion on how the contemporary everyday questions of politics as a social activity were being understood in ancient India. How the method of storytelling was used as an effective leadership training mechanism is also a very interesting question that this book engages with.

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Updated On : 3rd Oct, 2023
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