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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Caring State

The Caring State

Foundations of Social Happiness*

(p.40) 10 The Caring State
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

In this essay Badrinath states that throughout his life Mahatma Gandhi maintained that the state, by its very nature, is an instrument of coercion and violence. The Mahabharata maintains that, by its very justification, the state must be an instrument of the protection of people, of protection from violence. Since caring is the essence of protection, the state in all its acts must be a caring state. Badrinath says that the state is never sovereign, dharma is.

Keywords:   Mahatma Gandhi, state, Mahabharata, dharma, ahimsa

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