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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

Strong but Never Oppressive*

(p.46) 11 The Caring State
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

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In this essay Badrinath says that the character of Bhishma in the Mahabharata is undoubtedly the greatest political philosopher of all times. The Mahabharata is, of all times, the most ennobling philosophy of the state, although, Badrinath believes, it is much more than that. The main concern of this epic is to demonstrate, through numerous parables, how power without caring must turn into violence and tyranny, and that a caring in which there is no strength becomes a luxurious ground of exploitation. A strong state is the first condition of social peace and that it must also be a self-critical state. For that is the way to truth and the truth for the state is to limit the conflicts among the people, for nothing is settled by violence, and the victory that is gained by war is indeed of low quality.

Keywords:   Bhishma, Mahabharata, state, governance

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