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Chaturvedi BadrinathUnity of Life and Other Essays$
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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 Dharmic Law

The Dharmic Law

Institutional Protection of Rights*

(p.31) 8 The Dharmic Law
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

This essay indicates that the principles of good governance are derived from the foundations of human order which, in order to be truly universal, must themselves be established in the sacredness of life. The foundation, or dharma, of all relationships, personal and social, lies in the recognition that life is sacred; that all its expressions are interrelated and bound in a visible unity and that no violence shall be done to a person by another. Badrinath here informs the reader that the concern of Dharmic law with the dignity and worth of the individual and with social progress was given institutional forms of jurisprudence in the Mahabharata and a few centuries later in the ancient Indian treatise Arthasastra authored by Kautilya.

Keywords:   dharma, Mahabharata, Arthasastra, Kautilya, Dharmic law and jurisprudence, human rights

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