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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 State

The Dharmic State

Protection of Weak and Oppressed*

(p.36) 9 The Dharmic State
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

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The Mahabharata describes the origins of the state and the justification of its existence in the following words: ‘For king to exist, there is no other justification than to protect in every way the people. For protection is the first foundation of all social order.’ Badrinath mentions that it is said in the Mahabharata that protection of the people is possible only when governance is impartial, when moral competence creates feelings of trust, and when law is not ‘held in abeyance’.

Keywords:   king, state, weak, oppressed, Mahabharata, social order

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