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RELEVANCE OF RAJADHARMA OF ANCIENT INDIA

Jitendra Narayan
The Indian Journal of Political Science
Vol. 65, No. 1 (Jan.-March, 2004), pp. 21-28
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41855794
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

The rajadharma in ancient Indian political speculation constituted mainly the duties of the king towards his subjects and his administrative activities. The details of rajadharma make it clear that the basic spirit behind rajadharma was to ensure peace and prosperity of the people and in doing so the state was also expected to maintain impartiality. It has been observed that the ancient Indian state was kind and helpful to the people to the limitless level. In fact, there can be no higher goal and duty of the state than what was proclaimed in yoga kshema in ancient Indian Political Thought. The rajadharma as enunciated in the past still holds good; beacons to a good, orderly, peaceful and prosperous corporate life in a polity. Even today despite all changes in the tenor and norms of political life, the basic principals of rajadharma remain much the same as in the past.

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