VIOLENCE / NON-VIOLENCE (Some Hindu Perspectives)

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Item Code: IDD519
Publisher: Manohar Publishers And Distributors
Author: Edited By. Denis Vidal , Gilles Tarabout & Eric Meyer
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9788173044717
Pages: 327
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9" X 5.7"
Weight 540 gm
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About the Book:

How do we understand those ascetics who have developed an extremely elaborate martial tradition and yet have taken strict vows of non-violence, especially when, for some ascetics today, that tradition has been put at the service of the most extreme forms of Hindu militancy? And how is that tough union leaders can, with conviction, share the same ideas as Gandhi, or that Brahmins scarcely hesitate before using the stick, even though they loudly and insistently advertise their faith in non-violence? These ways of acting may in fact allow us to reconsider the understanding of the concepts of violence and non-violence in Hinduism, for there are many aspects of Indian society and culture which effectively contradict ideas, often taken for granted since Gandhi, about the role of violence in it. In reality, how the concepts of 'violence' and 'non-violence' are defined in different aspects of the Hindu tradition cannot be understood if they are dissociated from each other. Rather, as the articles in this volume show, violence very frequently legitimates itself in the name of non-violence as well.

About the Author:

Denis Vidal is currently working and teaching about the visual anthropology of South Asia. He is a research fellow at the Institute for Research in Development (IRD) and a member of the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies.

Gilles Tarabout is currently senior fellow (CNRS) at the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies, Paris, he is also in charge of the Indo-French Cooperation Programme in Social Sciences at the 'Maison des Sciences de l'Homme' (Paris).

Eric Meyer, historian, is focusing on the interaction between colonial capitalism and rural society in South Asia with particular reference to peasants, planters and the State in modern Sri Lanka. Recent developments in Sri Lanka led him to analyse the historical background of the present crisis and its socio cultural implications.


  List of Contributors 7
1. On the Concepts of Violence and Non-Violence in Hinduism and Indian Society 11
2. The Violence of the N on-Violent, or Ascetics in Combat 27
3. On the Rhetoric of Violence 65
4. Ancient Brahminism, or Impossible Non-Violence 85
5. The Violences of a Hindu Village. The Suicide of a Young Woman: 'Legitimate Violence' and Dominant Castes in Central India 105
6. The Initiation of Devi: Violence and N on-Violence in a Vaishnavite Tale 127
7. The So-called 'Criminal Tribes' of British India: Colonial Violence and Traditional Violence 143
8. Non-Violence in the Country of Violence: Lessons from the Dhanbad Mining Belt 175
9. Remarks on Dissuasion in Ancient India 209
10. Magical Violence and Non-Violence: Witchcraft in Kerala 219
11. The End of a Feud 255
12. Community and Violence in Contemporary Punjab 279
13. Opposing Gandhi: Hindu Nationalism and Political Violence 299
  Index 325

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