'God As Political Philosopher: Buddha's Challenge to Brahminism' is an must-read
On the second day of Jaipur Lit Fest, the author of the book 'God As Political Philosopher: Buddha's Challenge to Brahminism', Kancha Ilaiah, while signing his book copies, said, 'Buddhism in ancient India was the first religion to institutionalize the concept of justice, the concept of dharma.' The book projects Buddha as a political thinker and translates the precepts of Buddhism to a political theory for running a state with equality and justice.
A note on the book published by Popular Prakashan says the author demystifies Buddha whom he sees as a man and not a god, and as India's first social revolutionary who rejected the caste system, and inducted low caste members into the sangha and made them his trusted advisers.
According to the book, in contrast with contemporary Hindu society, Buddhism not only gave women an honoured place in the sangha and but also gave dissent a constructive in it. In contrast with contemporary Hindu society, Buddha gave women an honoured place in the sangha.
In the book spread over 244 pages, it is held that Buddha also propounded theories of the state, the individual, and the role of society with the signal difference that he also put his ideas into practice. However, the European scholarship sought to deny Budha's relevance as a thinker, while nationalistic Hindu historiography sought to subsume his achievements into a monolithic Hindu past.
Divided into eight chapter, the book talks about the life and philosophy of Buddha and tries to show its relevance to democracy and administration with justice.