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Conflict and Peace Studies

This area enriches the discipline of Conflict and Peace Studies by providing a Hindu perspective. By becoming more inclusive and pluralistic, conflicts at various levels can be approached more creatively. There are few contemporary studies on the Hindu perspective on conflict and peace. Most of these studies focus on the 20th century (particularly the latter half) Indian developments and juxtapose Indian thinking with dominant Western theories. The evolution of the Hindu thinking on these subjects, however, can be traced to the ancient period. One example would illustrate this point. India’s national emblem is inscribed with Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs), which is from the ancient scripture Mundaka Upaniṣad. This area of studies, hence, while exploring the Hindu perspectives on violence, conflict, and wars, will examine their origins, and assess an innovative paradigm on peacebuilding. Notably, rigid compartmentalization of disciplines is foreign to traditional Hindu thinking, though most of the available studies in this area attempt to understand Indian scholarship through rigid disciplinary boundaries. The courses in this area of study will address this critical gap. They will examine various facets of conflict and peace, study existing scholarship and dominant theories in the discipline, and explore the ancient Hindu wisdom, empowering students to develop an integrated perspective on conflict resolution and peacebuilding and apply their understanding in creative ways to contemporary conflicts and challenges facing humanity.

Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

To demonstrate how human rights concept and policy could be found in Hindu philosophy, and also how such a linkage Read More
Philosophy of Nonviolence

Philosophy of Nonviolence

An examination of the concept of nonviolence, its evolution and practice in various cultures and traditions. Read More
International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

To explore methods to bridge the chasm between the practice of international politics and universal moral principles. Read More
Arthashastra

Arthashastra

To examine the core ideas such as state, war, and peace in the ancient text Arthashastra, a major treatise on Read More
Śhānti Parva

Śhānti Parva

To elaborate ideas of good governance and duties of a ruler towards his subjects and Dharma as enshrined in Śānti Read More
Gandhian Philosophy

Gandhian Philosophy

To mainstream the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi towards developing a new and enabling perspective from Hindu philosophical tradition to make Read More
Hindu Conflict Resolution

Hindu Conflict Resolution

An exploration of Hindu thought, particularly those elements which are relevant from a conflict resolution perspective. Read More
Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies

Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies

An overview of conflict resolution and peace studies with a focus on the major theories and their application to contemporary Read More
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