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Anantha Sudhaker Babbili

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Chapter 7: Ethics and the Discourse on Ethics in Post-Colonial India

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Ethics and the Discourse on Ethics in Post-Colonial India
Ethics and the discourse on ethics in post-colonial India
Anantha SudhakerBabbili

My language is aphoristic; it lacks precision. It is, therefore, open to several interpretations. (Lord Krishna's conversation with Dharmadev, The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Government of India, 1958, p. 485)

If we define ethics as involving intention, will, freedom, the relation of one individual to another, we are imposing a western concept on India. Admittedly, Hinduism has little or no ethics in this sense. But if ethics involves a set of standard behavior based on duty, social custom, religious faith in karma, then Hinduism puts a high premium on moral conduct. Hinduism has no concern for others as others, as individuals deserving separate treatment, but it does ...

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