The period between the years 2012 to 2015 has been declared by the Government of India as one that commemorates the 150 the birth anniversary of this illustrious Hindu Monk. On this occasion, we at India Foundation would like to contribute to the existing literature on Swami Vivekananda through this publication. This publication contains two separate articles, authored by Mr. Vikramjit Banerjee, an advocate at the Supreme Court of India.
The articles explore the lesser known topics that had occupied Swami Vivekananda’s thought, including that of economic and political philosophy of and for his vision of Bharat. The first article details the influence that Swami Vivekananda seems to have had on the Indian political and constitutional thought. This includes his influence on the Indian courts and justice system as such; Swami Vivekananda, it is mentioned, is oft quoted in many important legal judgments that are given by senior judges.
The author mentions specific cases and judgments in order to elaborate his argument. The second article explores Vivekananda’s economic and by extension, political philosophy. In the article, one sees Vivekananda’s theory of history based on the cyclical ages of caste and the economic purpose of each caste, in each of the ages as described by him. This in turn delves into the idea of the forces of equality and those of inequality in a society, therefore tying up the political with the economic.
We are sure this publication will expose the readers to the hitherto unexplored dimensions of Swami Vivekananda’s thoughts.
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