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Integral Humanism: A Reader Philosophy of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya


Editor: Sanjeev Kumar Sharma

ISBN: 978-93-87922-09-9

Year 2018


Pages – 116

Weight – 200gm

Size – 15cm x 22cm x 1cm

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Product Description

A look at the contemporary social, cultural and political issues facing India leads us essentially to question the ability of existing models of governance and ideological orientation to resolve the crisis in a durable manner. Most of our governing practices and programmes necessarily appear to be firefighting exercises and the corollary is evidently constant the emergence of unthought of issues and inconvenienced problems leading to growing conflicts and increasing tensions in all spheres of government and public life. This, in turn, weakens the expected efficacy and the imagined performance of the prevalent systems, structures, and processes.
This background sometimes creates gloomy pictures and attitude coupled with sheer disappointment which has an obvious shelter in the ideological models or structures and processes that have emanated from our continued old servitude both political as well as academic.
This has resulted in a wide-ranging sense of self-negation and some
unbelievable lack of faith and confidence in the intellectual thinking
the tradition of yesteryear. The concomitant scenario has been an indomitable
the abundance of the borrowed ideas and the melancholy emerging out of
their natural failure in Indian conditions.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was, in fact, one of the rare thinkers of modern India, who could muster the immeasurable courage to carve out an alternative roadmap for the overall development of Indian nation, besides systematically and logically demolishing and rejecting the dominant ideologies of capitalism and communism. He not only did this with excellent argumentation based on sufficient knowledge of both the systems but also presented before us a truly Indian (Bharatiya) model of thinking. He successfully and succinctly narrated the Indian intellectual trajectory with an attempt to underline the inherent strength and overwhelming nature of the discourse in Indian texts of yore. It is also quite interesting to note that like Mahatma Gandhi, Deendayal
Upadhyaya acquired all his theoretical and functional foundations based
in the ancient Indian tradition and gave them contemporary meaning and shape. And this he has done aptly in the post-independence era.
Deendayal Upadhyaya was a seer in the true sense of the term as he
could touch upon very many dimensions of social, economic and political
the life which is substantially relevant even today. His ideas of Integral Humanism distinguishingly make him a philosopher, thinker and visionary. Surprisingly, the philosophy of Integral Humanism has been propounded by him through four lectures only and that too before the workers of a political organization, yet they carry immense academic value. It is with this backdrop that we have made an attempt to present this philosophy of Integral Humanism in a simple manner for those who are interested in learning about it. The present book includes one introductory article on the life sketch of Deendayal Upadhyaya. Next, we have reproduced the four lectures delivered by him to explain his philosophy of Integral Humanism. And last but not the least a concluding article on the contours of this philosophy.