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Ashoka in Our Time

Ashoka in Our Time

The Question of Dharma for a Globalized World

Bruce Rich
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One of the most powerful rulers in the history of humanity, Ashoka continues to be relevant for the political dilemmas of our age. He converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, and expanded his vast empire based on a system that originally prioritized material wealth and realpolitik. To hold together his diverse, prosperous realm, his edicts promoted religious tolerance, conservation, non-violence, species protection and human rights.

In this illuminating book, Bruce Rich offers a compelling critique of the forces of globalization that, while connecting the world in unprecedented ways, have deprived us of a unifying dharma. Rich looks for answers to contemporary issues in the paradoxes of Ashoka’s empire, as well as in the ideas of thinkers from across the ages-from Aristotle and Adam Smith to George Soros. Reflecting on the timeless questions of morality, duty and the conflicting demands of statecraft, he urgently calls for a new global ethic, to restore concord and justice for a fractured world.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Nov/2017

ISBN: 9780143441601

Length : 344 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Ashoka in Our Time

The Question of Dharma for a Globalized World

Bruce Rich

One of the most powerful rulers in the history of humanity, Ashoka continues to be relevant for the political dilemmas of our age. He converted to Buddhism on the heels of a bloody war, and expanded his vast empire based on a system that originally prioritized material wealth and realpolitik. To hold together his diverse, prosperous realm, his edicts promoted religious tolerance, conservation, non-violence, species protection and human rights.

In this illuminating book, Bruce Rich offers a compelling critique of the forces of globalization that, while connecting the world in unprecedented ways, have deprived us of a unifying dharma. Rich looks for answers to contemporary issues in the paradoxes of Ashoka’s empire, as well as in the ideas of thinkers from across the ages-from Aristotle and Adam Smith to George Soros. Reflecting on the timeless questions of morality, duty and the conflicting demands of statecraft, he urgently calls for a new global ethic, to restore concord and justice for a fractured world.

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Bruce Rich

Bruce Rich isan author and lawyer who has worked with major US environmental groups as wellas with international organizations over the past three and a half decades. Hereceived the United Nations Global 500 Award for environmental achievement forhis research and advocacy concerning multilateral development banks. He is theauthor of Mortgaging the Earth, awidely acclaimed critique of the World Bank and reflection on the philosophicaland historical evolution of the project of economic development, as well as Foreclosing the Future, which examinesthe World Bank, climate change, governance and corruption.

Rich haswritten for publications such as the FinancialTimes, the Ecologist, and the Nation, as well as for EnvironmentalForum, the policy journal of the Washington DC Environmental Law Institute,where he is currently a Visiting Scholar. His analysis of Ashoka was selectedand published in 2012 in a collection of the best Buddhist writing in Americafor that year.

Hisprofessional focus on finance and ethics, as well as numerous visits to SouthAsia, inspired this book.

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Bruce Rich is an author and lawyer who has worked with major US environmental groups as well as with international organizations over the past three and a half decades. His book, Ashoka in Our Time: The Question of Dharma for a Globalized World, offers a compelling critique of the forces of globalization that, while connecting […]