Utopian State, Concept and Need of Ramrajya: A Literary Study

7 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2017

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Neerja A Gupta

Study Abroad Program and Diaspora Studies, Gujarat University

Date Written: October 16, 2017

Abstract

Rajya is a political cannon and Ram stands for kalyan (a state of welfare). One should wonder how the concept of a welfare state can be well defined through literary writings. The term literary Ramrajya, in that context may seem vague and absurd. Ram-Rajya makes a concept of a utopian state. When Gandhi presented his aspiration of Ram-Rajya, it was a sort of political arrangement leading to social happiness. But, the hypothesis of Ram-Rajya is better propagated in his and others’ literary writings than in political ideas. So much so that political revolutionaries and leaders, when turned authors, they too brought the idea of utopian state, away from their own political module. The reason is that culture resides in literature. It has been projected, propagated and applied through writings right since the ancient days. Some writings are to reassert, others to instruct, still others to remind us of those wonders which lie about us every day. And then there are some which haunt by the very fact that their insights, dark and unsettling though they are, have been tested on the pulse and proven true. Oddly enough, there’s something in the measure of these lines, something in the dignity with which they state this elemental fact of nature that Literature is a powerful tool to project the larger design.

Keywords: literary writings, Utopian State, social happiness

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Neerja A, Utopian State, Concept and Need of Ramrajya: A Literary Study (October 16, 2017). Proceedings of the RAIS Conference: The Future of Ethics, Education and Research. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086066 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3086066

Neerja A Gupta (Contact Author)

Study Abroad Program and Diaspora Studies, Gujarat University ( email )

Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009
India

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