This book is an important contribution in the emergent field of ‘Indic thought’, which is much broader than Vedic Brahmanic tradition. There is a need to retrieve ancient philosophy’s relevance and eschew its bygone scriptural diktats. For both, this book should provide a useful reference point.
The book Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought: Themes and Traditions edited by Ankit Tomar and Suratha Kumar Malik is a valuable addition to the existing knowledge on Indian thinkers and their thinking traditions. The analysis beginning with Vedas down to Abul Fazal and keeping the eyes always open to catch the ‘Indianess’ has been fully comprehensive and successful. This is an address to a very loaded and perhaps normative enquiry about the existence of Indian political thought and traditions.
Ancient and Medieval Indian Thought: Themes and Traditions is a welcome edition to the limited body of literature available on the theme. The present work seeks to introduce some important political ideas in a critical perspective with a view to highlight the significant issues of ancient Indian political thought. The book is written in a student-friendly style and can claim to be a comprehensive account of sociopolitical thought of Indian thinkers and traditions.
This volume provides relevant information for those who care about varied themes and traditions in the vigorous domain of ‘ancient and medieval Indian thought’. Prepared while bringing together a number of young perceptive scholars, the book is prefaced with a detailed account of what each chapter contains and equipped with a meticulously prepared index, rich glossary and detailed further references.
This is a brilliant volume, good collection of articles and essential reading for the students, teachers and researchers on Indian political thought. It unfolds various dimensions of ancient and medieval Indian society. This book will certainly serve the need of academia as well as interested readers well.
The editors have done a commendable job by producing this book which is theoretically and analytically rich. It provides a comprehensive account of ancient and medieval Indian thinkers and traditions. A number of complex ideas and issues have been presented in an extremely lucid, straightforward and interesting style. This book will be of immense interest to social scientists in general and political scientists in particular who desire to comprehend different dimensions of Indian sociopolitical thought.