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TOWARDS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

A challenge to presumptions
When indigenous innovators propose solutions to challenges faced by today’s society, they are usually confronted by counter arguments that are put forth from standpoints that gain legitimacy/authority in the thought process of the western world. The problem arises because, when this debate is left unresolved it serves to create an intellectual no-man’s-land in which vast sections of the Indian educated population are in some dilemma/confusion/uncertainty; and it taxes the nation’s efficiency.

Do Indians need to be awed by the west/Europe etc? What is the secret of Europe's success…? Is that the only way to think or is there another point of view?

The ancient Indian seers had far better understanding of Human Nature than ‘any’ of the modern thinkers—now that is one hell of a tall claim—may be going too far—but indeed there are certain areas of understanding which have been discussed by the ancient Indians that have not been touched by modern thinkers. The significance of those profound ideas is reflected in the book. Therefore ‘Towards the Kingdom of Heaven’ is about moving from the arguments of Carl Marx, Adam Smith, Maslow, even beyond Socrates/Plato and onwards to Veda Vyasa and Vashista. As such the book should have been titled “Towards Ramrajya” (and it is proposed that that would be the title of a Hindi translation of this book). But then ‘Ramrajya’ is equivalent to the concept of ‘The Kingdom of Heaven’. (Check out the first excerpt from the book.)

An exploratory approach
TTKOH is based on the pursuit of revealing truths. Reading it will only mean that one is being encouraged to look at the existence of more possibilities. It helps in understanding how people/civilizations look at things differently and have different ways and traditions. 

Further, knowing that it is inappropriate to hammer arguments into people, it avoids a dogmatic approach. Rather the attempt is to juxtapose contrasting perspectives and explain them. The reader must use his own discretion and draw his own conclusions.

It ultimately helps individuals take informed decisions. After all it is important to understand the intricacies of the debate in order to see where the arguments fit and how many of the thoughts can be challenged. 

The book also throws light on the impact of taking to one point of view or the other. And it only makes sense that one must take into consideration as many points of view as possible and understand the consequences in each.

 
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