Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Re-visiting Philosophy of Social Change in Indian Context

Re-visiting Philosophy of Social Change in Indian Context[1]
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
The present paper is an attempt to critically analyze the present philosophical outlooks of social change in India. It may also refer to social revolution, such as communist revolution presented in Marxism, or to other social movements, such as Women’s suffrage or the civil rights movement. Social change may be driven by cultural, religious, economic, scientific or technological forces. We need to find a common, universal, integrated philosophy of social change for our nation as in the West, we can find Hegelian, Marxist, Kuhnian, Heraclitan, Daoist (The Chinese philosophical work Dao De Jing ) and Resource-based economy (Jacque Fresco’s conception of a resource-based economy) models for social change.  Different ideologies available for social change in India like Gandhian, Ambekarite, Humanitarian and Marxist etc.  But when they come to political front they seem useless as their followers are not even acquainted to these ideologies and the noble will of great thinkers for a just society. This is also a matter of thinking that how many political thinkers becomes a real hero after Indian independence for the youth of India or for national development? How many ideologies come to existence and made a real contribution to our society. These are some point of serious concern for the youth and intellectuals of the nation.

[1] To be presented at 11th Conference of International Congress of Social Philosophy (ICSP) to be  held on 28-30 May,2012  at Dharwad (Karnataka)