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Sikh Vision of an Ideal Ruler

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Political Science, Ramgarhia College, Phagwara, Punjab, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (3), Pages 46-49, March,14 (2013)

Abstract

Sikh Gurus reacted very sharply against prevailing political tyranny during the Guru Period (1469-1708 AD). They rejected the age-old theory of Divine origin of Kingship. They denounced the Divine rights and sovereignty of earthly kings. To them, the God is the ultimate sovereign. They visualize an image of an ideal ruler who rules in accordance with the eternal message of Supreme Reality (God). An Ideal ruler in Sikhism is a personification of teachings of the Sikh Gurus. An ideal ruler in Sikhism observes the higher standards of socio-spiritual and political ethics throughout his life and is accountable to people. He is a benevolent in judgment, ethical in action and God fearing in approach. An ideal ruler is a Saint-Soldier and act as vanguard of deprived and weaker sections of society.

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