Jains and violence

F. Smith fsmith at blue.weeg.uiowa.edu
Sat May 24 23:32:41 UTC 1997

Does anyone know how Jain kings / rulers handled violence? I recently
learned that a few Jains ruled in Karnataka and elsewhere over the
millennia. Given their unstinting dedication to non-violence on the one
hand and the necessity of violence in ruling and defending a kingdom on
the other, I wonder how they resolved it. Are there any Jain treatises on
raajaniiti or any descriptions of what they actually did?

Fred Smith
Univ. of Iowa

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