Inclusive Communication for Promoting Peace, Harmony and Religious Pluralism: Insights from Exemplary Political Leaders of Ancient, Medieval and Modern India

C. Panduranga Bhatta


At a time in which countries are endorsing a vision of a national community in which people of many faiths (and no professed faith) are invited to participate in all spheres of society, only a leadership practicing inclusive communication can contribute to a harmonious and peaceful world. The history of ancient, medieval, and modern India provides many inspirational political leaders who demonstrated inclusive communication. This paper attempts to showcase such leaders through their own words and actions to guide leaders in all areas who are interested in developing inclusive leadership which does not discriminate people on the basis of race, religion, color, caste, gender, or culture. Even though a lot of works are available on these leaders, not much is researched on their inclusive leadership styles, especially their communications and actions. Hence, this paper proposes to fill this gap by researching their own communications and actions which demonstrate their inclusive leadership styles. Inclusive leaders cited in this paper who established peace and harmony invariably practiced a galaxy of virtues such as equality, respect, reverence, sympathy, tolerance, gratitude, compassion, charity, humility, forgiveness, and sincerity. Self-control, patience, sacrifice, unselfishness, self-negation, discipline, and courtesy are also found in these leaders. It may also be noted that in some political leaders studied in this paper, the sentiment of compassion has found a great place and is the basis of all feelings such as ahimsa (non-violence), akrodha (freedom from anger), asteya (absence of theft), dana (charity), daya (mercy), kshanti (endurance), amatsara (absence of jealousy), and anirshya (absence of envy) which are insisted in leaders as worth possessing virtues.

Aus. & NewZe J. Soci Busi. Env. Sus. Vol 4(2), October 2018, P 73-81


Indian History; Inclusive Leadership; Religious Tolerance; Spirituality

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