The ‘ right to privacy ’ is essentially an offshoot of the philosophy of ‘individualism’. The relationship between the individual, the society and the state and the areas of conflict in their mutual spheres of activity has engaged the attention of political thinkers for several past centuries in the west. There are however, little sources in the writings of ancient Indian thinkers on the subject. The oriental peoples no doubt had speculated on the State and its problems even before the time of the Greeks. But they did not develop any political theory or philosophy to analyse the relationship of the individual and the state in any systematic form. The issue was mixed up with a great deal of mythology and superstition. Religion and politics were so inextricably intertwined that no attempt was made to develop an independent science or theory of politics. Political philosophy was treated as a branch of theology. Thus, the Greeks were the first people to develop the contours of the relationship between the individual and the state in its pure and systematic form. Early Hindu thought had much to say on kingship, village republics, organization of government, and the duties of rulers and subjects. All… Read full this story
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