The central themes of Jainism are ahimsa (non-violence), anekant (non-absolutism) and aprigraha (non-possession). Non-violence strengthens the autonomy of life of every being and if one believes that every soul is autonomous then one will never trample on its right to live. Non-absolutism strengthens the autonomy of thought of every individual and if one believes that every person is a thinking person then one will not trample on his thoughts and allows diverse views to prevail. Non-possession strengthens the interdependence of every soul and if one believes that one’s own existence is interdependent one will think twice before trampling on this planet . These core elements have been the building blocks of economics of Mahaveera.

M.C. Singhi

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