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           Swaraj is a philosophy which harmoniously integrates the individual, family, community, culture and Panchamahabhootas - the five elements of nature. The term Swaraj which has been used in the Chandogya Upanishad symbolizes the highest spiritual (Adhyatmic) state, where an individual realizes his identity with the Universe. Swaraj is Self-Governance guided by Dharma and is not an imposition by the State. References for the same is reflected in Bharath’s heritage; Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj states “Sawaraj is the wish of divine”, in the words of Sri Aurobindo, “Swaraj does not lie in mere political freedom; it lies in the assertion of one's own culture”, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan says, “Swaraj is not a political strategy to retaliate against the colonialists; it is the credo of self-belief and is the discourse of the soul”. The Integral Humanistic approach propounded by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya based on Bharateeya concepts and values is a major work on going back to the roots that is Swaraj.

Global thinkers since the ancient, have expressed their thoughts on Self-Governance. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato posits that individuals or groups cannot achieve freedom unless they govern their own pleasures and desires, otherwise they will be in a state of enslavement. Well-known British philosopher John Locke opines that self-rule is that freedom, which requires cognitive self-discipline and Self-Governance. Ancient Chinese thinker Mencius, German Philosopher Immanuel Kant, American Political thinker William E. Connolly, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and many others have also shared similar thoughts on Self-Governance.

Concept Note

Native models refer to the development of socioeconomic, political and legal systems that are based on the cultural ethos of the land while respecting community freedom, autonomy and biodiversity. The concept of Ramarajya which exists in Bharath since ages and re-envisioned by Gandhiji in recent times is based on Dharma and a State that least rules the people. In the Mahabharatha, Bhishmacharya also envisages a Stateless state wherein the people govern themselves in accordance with Dharma.

Historical evidences indicate that the Empires of Bharath excelled in Self-Governance. The Chola and Gupta dynasties are examples. Villages formed the basic administrative units in both the kingdoms. The villages were remarkably autonomous. The role of the officials in the village administration was more of an adviser and observer than that of a controller. Consequently there was unhindered development at the local level, reasonably free of the effects of the political changes at the apex. This also is the reason behind the cultural continuity and prosperity of the society.

Canadian indigenous people’s rule is another example of Self-Governance. Prior to the arrival of Europeans in North America, the people were organized as sovereign units. They had their own culture, economy, government and laws. Their ownership over the lands and resources were subject to responsibilities placed on them by the divine, to care for the land and share it with all other creatures.

Many such examples can be found in the pages of ancient Chinese, African, British and Australian history. Recognizing the importance of Self-Governance, many countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Canada and Bharath, have now amended their constitutions to reflect the autonomy of their communities.

With the advent of Industrial revolution during the 17" Century in Europe, materialism gained prominence. This transformation led to a skewed developmental model which later spread across the globe as a result ofcolonization.

The colonial masters deployed various mechanism to assert and legitimize their superiority in the name of a ‘civilizing’ mission. The Self-Governing structures of education, justice, administration, agriculture, temples and economy were all taken over and exploited by the colonizers. This resulted in the gradual collapse of the self-hood of such countries.

The developmental paradigm based on materialism, individualism, unbridled exploitation of natural resources, centralized administration and production has resulted in inequality, health and environmental crisis. The economic inequality has reached the point where the top 1% own more than one-fourth of total wealth. This disparity, if not addressed in time will result in various sorts of political, economic and social catastrophes. Thus, ensuring equitability while achieving materialistic progress is one of the most critical challenges being faced by humanity.

At this critical juncture, the entire globe is exploring potential alternative models of Development and Governance. Keeping this in mind, each country has to develop its own model based on self-sufficiency, autonomy and mutual cooperation. The philosophy of Swaraj serves as the pathway in this direction.

  • To build a strong academic discourse on Swaraj by bringing to light many native models Self-Governance from across the world.
  • To explore native models of Self-Governance by inviting research papers, case studies and new discourses on chosen themes.
  • To facilitate the identification of distinct and best practices, for contemporary application and adoption.
  • To promote collaboration among Thinkers and Practioners of Swaraj philosophy from across the World to facilitate Policy interventions.
  • To foster and encourage research into distinguished art of Governance, way of life as guided by Dharma.

Call For Papers

We invite Research papers, Case studies, New discourses on followings themes and sub-themes.



(Five Elements of Nature)

  1. Air quality
  2. Water Management
  3. Soil Health
  4. Waste Management
  5. Energy Management
  6. Bio- Diversity and Ecology



  1. Rituals and Festivals
  2. Life Style and Values
  3. Temple Ecosystem
  4. Cultural traditions
  5. Native Education system
  6. Family and Community
  7. Impact of Colonization
  8. Women in Traditional Societies



(Good Governance)

  1. Native models
  2. Self-Governance
  3. Concept and Role of State
  4. Conflict Resolution
  5. Ramrajya
  6. Technology for Good Governance



(Economy and Development)

  1. Agriculture and Allied activities
  2. Traditional Occupations
  3. Food Processing and Value addition
  4. Technology for Rural Economy
  5. Cluster Based Product Development
  6. Holistic Rural Development
  7. Marketing Rural Products



(Health and Wellness)

  1. Preventive Health Care
  2. Ayurved and Yog
  3. Traditional Medicine
  4. Sports and Physical Fitness
  5. Mental Health


Important Dates

Abstracts: January 30th 2023

Full Papers: February 15th 2023

Guidelines for submission of Abstracts/Full Paper

We are looking for qualitative research paper and the selected paper will be published in a reputed journal.

Conference Registration Fees

Indian Students : ₹1,000
Indian Delegates : ₹2,500
Foreign Students : $50
Foreign Delegates : $100

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