Just War Theory Bhagavadgita

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The Bhagavadgita is a tale of duty in war and why it is necessary to perform one 's duty despite the cost. However this raises the question of whether the war in the Gita was justified. The god Krishna who performs the role of charioteer for Arjuna believes that the war is just and convinces him to fight. There is a theory known as the “just war theory” which details the legitimacy beginning a conflict and proper actions during the conflict. This theory consists of two major parts (Jus Ad Bellum the right to go to war, and Jus in Bello how combatants should act) that themselves can be broken down to smaller individual elements. Some of these smaller elements will be applied to show that the war whose prelude is detailed in the Gita is not just. …show more content…
This war fails immediately in this regard as there is no mentioned endangerment to civilian life. In fact, wars of this era often conscripted civilians into the army and allocate much of their food from the lower classes. Additionally the background cause behind this war is a dynastic struggle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas which as mentioned only furthers danger to the civilians. Beyond this point however a portion of this clause specifically states that the war cannot simply be to recapture lost territory. This is the sole reason the the Pandavas are making war in the first place to reclaim their throne. This plays into another clause of just war, however, it is to such a high degree similar the point is much the same. War must be truly just and material gain is not an acceptable reason for war. In this case gaining a kingdom is not a just reason for war. With all these points considered it is to be concluded utterly that the war is unjust on this sole point, however, as stated there are other points to …show more content…
One of the last points in the theory of just war concerns the idea of last resort. This clause which states that war must be undertaken only if all other courses diplomatic or otherwise are first attempted. It is known regarding this point that the Pandava brothers petitioned the Kauravas king for their kingdom back, to which the Karuvan king agreed after a period of ten years. This period passed and only then did the Pandava brothers engage in war. On this point the war can be considered just although it is far outweighed by injustice and further points will reinforce

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