The book deals with the image of "man" that was posited in the medieval period when north Indian society was beset with crisis due to the internal conflict of sectarian ideologies as well as the onslaught of the Islamic politico-religious power. This state of socio-cultural and political situation was perceived by Vidyapati, a great poet and statesman of Mithila (north eastern part of Bihar) in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century. He recognized the significance of such socio-political and religious issues as "what is man?", "what is manliness?", "what is dharma?", etc., in a situation of multi-religious social and political of multi-religious social and political order. There is no space for jati/varna/kula in the sturucture of man presented by him. Purusa Pariksa presents his reflections on the crisis of his society in which the followers of Vedic or Sanatana dharma had begun to identify themselves as "Hindu". The book conveys his cocio-political perspective that still appears to be relevant to the issues of national regeneration and development.
About the Author:
Hetukar Jha is a professor in the department of sociology, Patna University. He has published several research papers in the journals of sociology, anthropology and history.