CONTENTS:- Preface; Acknowledgement; 1. Introduction; 2. Economic, Social and Political Background; 3. The Contributors and their Contributions; 4. Development of Philosophical Assumptions; 5. Satisfaction of Human Needs; 6. Organization of Economic Activities; 7. Business and Commercial Transactions; 8. Origin of Human Inequalities; 9. Resources for Management of Human Needs; 10. The Gurus' Economic Thought and Their Relevance Today; 11. The Gurus' Ideological Leanings; 12. The Impact of the Gurus' Thoughts on the People's Life; Annexures; (i) Guru Granth; (ii) Dasam Granth; (iii) Janam Sakhi; (iv) Hukamnama; (v) Rahitnama; (vi) Towns founded by the Gurus; Bibliography; Index.
Economic Thought of the Sikh Gurus reveals how down-to-earth the Sikh religion is, and demonstrates the absolutely secular nature of that way of life. J.R. Dass has analysed the contribution of the Sikh Gurus from Nanak to Gobind Singh to the socio-economic development of Northern India. The Gurus taught and practised what were during the time extremely revolutionary economic ideas, chiefly the secular ideal of community living. Alongside the Gurus' economic ideas - found in the Sikh Scriptures - the writer has extrapolated the ideas of the classic Western economists of later years such as Adam Smith Keynes and Marshall, to prove that the Sikh Gurus were for ahead of their age in respect of their economic theories. The relevance of the Gurus' thoughts in economic revolution and the need to narrow down economic disparities are found to be relevant centuries later, in the present work.