There is no human phenomenon which is more baffling than Suicide. It has always puzzled and intrigued the thinking mind that man, in a moment of frenzy, should kill himself and in one stroke end that mighty dream of his the life - which he has so selfishly built.
To this day, there is not a single undivided opinion on suicide. Some have commended it; others have condemned it. Even our ancient seers and philosophers have taken sides on the issue. But suicide has continued unabated and so also its implications on society.
Here is an illuminating book which has this unusual subject as the topic of its study and tackles it from every conceivable angle. In it, origins of suicide have been traced in history, both remote and recent; its religious manifestations have been discussed in detail; its modes, past and present, as current in various lands, have been outlined; views, for and against, have been presented and statistics quoted. More than all, it emphasizes the need for positive action in India in planning and executing measures to curb the evil of self-annihilation.
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Origin of the word suicide
Views of modern sociologists
Suicide in relation to crime and law
A vital part of sociological study
LiteraryArchaeologicalForeign AccountsAccounts as detailed in East India Company records and modern works.
Various causes of suicidesCauses and Factors as enumerated in ancient classical and mediaeval worksviews of Kautilya and other lawgiversViews of medical authoritiesContributions of Psychology, Sociology and CriminologyInstances citedCauses arranged under various heads.
A comparative study of suicide in Asiatic and western countriesDifferent methods employed in ChinaJapan, a country of suicidesVarious modes and methods such as the famous Harakira, Shinju, Junshi, etc.Novel method to check suicides introduced by the Post-War Japanese GovernmentSuicide, once a great urge among the people of RussiaSuicide in Burma and also among the Karens of BurmaIn the western WorldDifferent views and philosophies advanced by western thinkers, philosophers and reformersConclusions
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