Hinduism and international humanitarian law

The roots of humanitarianism can be traced back to ancient India, where respect for the laws of war was deeply rooted in the armed forces. Those ancient laws established rules for the conduct of rulers towards their peoples, including, for example, the obligation to treat the vanquished humanely and the prohibition of poisoned weapons.

About the author

Manoj Kumar Sinha

Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden, and Assistant Professor (on leave), at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.