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By Swami Harshananda
Niti literally means ‘that which leads towards the good’.
Various meanings or inferences of the word are as follows:
- In the most general sense, the word ‘nīti’ means ‘morality’ and ‘ethics’.
- In course of time, it was considered as an abbreviation of rājanīti or political science.
- The word is also used to indicate any systematized form of thought like Śukranīti and Viduranīti.
- Dharma, which is a more comprehensive word, includes nīti.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore