Definition of Panch Shila in US English:

Panch Shila


  • The five principles of peaceful relations between India and China, stated in a treaty signed by both countries in 1954. Also (in later and extended use): such principles as underlying Indian foreign policy generally, or peaceful coexistence between other countries.


1950s; earliest use found in Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964), prime minister of India. From Sanskrit pañcaśīla five principles (originally of moral conduct in Buddhism: see note) from pañca five + śīla character, disposition, good conduct.