Start by marking Peasants and Monks in British India as Want to Read . Perhaps no two images are more associated with rural India than the peasant who labors in an oppressive, inflexible social structure and the ascetic monk who denounces worldly concerns.
Start by marking Peasants and Monks in British India as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Pinch argues that, contrary to these stereotypes, North India's monks and peasants have not been passive observers of history; they have often been engaged with questions of identity, status, and ly during the British period.
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Indian peasants and monks did not live in social and religious isolation, from the world or from each other. This book, then, is a history of the ways in which religion intersected with dramatic political and social change in colonial India. India has long been represented as a place of timeless peasants and ageless monks, and not just by an intellectual elite that is today labeled Orientalist. To the British administrator, the peasant represented an India that was noble, honest, and good. The monk, by contrast, represented an Orient that was mysterious, unpredictable, and dangerous.
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Peasants and Monks in British India. A Note on Translation and Transliteration. But increasingly the voices of the peasants could be heard above the din of imputed identities, voices asserting a new conception of themselves. This challenge was quick to draw immediate attention and equally quick attempts at refutation from the social elite.
List Price : US$ 4. 4 Our Price : US$ 3. 3. According to strict social science definitions, colonial India was a peasant society. By far the vast majority of the population of the subcontinent lived in villages, and well over half the working population was engaged directly in agriculture. You Save 20% + FREE DELIVERY WORLDWIDE. These villages were not isolated communities : the urban magnates maintained important social, economic, and political ties to the countryside to secure the steady stream of agricultural provinces that transcended lines of caste and clan and whose complex bureaucratic dimensions reflected the agrarian revenue potential.
The British rule in India witnessed several peasant movements. I will attempt a brief summary of his chapter; The Condition of the Indian Peasantry. The poverty problem in India; being a dissertation on the causes and remedies of Indian poverty. The poverty of peasants then, as now, was often discussed, argued, analysed and ignored. Chandra Ray reminds us that 70–90% of Indians lived by tilling the soil.
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