Communication and Colonialism in Eastern India: Bihar, by Nitin Sinha

By Nitin Sinha

Via a nearby concentrate on Bihar among the 1760s and Eighteen Eighties, ‘Communication and Colonialism in jap India’ unearths the transferring and contradictory nature of the colonial state’s regulations and discourses on conversation. the quantity explores the altering courting among exchange, delivery and mobility in India, as glaring within the buying and selling and mercantile networks working at a variety of scales of the economic climate. Of the most important significance to this examine are the ways that wisdom approximately roads and routes was once accumulated via practices of trip, excursions, surveys, and map-making, all of which benefited the nation in its makes an attempt to constitution a regime that may control ‘undesirable’ varieties of mobility.

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8 Communication and Colonialism in Eastern India In our brief identification of spatial–cultural terms in pre-colonial times,33 next (not sequentially) comes the role of faith and religion, which complemented or accompanied the remarks made on climate and land that further rounded off the spatial observations. 34 Dar-al Harb was always juxtaposed to Dar-al Islam. 35 One simple reason behind calling places Dar-al Harb was to legitimize the act of political and military conquest. However, it would be misleading to see such representations only in functional terms: they were not just the legitimizing apparatus of territorial expansion, they also represented the ideological underpinnings of the Islamicate classification of landforms, topography and climate, from which religion and faith were not inseparable.

Jadunath Sarkar (Calcutta, 1947), 158 and also in J. , ‘A Description of North Bengal in 1609 A. ’, BPP 35 (1928): 146. Babur used this term to distinguish between ‘civilized’ and ‘uncivilized’ spaces: wilayat to him meant an agrarian or sedentary region, often in contrast to the steppes. Stephen Dale, ‘The Poetry and Autobiography of the Babur-nama’, Journal of Asian Studies 55, no. 3 (1996): 641. 12 Another connected region – Afghanistan – to which north India was inseparably tied, was also seen as ‘foreign’ and its rulers ‘foreigners’, at least by contemporary Mughal chroniclers who saw Mirza Hakim, half-brother of Akbar, who ruled from Kabul, in such a way.

Hosten, ‘Relation of the Capuchin Missions in Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia and East Indies (1644–47)’, Bengal Past and Present 37, no. 74, pt 2 (1929): 107. ] These expressions were in use as late as the late eighteenth century. For instance, see ‘Account of the Manners of the INHABITANTS of India within the Ganges’, Weekly Miscellany; or Instructive Entertainer, 2, 38, June 1774. In this article the Ganga has been used to define the whole of the subcontinent. Some authors also used the ‘within the Ganges’ phrase for peninsular India.

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