Sovereignty and Social Reform in India: British Colonialism and the Campaign against Sati, 1830-1860 by Andrea Major
The British prohibition of sati (the funeral practice of widow sacrifice) in 1829 was considered a typical example of colonial social reform. This was not the end of the story,…
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The British prohibition of sati (the funeral practice of widow sacrifice) in 1829 was considered a typical example of colonial socialreform. This was not the end of the story, but between 1830 and 1860, officials of the British East India Company were engaged in a debate with the Indian rulers of Rajput and Maratha princely states in northwestern India over the prohibition and suppression of Sati in their country. province.
This book examines the debates that led to legislation in these areas, arguing that they were useful in setting the terms for postcolonial discussions about Sati and, more generally, in setting criteria for British participation in Indian social and religious issues. This book offers a reinterpretation of the major themes of sovereignty, power, and socialreform in the history of colonial South Asia by examining the pragmatic, political, moral, and ideological forces that underpinned British policies and attitudes toward Sati.
The author highlights the complex ways in which East India Company officials negotiated the limits of their own power in India, their notions of nature and the extent of Indian princely sovereignty, and argues that the so-called 'mission of civilization' was often dependent on local conditions and political advantage rather than From the universal imperialist principles; The book also evaluates Indian responses to the supposed retrofit rhetoric. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in South Asian history as well as British colonial studies..
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