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The State in India: Past and Present

The State in India: Past and Present
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Item Code: IDF351
Author: Masaaki Kimura, Akio Tanabe
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 0195672771
Pages: 333
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
weight of the book: 570 gms
From the Jacket :

Is the state today an offshoot of the pre-colonial Indian state or was it introduced by British colonial rule? This volume reviews critical questions about the emergence of the state in India from ancient times to the modern period. It discusses its role, account various approaches and points of view.

Discussing the state in the context of its historical reflexivity and cultural sensitivity, the book goes beyond the critique of the Indian state from Euro-centric viewpoints. It also addresses fundamental issues central to the multifaceted understanding of the state in India.

The volume offers significant insights into the relationship between state and society and those between secularity and religiosity in India. Combining critical theoretical inputs with sound empirical analyses, it brings together the insight of an interdisciplinary array of experts from across the globe.

Its engagement with a highly topical theme makes this book a significant read for students and scholars, as also journalists, policymakers, and informed lay readers interested in the Indian state.

About the Author :

Masaaki Kimura is Professor of Comparative Politics, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University.

Akio Tanabe is Associate Professor, Institute of Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.

CONTENTS

Prefacevii
List of Contributorsix
Introduction - Akio Tanabe1
SECTION I: FORMATION AND CONCEPT OF THE STATE
1.State and Kingship in the Period of the Sixteen Mahajanapadas in Ancient North India 
Gen'ichi Yamazaki
37
2.The Integrative Model of State Formation in Early Medieval India: Some Historiographic Remarks 
Hermann Kulke
59
3.The Social Background of State Formation in India
Masaaki Kimura
82
SECTION II: FORMS AND PROCESS OF THE STATE
4.Dosa (Sin) - Prayascitta (Penance):
The Predominating Ideology in the Medieval Deccan
Hiroyuki Kotani
103
5.The Coin of the Realm: (Un)Making Polities in Late Pre-Colonial South Asia
Sanjay Subrahmanyam
120
6.The Mirasi System as Social Grammar: State, Local Society, and Raiyat in Eighteenth-Nineteenth Century South India
Tsukasa Mizushima
140
7.Early Modernity and Colonial Transformation: Rethinking the Role of the King in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Orissa, India
Akio Tanabe
202
8.The Ethnographic State
Nicholas B. Dirks
229
SECTION III: IDEAS AND PROBLEMATICS OF THE STATE
9.The Secularity of the State
Peter van der Veer
257
10.Hindu Priests under Secular Government: A Case Study of the Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram, South India
Masakazu Tanaka
270
11.Democratic Culture and Images of the State: India's Unending Ambivalence
Ashis Nandy
282
12.The Indian State in the Evolving International Order
Matin Zuberi
302

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