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The Many Lives of A Rajput Queen: Heroic Pasts in India c. 1500-1900

The Many Lives of A Rajput Queen: Heroic Pasts in India c. 1500-1900
Item Code: IHG079
Author: Ramya Sreenivasan
Publisher: Permanent Black
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8178241854
Pages: 276 (4 B/W Maps)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8 inch X 5.7 inch
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This book is centred on the legend of Padmini, the medieval Rajput queen widely believed to have been pursued by Alauddin Khalji, Sultan of Delhi. Sreenivasan investigates the many narratives that exist about this heroic queen’s legend in India, ranging from Sufi mystical romances in the sixteenth century to nationalist histories in the late nineteenth century.

The Book explores the manner in which early modern regional elites, caste groups, and mystical and monastic communities shaped their distinctive versions of past times through the repeated refashioning of this legend. It then traces the appropriations of these narrations by colonial administrators and nationalist intellectuals for varying political ends.

In the process, the author successfully shows us not only how particular narratives about virtuous women changed and circulated across the communities of South Asia, but also the social and history that occurred simultaneously.

This book will interest historians of memory, gender, community, culture, and history-writing in early modern and modern South Asia. In illustrating how significant legends about the past emerged out of particular pre-colonial repositories of ‘tradition’, the book also contributes to current debates on the nature of colonial transitions and the nature of pre-colonial historical consciousness.

Ramya Sreenivasan received her early training in the study of literature, and obtained her Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is Assistant Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Back of the Book

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Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
THE SCANDAL OF THE STATE Women, Law, and Citizenship in Postcolonial India

Nivedita Menon
RECOVERING SUBVERSION Feminist Politics Beyond the Law

Charu Gupta
SEXUALITY, OBSCENITY, COMMUNITY Women, Muslims, and the Hindu Public in Colonial India

Tanika Sarkar
HINDU WIFE, HINDU NATION Community, religion, and Cultural Nationalism

Ratna Kapur
EROTIC JUSTICE Law and the New Politics of Postcolonialism

Jorg Fisch
IMMOLATING WOMEN A Global History of Widom-burning from Ancient Time to the Present

Acknowledgements vi
Note on Transliteration and Usage ix
List of Maps x
1 Introduction 1
2 Sufi Tale of Rajputs in Sixteenth-century Avadh 22
3 Rajput Kings and their Pasts in the Mughal Period 65
4 Tales of Past Glory under Early Colonial Indirect Rule (c. 1750-1850) 117
5 Exemplary Patriotism in the Late Nineteenth Century 157
6 Conclusion 201
7 Appendix 1: Summaries of Selected Versions of the Legend 207
8 Appendix 2: List of Known Versions/Manuscripts/Editions of the Padmini Legend 228
Bibliography 235

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