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By Radhika Singha

This quantity bargains with law-making as a cultural company within which the colonial country needed to draw upon present normative codes of rank, prestige and gender, and re-order them to a brand new and extra particular definition of the state's sovereign correct.

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The 'ill-disposed and disord~'; vagrant', or the 'robber by profession' would have to make repal"l tion for his predatory existence on the industrious,I41 The changes introduced to conceptions of sovereignty ;If' property right had repercussions for the agencies of govern~' The loose inter-dependency of official and non-official age~' which I have described for the Mughal and eighteenth cen , regimes gradually developed towards more bureaucratized hi~; archies which centralized military and judicial functions and ~1iI arated them from property relations.

They complained that this situation made ~hem vulnerable to the machinations of their social inferiors. Munni Begum, the regent for the Bengal Nawab, said that malicious people now took pleasure in calling up men of rank before the court to submit them to this hwniliatingprocedureY In 1794an official enquiry concluded that the Islamic faith did not ban an oath on the Koran, but that Brahmins of a certain order were prohibited from oath-taking. But the concession which government gave was not restricted to such Brahmins alone.

660. ' ItwouJd seem that the 'principle People' of the locality shared this opinion. , pp. 649, 653, 656. Stzztrwll/: officer appoint~ to collect the revenue in place of the zamindar or revenue-farmer. 21 Magistrates sometimes arrested men from)o IV caste or wandering groups on the representation of'respeetllble inhabitants' when there had been some local robberies. Cf. Magt Chapra to Sub-Secy, 4May 1793, Board ofRevenue, Police, vol. 2, 1793, p. 419, West Bengal State ArclUves, Calcutta (henceforth .

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