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The Princely States and the Making of Modern India

The Princely States and the Making of Modern India

The Princely States and the Making of Modern India

D A Prasanna, K Sadashiva

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ISBN 978-93-82460-68-8
Type Printed
Pages 212
Category Reference Books, General Interest Books, History Series, All Books, Printed Book
Publisher MUP Book

India’s Princely States have enjoyed only a minor place in the narrative of modern nationhood. Certain Princely States used the dynamics of transfer of power to carve autonomy from the colonial British to advance their societies. Some of the Princely States modernized their education, public health and industrial sectors way ahead of the British administered territories. Prof Washbrook provides a macro picture of the dynamics in the Princely States of South India and sees a distinctive and indigenous form of modernity. Hierarchy, religion, heredity, and caste were not obliterated for rationalism and secularism. As socialism and pseudo-secularism are fading away, the significance of the indigenous forms of modernity of the Princely States becomes more relevant to understand India in the 21st century. Ten historians thought leaders provide an interesting perspective to make it a compelling read. K Sadashiva is the architect of this book. As he developed the theme and brought together historians from various parts of the world, an interesting tapestry was woven. He is a historian actively researching the Indian Union, the Princely States and the rise of political power of caste and class in independent India. D A Prasanna has an interest in history, visual art, public health, and education. He has supported new initiatives in these fields and has actively nurtured ideas to result in outcomes.


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