By Nandini Bhattacharyya Panda

This publication, strongly grounded in basic assets, makes a huge contribution to the highbrow background of early smooth Bengal. It brings to mild the complicated interpenetration of numerous pursuits, evaluations, and ideologies articulated via quite a few social teams implicated within the means of colonization at the traces of Ranajit Guha's paintings on estate relatives in Bengal and Radhika Singha's paintings on legislations. there isn't any similar paintings in particular near to Hindu estate rights and the way those got here to be perceived or interpreted in early sleek Bengal. the writer explores the so-called compendia ready lower than British auspices and argues that there has been rarely any hyperlink among the Smritis and the legislation. The latter have been made up our minds virtually totally by means of altering British coverage with reference to land profit and that a few of the optimistic positive factors of Hindu customized like women's rights to estate have been undermined within the process.

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