The Rathors and the Marwar <i>Desh</i>

Nandita Prasad Sahai

in Politics of Patronage and Protest

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678963
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081660 | DOI:
The Rathors and the Marwar Desh

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This chapter reviews the historical trajectory of the state during the rise and reigns of the Rathor maharajas of Jodhpur. Their realization that kingly power could not be exerted through military might and coercive strength alone in a landscape where harsh ecological conditions prevailed, forced them to devise strategies to retain labor within the state. The appeasement and the pacification of labour resulted in the need for surveillance and information gathering regarding the needs of the people. Petitions, documentation, and the orderly recording of grievances (in Rukka Parwana Bahis, Ohada Bahis, Hath Bahis, and Patta Bahis) became important.

Keywords: Marwar; pacification of labour; Marwari trade; Marwari mercantile groups; mandis; haat; metallic currency; coinage

Chapter.  16497 words.  Illustrated.

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