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<i>Vivādarṇavasetu</i> and <i>A Code of Gentoo Laws</i>

Nandini Bhattacharyya Panda

in Appropriation and Invention of Tradition

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690484
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690484.003.0003
Vivādarṇavasetu and A Code of Gentoo Laws

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The end product of the initiatives discussed in Chapter 2 was the first digest of ‘Hindu law’ in Sanskrit, the Vivādarṇavasetu, and its English rendering, The Code of Gentoo Laws. This chapter focuses on three questions. First, whether the text and its English rendering reflected the ideology, interests, and inhibitions of the British officials, and if so, to what extent? Second, whether the codification continued the Dharmaśāstra tradition of discussing the norms and practices regarding property or whether it involved deviations that constituted an invention of tradition? Third, whether and to what extent the codification and its English rendering accommodated new issues relating to Hindu rules of property and inheritance?

Keywords: Hindu law; Vivādarṇavasetu; codification; Dharmaśāstra; property and inheritance; A Code of Gentoo Laws

Chapter.  17716 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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