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Towards a Second Code The Response to New Imperatives

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/9780195690484.003.0004
Towards a Second Code The Response to New Imperatives

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This chapter explores the crucial factors that generated an incentive as well as a compulsion to compile a new code of ‘Hindu law’. It begins by analyzing changes in official attitudes, increasingly favourable to the zamindars and leading towards a permanent settlement with them. It then discusses legal disputes that came before the law courts following the compilation of the first (The Code of Gentoo Laws). These cases demonstrate how complex the succession disputes were as also the fact that their solutions were not comprehensively spelt out in the first Code.

Keywords: Hindu law; code; zamindars; colonial India; The Code of Gentoo Laws

Chapter.  23784 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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