Pastoralism, Trade, and Settlement in Saurashtra and Kachchh

Samira Sheikh

in Forging a Region

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198060192
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080137 | DOI:

Series: SOAS Studies on South Asia

Pastoralism, Trade, and Settlement in Saurashtra and Kachchh

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The physical environment in which trade and politics in Saurashtra and Kachchh functioned differed from that in eastern Gujarat. Migrations into Gujarat were of two kinds. One was the incursion of small bands of warriors, who were often dispossessed junior relatives of established lineages in Rajasthan who arrived in search of patrons and employers and offered their military services. The other kind was the incursion of entire clans with their cattle wealth and families, who moved south due to famine, local oppression, or to find better pastures. This chapter explores pastoralism, trade, and settlement in Saurashtra and Kachchh. It looks at an instance of the immigration, rise, and political significance of a merchant group in the Jagadūcarita, the verse biography in Sanskrit of a Jain merchant prince of Kachchh who lived in the thirteenth century.

Keywords: Saurashtra; Kachchh; trade; politics; migrations; pastoralism; settlement; Jagadūcarita; clans

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