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Appropriation and Invention of TraditionThe East India Company and Hindu Law in Early Colonial Bengal$
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Nandini Bhattacharya-Panda

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195690484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195690484.001.0001

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Towards a Second Code The Response to New Imperatives

Towards a Second Code The Response to New Imperatives

(p.137) Chapter IV Towards a Second Code The Response to New Imperatives
Appropriation and Invention of Tradition

Nandini Bhattacharyya Panda

Oxford University Press

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

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