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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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Vivādabhangārṇava and A Digest of Hindoo Laws

Vivādabhangārṇava and A Digest of Hindoo Laws

(p.201) Chapter V Vivādabhangārṇava and A Digest of Hindoo Laws
Appropriation and Invention of Tradition

Nandini Bhattacharyya Panda

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the second compilation of ‘Hindu law’, the Vivādabhangārṇava and its translation A Digest of Hindoo Laws. Its aim is to trace how these texts internalized the ideas and attitudes of the new generation of officials and accommodated those issues which were either absent from the Vivādarṇavasetu or not discussed satisfactorily in that compilation and the The Code of Gentoo Laws. The analysis also identifies the differences between the two texts in terms of how the themes selected and the way they were commented upon. It reveals how the second text undertook to incorporate certain issues that had been discussed in the courtroom and before the Revenue Council between 1772 and 1793.

Keywords:   Hindu law, code, Revenue Council, colonial India, A Digest of Hindoo Laws, The Code of Gentoo Laws

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