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By B. Cohen

Rejecting simplified notions of 'civilizational clashes', this publication argues for a brand new viewpoint on Hindu, Muslim, and colonial energy family members in India. utilizing archival resources from London, Delhi, and Hyderabad, the publication uses interviews, inner most relatives files and princely-colonial files exposed outdoor of the archival repositories.

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Late in the fifteenth century two brothers, Madha Naidu and Yachama Naidu, marked out the domains of the Jatprole and Venkatagiri samasthans. Members from Venkatagiri would later establish other samasthans throughout coastal Andhra. 26 Three generations later Mulla Bhupati Naidu received a sanad (royal letter, decree) from the rulers of Vijayanagar in 1507 confirming his authority over the samasthan. 27 The Vijayanagar and Kakatiya empires provided the samasthan rajas with land grants to raise funds for troops, then as those empires fell, these leaders were agile enough to survive and square their position with newer forces in the Deccan.

An eyewitness account from the early nineteenth century provides a snapshot of what these areas looked like, and introduces some of the competing powers at play. The account comes from Enugula Veeraswamy’s journal Kasiyatra Charitra. Veeraswamy was born around 1780 in Madras. He was a Niyogi Brahman, and from an early age studied English, Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. 59 Veeraswamy embarked on a pilgrimage to Benares in May 1830, and returned in September 1831. Along the way, he kept a journal (in Telugu) that provides us with a snapshot of life in India at this time.

The Raichur doab along with Berar had been leased to the British Government. Already under the political umbrella of the British Raj, Rambhupal did not participate in the events of 1857. To the east at Jatprole, Raja Jagannath Rao seemed unlikely to take up arms against the Company. He was known for his fondness of sport, and frequently raced horses at Madras and Bangalore. He even founded the “Jatprole Cup”— which still exists. He too was able to weather events without commitment. Taking a different stance, the young raja of nearby Shorapur, B.

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