9781316104392 (ebook) 9781107087927 (hardback) 9781107458208 (paperback)
Cambridge studies in law and society.
The Indian village council, or panchayat, has long held an iconic place in India. Ironies of Colonial Governance traces the history of that ideal and the attempts to adapt it to colonial governance. Beginning with an in-depth analysis of British attempts to introduce a system of panchayat governance during the early nineteenth century, it analyses the legacies of these actions within the structures of later colonial administrations as well as the early nationalist movement. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which the ideologies of panchayat governance evolved during this period and to the transnational exchange and circulation of panchayat ideologies.
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Formatted Contents Note
Introduction The Rise and Fall of the Panchayat in the Bombay Presidency Bringing Justice to Every Man's Door Appeals and the Language of Petitioning The Construction of Panchayat Legality The Panchayat and Trial by Jury, I : The Civil Trial The Panchayat and Trial by Jury, II : Military and Criminal Justice The Panchayat Debate in the Bengal Presidency, 1814-1830 The Panchayat from Village Republic to Municipality The Panchayat and the Building of Civil Society The Panchayat Legacy and the independence movement Conclusion.