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History of The Koch Kingdom: c.1515-1615

D. Nath (Author)
Synopsis This book is the first of its kind to study both political and socio-cultural aspects of a tribe that formed, along with numerous others, a state in the north-eastern region of India. The north-eastern region of India. The Koches belonging to the stock of the present day Meches, Garos, Rabhas, Lalungs, Hojais, Hajongs and other Bodo groups of the greater Mongoloid race established a kingdom in the western Brahmaputra valley in the early 16th century. Very soon, the state extended over almost the entire north-east India at the cost of the other neighbouring tribes and for a time it was found that this were the greatest kingdom that any tribe was the greatest kingdom that any tribe had ever formed in the region . Such political glory was, however, short-lived. Internal strife and external aggression made the state dwindle into insignificance. But its kimportance lies in other aspects as well. The Brahmins left no stone unturned to Hinduise the royal family immediately after they had acquired political power. It so happened that the near relatives of the king not only became stern followers of Brahmanical Hindusm, but also tried their best to patronize both Brahmanic and Vaishnavite cultures and Institutions in the court. Sanskrit learning became an ideal of the neo-Hinduised royal family. The Brahmins and the royal officers receiving grants or assignments of land, the members of the royal household and other feudal landlords e.g. the ‘Bhuyans’ formed the culturally and economically advanced class. The vast masses of people remained the bottom of the society. This is how the sociopolitical elite of the state acquired the identity of a separate class and the whole tribe becamea caste-tribe continuum. Besides dealing with the problem of the original habitat and racial affinity of the tribe, the rise and fall of the Koch political power is also discussed in this volume. The way of administration, the nature of the society and economy and the patronage of religion and literature by the kings are also dealt with in proper perspective.
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About the author

D. Nath

Dr. D. Nath (b.1954)had brilliant academic career. He stood first class first in M.A. (History) from Dibrugarh University in 1976 and obtained the University Gold Medal. He taught for some time as Lecturer in J.D..S.G. College, okakhat and Darrang College, Bokakhat and Darrang College, Tezpur till 1979. Currently he is Lecturer in the Department of History, Dibrugarh University. He was awarded Ph.D. in 1983. Dr. Nath is a member of the All India History Congress, the North-East India Association and the North East India Council for Social Science Research. Besides a number of research papers published in different journals, he has to his credit a large number of research and popular articles in Assamese. A book Assam Buranji (History of Assam) is one of his latest literary achievements.

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Title History of The Koch Kingdom: c.1515-1615
Author D. Nath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170991099
length xvi+252p., Plates; Map; Appendix; References; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History