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The Aristocracy of Southern India (In 2 Volumes)

 
A. Vadivelu (Author)
Synopsis The map of British India, before the advent of Indian independence, was of a different complexion. One-third of It was depicted as princly India where native rulers wielded undisputed authority in their States under the over all might of British paramountcy. The native princes, the scions of ancient ruling houses, presented a most colourful and aristocratic segment of society. Their magnificent palaces, the grandeour of their elephants, their quaint but costly costumes, their munificence and the rich paraphernalia, with which they always moved, presented a contrasts to the grueling poverty of their subjects. And yet they commanded a respect and obedience of their people which had no parallel elsewhere. Vol. 1: In the present volume the author, an eminent journalist and writer of his times, has given a highly interesting and informative account of fifteen aristocratic ruling families of Southern India which had been in existence at the dawn of the twentieth century. It is a gripping and authoritative record of the landed aristocracy whose exploits were sung in ballads and received much lime-light in the pages of contemporary history. The author first served his connection with the journal of which he was the editor and then in his own words, “set out on my enterprise with the object of personally collecting facts for the book. I interviewed almost all the noblemen who figure in the book, ransacked their records and culled out as much information as I thought would be useful to me”. The fruits of his labour are embodied in the present volume. Vol. 2: The author, an eminent journalist and writer of his times, was greatly encouraged by the reception according to the First volume on the /Aristocracy of Southern India. He therefore took up the venture of writing the second volume of the series. The fruits of his labour are embodied in the present volume. It contains a highly interesting and informative account of twenty more aristocratic ruling families of Southern India which had been ain existence at the dawn of the twentieth century. It is a grippinig and authoritative record of the landed aristocracy whose exploits were sung in ballads and which received much lime-light in the pages of contemporary history. As was the case when he undertook the project of first volume, he (to quote his own words) “made a long tour, visited most of the noblemen figuring in this book, and had the privilege of obtaining access to the papers in their record. With a large mass of evidence before me, I have endeavoured to divest myself of party and local prejudices and have given the result of a laborious investigation by presenting a true picture of the times….” It is not that all the representatives of aristocracy, mentioned in this volume, are exclusively males. There are also two shrewd but talented ladies – the Zamidarni of Gollaprolu Muttah and the Zamidarni of Gutalah Muttah – who managed their affairs and administered their estates with as much courage, enterprise and acumen as their male counterparts in the other States. Such a remarkable book, which is being published after a long lapse of eighty years, and which serves as a window on the aristocracy of the Southern India of nearly a century ago, must be the proud possession of all students and research scholars, public and private libraries, libraries of all Schools and all the Institutes of higher learning. This will also serve as an eye-opener for people of North and will help promote national integration.
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Title The Aristocracy of Southern India (In 2 Volumes)
Author A. Vadivelu
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1984
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xiv+232p., x+348p., B/w Plates; 23cm.
Subjects History