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The Jat Rulers of Upper Doab: Three Centuries of Aligarh Jat Nobility (A Regional Micro History of Thenuas)

Jagbir Singh (Author)
Synopsis This is a regional micro history of the Jat taluqdars, locally called ‘rajas’, of the Ganga-Jamuna Upper Doab. It encompasses the periods of two great empires, the Mughal and the British, and focuses on the peasant and his problems, both in regard to the land he tilled and the persons higher up the ladder, with whom he, perforce, came into contact with. It also focuses on the basic change that the later imperial administration sought to bring about in the social and administrative fabric of the country. The Jat Rajas of Mursan and Hathras were tiny principalities, but behind them and at their call, was a very large fraternity of well knit clan zamindars who dominated the rural village scene in that part of the country. Their interaction with other communities, or the kin of their own communities, demonstrated a unity of purpose and unique qualities of leadership. It was these qualities that enabled them to take on the might of the likes of Aurangzeb and the Rajas of Amer. That they thought much ahead of their times is seen in their policies, like for example, that of Raja Mahendra Pratap of Hathras, who strode onto the national scene and espoused the cause of the poor and the untouchables, long before our most highly respected national leaders could even think of doing so. This book makes interesting reading for students of history in particular and for all those in general interested in the social order and culture of a civilised nation that spans a period of 6,000 years.
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About the author

Jagbir Singh

Jagbir Singh is the Head, Dept. of Geography, Swami Shraddhanand College, University of Delhi, India. For the past fourteen years he has concerned himself with deeper issues involving environmental disasters (both natural and man made), environmental ecology and sustainability. The use of Remote Sensing, GPS and GIS has enabled him to work at local, national and international levels. He has received scholarships to attend international conferences in Sweden, U.S.A., Australia, Uzbekistan, Singapore and Malaysia. Dr. Singh convened two international and three national conferences related to environmental issues at global levels. He has written many books including "Tourism Geography", "Tsunamis: Threats and Management", "Environment and Development: Opportunities and Challenges" and "Ecotourism." Dr. Singh has completed his Ph.D. on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Currently he is doing his MBA in Disaster Management from I.P. University, Delhi, India. 

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Title The Jat Rulers of Upper Doab: Three Centuries of Aligarh Jat Nobility (A Regional Micro History of Thenuas)
Author Jagbir Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8179100162
length xxxii+334p., Maps; Photographs
Subjects History