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Caste, Feudalism and Peasantry: The Social Formation of Shekhawati

K.L. Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The present book provides an interdisciplinary understanding of a given social formation in terms of interconnections between caste, feudalism and peasantry on the one hand, and contemporary social transformation on the other. The study explains how feudalism functioned as an over-riding politico-administrative, social and economic formation undermining even the institution of caste. The feudal mode of social relations as a dominant force guided everyday life of the people of Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Such a view is substantiated by innumerable accounts, events, incidences and locally written documents and books. One could trace some continuity of the past social formation in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal in the form of 'semi-feudalism' as characterised by some scholars, but such a situation is not traceable in the present day Rajasthan which was a prominent stronghold of feudalism prior to independence. Today a remarkable discontinuity in distributive processes and social relations, simultaneous occurence of the processes of upward and downward social mobility and a self-perpetuating process of social transformation could be witnessed in the Shekhawati region. However, despite such a desireable path of social transformation leading towards social equality, some unevenness is transparent in the present situation mainly due to the persistance of some social and economic inequalities. Land reforms and other measures have remained ineffective in neutralising the continuity of these forms of inequality in modern Rajasthan.
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About the author

K.L. Sharma

Shri K.L. Sharma, M.A. in Public Administration, was the Liaison Officer of the 15th batch of the Kailash-Mansarovar yatra in 2000. He is presently posted as Under Secretary in the Department of food and Public Distribution, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He has served in various positions and has traveled extensively. He has done a number of high-altitude treks in Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh and J&K. In the year 1988, he undertook a bicycle expedition from Delhi to Leh via Srinagar, Jozila and Kargil. His hobbies include photography and reading besides being concerned about the conservation of environment.

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Bibliographic information

Title Caste, Feudalism and Peasantry: The Social Formation of Shekhawati
Author K.L. Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 242p., Tables; 23cm.