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Colonising the Wastelands | Books

Studies of rural Indian history have focused overwhelmingly on cultivated India, premised very much on the notion that rural India is synonymous with village India. For the most part this body of work has ignored the communities that lie outside the village, dependent for their livelihoods on forest or grasslands. Neeladri Bhattacharya's superb account of 100 years of British rule in Punjab argues that such

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