Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires

Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires

by William R. Pinch
     
 

Many people assume, largely because of Gandhi's legacy, that Hinduism is a religion of non-violence. William R. Pinch shows just how wrong this assumption is. Using the life of Anupgiri Gosain, a Hindu ascetic who lived at the end of the eighteenth century, he demonstrates that Hindu warrior ascetics were an important component of the South Asian military labor market… See more details below

Overview

Many people assume, largely because of Gandhi's legacy, that Hinduism is a religion of non-violence. William R. Pinch shows just how wrong this assumption is. Using the life of Anupgiri Gosain, a Hindu ascetic who lived at the end of the eighteenth century, he demonstrates that Hindu warrior ascetics were an important component of the South Asian military labor market in the medieval and early modern Indian past, and crucial to the rise of British imperialism. Today, they occupy a prominent place in modern Indian imaginations, ironically as romantic defenders of a Hindu India against foreign invasion, even though they are almost totally absent from Indian history. William R. Pinch's book sets out to piece together the story of the rise and demise of warrior asceticism in India from the 1500s to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521851688
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

William R. Pinch is Associate Professor of History at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is the author of Peasants and Monks in British India (1996).

Table of Contents

1Mughal yogis28
2Warlords59
3Company gosains104
4Begums and ranis in Rasdhan148
5Shakti bhakti194
6Indian sadhus231
Kailash's counterfactual and other conclusions255

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