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By Romila Thapar

A set Of Papers That translates Afresh, identified evidence concerning the Early interval Of Indian historical past as much as the top Of the 1st Millennium advert. The Papers talk about a number of linked issues corresponding to Society And faith, Social category And Mobility And The examine Of local background. an invaluable Reference publication For Postgraduate scholars Of background.

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E. J. Hobsbawm. London, 1964. 12. , in the works of F. J. Stephen, J. Strachey, A. Lyall. 13. H. Maine, Ancient Law (London, 1861) ; Village Communities East and West (London, 1871). 14. This is best seen in the works of W. W. Hunter and J. Talboys Wheeler. 15. Comte, The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte, ed. H. , 1853) II, p. 238. Comte was greatly appreciated by nine­ teenth-century Indian intellectuals, and his writing was a formative element in some aspects of Indian thinking during this period.

The republican background nurtured an individualistic tradition in Buddhism with a strong sup­ port for the kind of social and moral attitudes implicit in human rights. Despite the tradition having to contend with a caste society, the rights of the individual are given due stress. The Hindu tradition is in comparison far more com­ plicated. This is due in part to the fact that it has to be analysed from two perspectives. There is firstly the over­ all framework o f Hindu society where the emphasis is on duties and, judging by the Law Books, access to rights is limited to the privileged classes.

R. Thapar, Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, p. 251-66. 23. Heterodox opinions were held in the early period by sects such as the Buddhists, Jainas, Ajlvikas, Cärväkas, etc. Later sects included the Tamil devotional cult, the various facets of the Bhakti movement, and the more esoteric sects such as the Tantrics. 24. d . d . strengthened the forces of orthodoxy and authoritarianism, particularly in the monarchies which emerged dur­ ing this time. 25. The history of a sflk-weavers guild of the Gupta period, as described in the Mandasor Inscription, is an excellent example of this.

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