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The Princely Hunt and Kshatriyahood

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Hunting wild animals by pre-colonial rulers of India often symbolised the legitimacy and assertion of their royal authority. Through collaborative imperial operations, the Raj restored many pre-colonial traditions of Indian royalty. Contextualising the metaphorical use of wildlife, this paper seeks to answer why and how the pre-colonial notion of kshatriyahood was restored and reinforced in the form of 'game' of an Anglicised Indian prince in the wilderness of northern Bengal at a time in which English masculinity, militarism and game hunting intersected and substituted each other.
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Keywords: Cooch Behar; Nripendra Narayan; game hunting; kshatriyahood; militarism

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2015

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