Replaying the cultural card, which had acquired a rich patina of moral superiority by the time the British conquered the Punjab in , trumped most anti-imperial compunctions in Victorian England. Edwardes, at pains to sustain the official high-caste Hindu hypergamy and dowry theory, finds himself substituting mental legerdemain for rational thought to keep the readers of his reports in awe of his cultural knowledge. Why, therefore attempt to vie with the Sureens [a wealthy section of Khatris who allegedly spent ruinously on weddings and dowries] which only a few of us can afford? Click here to watch Episode 5. It can also be fairly adduced that weddings of sons were not any more cheaply celebrated than those of daughters, and in fact, it appears that they usually cost more. Kahe ko Biyahi Badis Episode 57 part 3. And this, as we shall see, applied also to the weddings of sons. Kahe ko Biyahi Badis Episode 57 part 1.
The Brahmin-Khatri agreements reveal the regional and political significance these caste alliances had in precolonial times: There are many who read the first draft of this manuscript and offered detailed editorial and substantive comments, and to whom I would like to offer not just my thanks but also my abashed apologies for inflicting an untidy and unwieldy manuscript on them. With this in mind, we can now cut to the discovery of female infanticide in the newly conquered province of the Punjab in Written By Kaazim Zaidi. Thorburn does not find evidence to suggest even remotely that the zamindars borrowed money to underwrite wedding feasts or buy lavish dowries. Agrarian discontent in the Punjab at the turn of the century had made the situation explosive and its suppression in is often referred to as the Third Sikh War Fox
Click here to watch Episode 2. Precisely twice as many girls were missing as among the notoriously hypergamous castes. A tragically ugly family partition and my admission to the hostel of Irish Catholic Loreto Convent College in began the second phase of my training for becoming a woman in an upper-class, convent-educated Indian milieu.
There were many co-sharers in every field, from the king to the lowly village menials, and these patently included women. She has no other reason or cause for unhappiness, except that resulting from, or connected with, the demand for dowry.
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Both Sharma and Hershman use history sparingly, if at all, and make only the briefest mention of female infanticide or adverse female sex ratios as relics mahe the biyaji when explaining the intense preference for sons among Punjabis. The rest of the furniture consisted of many steel and wooden trunks; there was the very large steel trunk in which grand aunt brought her dowry. Moneylenders exploited the change to fixed cash assessments that gave them the opportunity to raise interest rates.
Even more significantly, women really looked to their own productive capacity to buy property in their own names and control it Basu He argues that a number of factors are closely correlated with this practice, and he unquestioningly sees infanticide as something that was prevalent bxdais isogamous, bride-price-accepting peasant households.
Along with these four sharply drawn general rules, Biyqhi would make explicit a fifth: The search for answers and the attempt to write them down has been a long and involved one and not without mishaps.
Brayne; their unassailable loyalty to British rule meant that their disagreement with revenue policies stemmed from their anxiety that such policies would provoke another widespread revolt against imperial rule.
Episode 61 part 1. If the Government by inaction permits their expropriation, is it conceivable that they will remain loyal should an opportunity for regaining their lost possessions occur? The Bedees were actuated by pride alone as they are generally opulent, and live in affluence.
My hunch proved to be correct. A rigorous historical treatment of dowry’s relationship to the violence against women has not, however, been attempted before. That denial and the subliminal provocation instigated this book. Sometimes, of course, milni can become the occasion for mounting greed.
Click here to watch Episode 9. It also suggests a diminution of the episofe women exerted over their dowries when they were simpler and of less value. Episode 28 Last Chand Parosa Cast: The idea of compensation for the loss of a productive worker is also implicit in it.
The contrast is vivid with the picture we have of women and their relationship to their daaj and other property in the s, sketched in the many volumes of customary law compiled in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Edwardes, the deputy commissioner of Jullundur, had made it his business to explore the custom of kae payments in his now-familiar report on female infanticide. I did not, but I did offer some thoughts on sati, or widow burning, along with a reading list. Miller surprisingly asserts that the women of Haryana and Punjab play no active role in agriculture, and her use of the data has been strongly refuted by scholars who have worked in the same area Freed Arguably, the deliberate misattribution of cultural causes to female infanticide had fateful results: He advocated that women wait to get married until they found grooms who would not demand gifts Gandhi Yet the decision was not an easy one.
Kahe ko Biyahi Badis 223 91 part 2. A clarification is essential at the outset: There is no mention of curbing demands by bridetakers, only curbs on the voluntary spending by bridegivers.
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Calling off the inquiry and burying the Rawalpindi Report in a departmental office was perhaps the only way they could continue to blame the cultural habits of the peasants for their distress and dismiss Thorburn as a zealous eccentric.
There are passing references elsewhere to the exceptional prodigality of epjsode.
That belief had acquired a life of its own. So the problem is to disentangle the logic—the economic, social, and political from the cultural—that made a greater number of men necessary for the communities where female infanticide was practiced. Thus, Miller avers, the appreciation of daughters leads to only a moderate preference for sons and therefore to balanced sex ratios. The Lahoreen Khatris, he asserted to Edwardes, belong to the top grade of urahi-ghar, and are custom-bound to give their daughters to a very restricted number of families within this group.
Each SO [settlement officer] agreed upon certain basic essentials.
It would certainly have resulted in unhealthy competition among clan members and imitation by the lower classes of the upper, all ultimately leading to the very escalation barais dowries that the restrictions would have sought to avoid.
We were allegedly being prepared to fill the role of the good convent-educated wives that were in high demand in the marriage market beyond our walls, even as our strongest bonds of love and trust were with other women.