Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires
Many people assume, largely because of Gandhi's legacy, that Hinduism is a religion of non-violence. In this 2006 book 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 innovative and gloriously composed book sets out to piece together the story of the rise and demise of warrior asceticism in India from the 1500s to the present. It will appeal to students of religion and historians of empire.
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1986 An Account 2nd edn Agra and Oudh Akbar Allahabad 1909 Anandamath Anupa Prakasa Ascetics in Mughal Bengal Secret Berkeley Bhagvan Prasad Bombay British India British Library Bundelkhand Calcutta Chatterjee Chicago Colonial comp Culture D. L. Drake-Brockman Dabistan-i-Mazahib Dasnami David Ludden Economic and Social Ethnohistory European Fakir Foreign Department Galta Gandhi Gazetteers of Agra Gosain Hindu India Office Indian Economic Indian History Islam Jaipur James Journal Khan Kurukshetra London Lucknow Madras Mahratta Manuscripts Reading Room Memoirs Michael Meister Military Modern Mogul Mughal Empire Mughal Painting Muslim Nabhadas North India ofModern India OIOC Oudh Patna Philadelphia 1996 Political Consultations Pradesh District Gazetteers Proceedings Ramayanas Ranajit Guha Religious reprint Delhi 1990 reprint New Delhi Richard Royal Asiatic Society Sadhus Sannyasi Sarkar Sepoy Sitaramsharan Skinner Social History Review South Asia Subaltern Studies Sumit Svatmarama Swami Sahajanand trans Travels Tulsidas Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh District Vatsyayana W. H. McLeod York