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Ancient Indian kingship has been a richly researched and theorized topic in Indology and history. Its interpretation has been remarkably complex, being linked to theories of caste and the state in classical India. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, kingship was deemed a key part of India’s overall civilizational attainment, and in the colonial period, it formed the pretext for administrative policy. L…

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Daud Ali, “Kingship”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012

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