Introduction
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book begins its life as a predominantly medical history project, and deals with subjects such as bacteriology and the veterinary administration. A central concern of the book is to study the nature, priorities, and guiding principles of the colonial state. The book shows that the question of finances could influence areas such as laboratory research, as is evident in the operations of the Imperial Bacteriological Laboratory at Muktesar. It also deals with famines and cattle mortality, and highlights the meagreness and ineffectiveness of relief measures. The book explores, in detail, the process whereby stereotypes regarding caste groups were formed, and how they came to be crystallised over time. It presents a running medical history theme, as they deal with issues such as toxicology, medical jurisprudence, and the nature of early veterinary institutions.

Beastly encounters of the Raj

Livelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in North India, 1790–1920

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