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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book argues that it was the military and financial compulsions that drove the colonial state away from the concerns of the rural population, especially the concerns of the poorer class of peasants. Besides looking at the relationship between the colonial state and various classes or castes, one of the major preoccupations of the book is to integrate the larger social history of cattle in India with medical or veterinary issues. Far too often there has been a tendency to look at medical issues in an isolated manner, as if they were divorced from larger social realities. The book challenges such approaches and seeks to bring together medical and social history in a common narrative.

Beastly encounters of the Raj

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


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