Part II: The meanings of money
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This chapter focuses on three aspects of Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji's life as a spender of money. The first deals with his attempt to access the molds of aristocratic English youth, to revive simultaneously his claims in Indian politics, and to sustain his position in England when his other major moral language was in danger of losing its relevance. The second involves his careful cultivation of the image of an improving prince, that is, a modern political and economic man, with rational economic priorities that might set him apart from other, less rational natives. The last examines the use of money not as a vehicle, but as a brake upon mobility. Money, thus, was not simply a matter of debts, taxes, hospitals and automobiles; it enabled and contained Ranjitsinhji's migrations and transgressions in the moral, political and racial geography of the British empire.

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Migrant races

Empire, Identity and K. S. Ranjitsinhji



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