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Surviving colonisation and decolonisation
Anthony Milner

Asia. Despite the strong Indian cultural influence in the region, he pointed out, the caste system, with its superior Brahmin, was not adopted. Nowhere in Southeast Asia was the ruler ‘dispossessed of his religious prerogatives’, and in this sense kingship could be said to have fixed ‘a limit to Indian influence’ in the region. 16 Although Malay monarchy was remoulded over the years, such a deep ideational heritage in itself is likely to be a factor in that monarchy’s survival. The essentialness of monarchy is conveyed time and again in Malay writings of the pre-modern

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