Modern India: The Origins of An Asian Democracy

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GLOSSARY
ahimsa non-violence
Ahirs cultivating caste
ashram religious retreat; religious community round a
guru
babu clerk; used by British to describe western-
educated Indians
bhadralok 'respectable folk' in Bengal
bhakti devotion
brahmacharya celibacy
Brahmin priestly caste
Chamars Untouchable caste
charkha pinning-wheel
chaukidar watchman
crore 10,000,000
dar ul-Islam land where Islam is secure
dharma duty
diwani revenue-collecting right
durbar ruler's open court for his subjects
Gounders dominant agricultural caste
Gujars agricultural caste
guru teacher; religious guide
gurudwara Sikh temple
hartal stoppage of work as sign of mourning or protest
hijrat Muslim flight from place where Islam is unpro-
tected
hundi bill of exchange
hookah pipe
imam officiating priest at mosque
izzat prestige
Jagir grant of land in return for service
jagirdar holder of jagir
jati local caste group
Jats peasant farming caste
jihad Muslim holy war

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