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Marwari Community in Eastern India

A Historical Survey focussing North Bengal by: Narayan Chandra Saha

The work examines the early history of the Marwari community — its social, religious, cultural and caste identities — and its commercial activities in the eastern region of India, mainly its industrial activities and cultural and political contributions. Based on surveys and references to government records, it highlights qualitites of the Marwaris that have helped them achieve success in their pioneering efforts.

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ISBN: 9788186921234
Year Of Publication: 2003
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 328
Bibliographic Details : 3 Maps; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 700

Overview

The migration of a community to a specific region and its prosperous growth there, is dependent on a number of socio-economic factors that require in-depth research to understand the nuances of change and complexities of the community’s interaction with the society, economy and polity of the region. This book attempts a study on these lines with respect to the settlement and growth of the Marwari community in the northern districts of West Bengal, throwing light on different aspects of their development as an important business community in the region. Based on surveys and references to district gazetteers, government records as well as articles in newspapers and magazines, the work covers the early history of the Marwari community including its social, cultural, religious and caste identities. It goes into the nature of the Marwari people’s commercial pursuits in the districts under study: their industrial activities, and cultural and political contributions. It deals with significant changes on their part, like their switchover from money-lending to money-investing business, in order to flourish in the settled region and studies the role of the Marwari merchants and entrepreneurs in trade and commerce activities in the region, particularly in import and export. It also highlights their philanthropic nature, power of adaptability, broad outlook and other aspects that have helped them mingle with the locals and achieve success in their pioneering efforts.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. The backdrop
2. Caste and economic identity of the Marwari Community
3. The history of migration of the Marwaris to the region: factors and forces
4. Communication network and business ventures: a historical overview
5. Emergence of the Marwaris in the region
6. The early occupations: from money-lenders to money-investors
7. Marwaris as traders and a business group in the districts
8. The integrated outlook of the Marwaris in the region
9. Concluding Remarks
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Maps
1. Trade routes passing through and around Shekhawati in the nineteenth century
2. Migration of Agarwals
3. Marwari Migration

Meet the Author
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1955
Narayan Chandra Saha, at present Reader in History, Maulana Azad College, Kolkata, has contributed several research papers and articles to noted academic journals and magazines in English all well as Bengali. He has devoted years to the study of the emergence, growth and contribution of the Marwari community in Eastern India establishing himself as a specialist on the subject.
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