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ShorelinesSpace and Rights in South India$
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Ajantha Subramanian

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761468

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761468.001.0001

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From the Inland Out

From the Inland Out

Caste Purity to Caste Modernity

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This chapter turns to the agrarian interior in an effort to provide a better understanding of coastal marginality. It starts by looking at the changing definitions of inland political space that is situated within a dynamic of social contestation and state sovereignty, specifically in the Indian state of Travancore. It illustrates various social struggles and the rhetorical encounters between Protestant missions and Hindu sovereigns with regard to the future of Travancore. The discussion looks at the creation of a postindependent Kanyakumari (i.e. its change into a separate district), which caused the drastic evolution of the demographic balance between the religious communities and the castes.

Keywords:   agrarian interior, coastal marginality, political space, social contestation, state sovereignty, Travancore, demographic balance

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