ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Primogeniture in Awadh-Sociological Implications for Class and Gender

The sociological implications of Taluqdari Succession Act of 1869 are immense as adherence to primogeniture in inheritance was made compulsory for all taluqdari families. In Awadh the combination of political and administrative exigencies and colonial policy ted to sacrifice of the sanctity of custom in favour of primogeniture for taluqdars of both Hindu and Muslim families. Being directly in opposition to the colonial state's proclaimed 'hands off' policy on the vital issue of customary laws, the working of the act affords insights into the way in which law interfaces with local custom.

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