ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Behind the Blackened Faces: The 19th Century Bengali Dacoits

The stereotype of the dacoit in colonial Bengal is that of a social deviant or popular protestor. With the help of little known official reports and the confessions of dacoits, this paper attempts to place dacoity in the context of the mid-19th century's exploitative rural structure, examine the reasons that led to a spurt in dacoity during that period, the intriguing rituals and organisational structure of the gangs and the nexus between the police and these violent men.

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