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Introduction: Walter and Friends 13 William R. Pinch PART I: EMPIRE AND IDEOLOGY 1. From Law to Rights: The Impact of the Colonial State on Peasant Protest in Bihar 29 Peter Robb 2. Power, Agrarian Structure, and Peasant Mobilization in Modern India 57 Majid H. Siddiqi 3. Gandhi, Marx, and Charan Singh: Class and Gemeinschaft in Peasant Mobilization 71 Harold A. Gould 4. Bhakti and the British Empire 109 William R. Pinch PART II: IN BIHAR 5. The Raw and the Simmered: Environmental Contexts of Food and Agrarian Relations in the Gangetic Plain 155 James R. Hagen 6. Of Nature and Nurture: Sedentary Agriculture and the 'Wandering Tribes' of Jharkhand 175 Christopher V. Hill 7. Swami and Friends: Sahajanand Saraswati and Those Who Refuse to Let the Past of Bihar's Peasant Movements Become History 193 Arvind Narayan Das 8. The Reora Satyagraha (1939): Its Contemporary Relevance 233 Sho Kuwajima PART III: BEYOND BIHAR 9. A Stranger's View of Bihar: Rethinking 'Religion' and 'Production' 249 Frederick H. Damon 10. From 'Fanaticism' to Power: The Deep Roots of Kerala's Agrarian Exceptionalism 277 Ronald J. Herring 11. Cultures of Resistance or Commerce? Re-examining Timber Use in the Himalayan Punjab, 1850-1925 321 Ruhi Grover 12. Homeless in Gujarat and India: On the Curious Love of Indulal Yagnik 345 Ajay Skaria PART IV: INTO THE PRESENT: SOCIAL AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN BIHAR AND BEYOND 13. Competing Inequalities: The Scheduled Tribes and the Reservations System in Jharkhand 385 Stuart Corbridge 14. Success and Failure in Rural Development: Bihar, Bangladesh and Maharashtra in the Late 1980s 421 Harry Blair 15. Bihar via 'A Virtual Village' . 453 Peter Gottschalk and Mathew N. Schmalz PART V: WALTER HAUSER 16. South Asian Studies at Virginia 473 William R. Pinch, with the permission of Walter Hauser 17. Bibliography of Walter Hauser Philip McEldowney 489