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The Remembered Village$
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M.N. Srinivas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077459.001.0001

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The Universe of Agriculture

The Universe of Agriculture

(p.112) Chapter 4 The Universe of Agriculture
The Remembered Village

M.N. Srinivas

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This chapter describes the village's general preoccupation with agriculture, land, and other objects or events either incidental to, or derived from, agriculture. It did not take long for a visitor to Rampura to discover the villagers' preoccupation with land. It was seen in daily talk and conversation. That brothers should fight each other for ancestral land was tragic but only too frequent. As an irrigated village, Rampura was only indirectly and secondarily dependent upon rain, and the villagers were aware of this. Preoccupation with rice cultivation resulted in a number of domestic and social activities being packed into about five months between the completion of its harvest and the beginning of the rainy season. Meanwhile, killing a bullock, cow, or bull was sacrilege for all Hindus, including Harijans.

Keywords:   agriculture, Rampura, land, irrigated village, rice cultivation, bullock, Hindus, Harijans, water

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