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The Sovereign and the Pirate: Ordering Maritime Subjects in India's Western Littoral

Lakshmi Subramanian


Around the turn of the nineteenth century, the northwestern littoral of India—largely comprising of Gujarat, Kathiawad, Cutch, and Sind—was battered by piratical raids. These attacks disrupted coastal trade and embarrassed the English East India Company by defying the very boundaries of law and sovereignty that the Company was trying to impose. Who were these pirates whom the Company described as small-time crooks habituated to a life of raiding and thieving? How did they perceive themselves? What did they mean when they insisted that theft was their livelihood and that it enjoyed the sanction ... More

Keywords: law, piracy, littoral society, pirates, East India Company, anti-piracy regulations, maritime politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199467044
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lakshmi Subramanian, author
Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta