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Document RajWriting and Scribes in Early Colonial South India$
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Bhavani Raman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703275

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703299.001.0001

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Cutcherry Scribes

Cutcherry Scribes

(p.23) Chapter OneCutcherry Scribes
Document Raj

Bhavani Raman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the cutcherry scribes and their role in society. The scribes were the first professional writers of English in southeastern India. This chapter focuses on the corruption and lack of discipline of the cutcherry. It tackles the rise of gray market in documents and explains the contradictions of colonial governance.

Keywords:   cutcherry, scribes, bombay southeastern india, colonial governance, professional writers, conicopoly, vaishnavite sect, permanent settlement, collector Garrow

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