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Remotely Colonial History And Politics In Balochistan

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Remotely Colonial  is a anthropology of Balochistan that examines tribalism and nationalism as historical processes in Kalat. The British designated Kalat a native state, but proceeded to marginalize the ruler in favour of sardars (chiefs) and tribal governance through jirga (tribal court) deliberations.

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Remotely Colonial History And Politics In Balochistan
Nina Swidler
Antropology
Oxford press
2014
hardback
336
9780199068654

Remotely Colonial History And Politics In Balochistan

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Remotely Colonial is a monograph that examines tribalism and nationalism as historical processes in Kalat.

which is today incorporated in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. Kalat was ‘remotely colonial’ in two ways. It was located on the far reaches of the Indian Empire, and British interests were geostrategic rather than economic.

The British designated Kalat a native state, but proceeded to marginalize the ruler in favour of sardars (chiefs) and tribal governance through jirga (tribal court) deliberations.

Secondly this led to tensions between local officials dealing with events on the ground and the central government, this determined that the facade of Kalat State be maintained. Colonial subject status-tribal, client or British Protected Subject-determined rights and obligations. As well as the fragmentation of subjecthood produced a situation in which. Kalat State became a polity with situationally defined subjects.

Although Kalat State ceased to exist in 1955, its colonial structures persist today. Sardars and jirgas have become signifiers of entrenched tradition, a tribal ‘other’ of the national state. This is a convenient image for the Pakistani government

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Nina Swidler holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University, New York. She joined the Fordham University faculty in 1968. where she is presently Associate Professor Emerita.She is the author of articles about tribal politics in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

A graduate student when Nina first went to Balochistan in 1963, she observed a prominent sardar conducting court proceedings on his lawn. an experience which led to her dissertation on tribal organization and leadership. Concern about the limitations of the tribal frame led to an interest in the Kalat Khanate and ultimately to this monograph

 

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