The Challenge of Gau Mata: British Policy and Religious Change in India, 1880–1916

  title={The Challenge of Gau Mata: British Policy and Religious Change in India, 1880–1916},
  author={Peter Robb},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={285 - 319}
  • P. Robb
  • Published 1 April 1986
  • History, Economics
  • Modern Asian Studies
That people get the governments they deserve is a saying born out of the expectation of citizens to influence the choice of rulers, or that societies mould states. Perhaps, conversely, when governments are imposed on people, especially by outsiders, they are likely to be more than usually influential. Certainly, in India, social and religious changes are thought to have occurred under British rule. Official records provide much of the evidence for this. Yet British policy and attitudes in this… 

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