The social worth of scribes

  title={The social worth of scribes},
  author={Rosalind O’Hanlon},
  journal={The Indian Economic and Social History Review},
  pages={563 - 595}
  • Rosalind O’Hanlon
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • History
  • The Indian Economic and Social History Review
Often migrants into western India as servants of the Bahmani kings and Deccan Sultanate states, Maratha kāyasthas were newcomers into local societies whose Brahmin communities had hitherto commanded more exclusive possession of scribal and literate skills. From the mid-fifteenth century, periodic but intense disputes developed over kāyastha entitlement to the rituals of the twice-born. The issue was debated along the intellectual networks linking the Maratha country with pandit assemblies in… 
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