By D.D. Kosambi
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A, L. Basham’s The wonder that was India gives a compendium of the accepted results in a cautious manner. These books offer a good list of source materials, and bibliography. W. Ruben’s Einftihrung in a. ” 2. An excellent translation with very useful notes was made by M. , London 1900). NOTES TO CHAPTER I 15 3. F. E. Pargiter : The purana text of the dynasties of the Kali age (Oxford, 1913), one of the most valuable puranic studies, collating the available information and analysing it. The puranas themselves await critical editions, particularly the unwieldy Bhavi$ya Purana.
That the names were acquired during the period of Maratha dominance follows from the speech of the tribe, a Gujarathi dialect. Besides begging and petty stealing, these FSrdhis are expert birdrsnarers. They still worship a mother-goddess, though the main image now is an embossed silver plate simulating brahmin images; some of them identify it with the Devl of Tuljapur. The goddess became popular all over Maharastra fairly late in the 16th century ; her adoption by the Pardhis seems comparatively recent, and does not match their ritual.
Most villages produce neither metals nor salt, two essentials that had mostly to be obtained by exchange, hence imply some commodity production. Who exchanged these commodities is a different matter. Marx was justified in saying that the surplus did not become a commodity till it reached the hands of the state — if one restricts the statement to certain periods. ” The advance of plough-using agrarian village economy over tribal India is a great historical achievement by itself. Secondly, even when the size of the village unit remains unchanged, the density of these units plays a most important role; the same region with two villages, or two hundred, or twenty thousand cannot bear the same form of superstructure, nor be exploited by the same type of state mechanism.
An Introduction to the Study of Indian History by D.D. Kosambi