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The Prince and The Sannyasi Partha Chatterjee

The Prince and The Sannyasi

Partha Chatterjee

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First published under the title A Princely Impostor? The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal in 2002 in hardback by Princeton University Press, USA, and by Permanent Black, India (the Indian subtitle being The Kumar of Bhawal andMoreFirst published under the title A Princely Impostor? The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal in 2002 in hardback by Princeton University Press, USA, and by Permanent Black, India (the Indian subtitle being The Kumar of Bhawal and the Secret History of Indian Nationalism)In 1921, a half-naked sannyasi appears in Dhaka and is identified as the Second Kumar of Bhawal - a quintessential zamindar given to hunting, shooting and womanizing - who was believed to have dies in Darjeeling twelve years earlier. Persuaded to visit his estate, where he is interrogated, the fakir is disowned as an impostor by his widow, but his sisters swear that he is their long-lost brother.Then begins a legal battle in which the sannyasi seeks to prove his identity while others seek to destroy his claims, and, soon, the whole of British India is divided on the identity of the sannyasi.This book tells the incredible story of the prince as pauper, of pauper as resurrected prince. Partha Chatterjees retelling of the notorious Bhawal Sannyasi Case - one of Indias best-known and most historic legal battles - has been widely acclaimed and was declared the joint winner of Rabindra Purashkar in 2003.