By Gyan Prakash
To the trendy international, the notions that freedom is an innate of humans and that cash possesses the facility to bind humans look as usual proof. Bonded Histories strains the historic tactics through which those notions turned verified as dominant discourses in India in the course of colonial rule and endured into post-colonial India. Gyan Prakash locates the formula of those discourses within the background of bonded labour in southern Bihar. He makes a speciality of the emergence and next transformation of the connection of reciprocal energy and dependence among landlords and labourers. the writer explores the best way those alterations have been hooked up with broader shifts within the political economic climate of this a part of the subcontinent; with the altering constructions of agricultural construction, land tenure and profit call for; with neighborhood social hierarchies and the ideology of castes; and with Hindu cosmologies, spirit cults and their articulation in ritual practices.