Sons and Mothers: Lecture by Mallarika Sinha Roy

The history of indirect rule in Cooch Behar suggests that the British intervention in settling the border conflict with Bhutan and the following succession dispute in the 1770s was an important part of the Company’s expansionist policy in the Northeast. Cooch Behar became one of the earliest locations of materializing the Company’s interest in Himalayan trade routes. British indirect rule and military expansions, consequently, is also the history of dismantling the composite cultures of monastic governance and devaluing women’s rights over property. This lecture explores the creation of the image of ‘unfit’ mothers of minor kings in Cooch Behar and gendered ramifications of indirect rule in the princely state.

Mallarika Sinha Roy is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research monograph is titled Gender and Radical Politics in India: Magic Moments of Naxalbari (1967-1975). She has co-edited What the Nation Really Needs to Know: JNU Nationalism Lectures (2017) along with Janaki Nair, Rohit Azad and Mohinder Singh. She has published essays in edited books as well as in peer-reviewed journals like Feminist Review, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Feminism and Psychology and Journal of South Asian Development.


Prathama Banerjee is a Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019
4.30 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi