Sanjay Subrahmanyam: ‘Thuggee’
3 December 2009
Show More Stranglers and Bandits: A Historical Anthology of ‘Thuggee’ edited by Kim Wagner.
Oxford, 318 pp., £22.99, January 2009, 978 0 19 569815 2Show More
“... of the 19th century, Company officials made a considerable effort to separate out from this confusing mixture of bandits, freebooters and warrior-ascetics a specific group called the ‘Thugs’. As KimWagner’s anthology shows, they did not invent the term. Wagner begins with excerpts from articles by the Indologists Wilhelm Halbfass and Paul Dundas, suggesting that the word thaka or thaga can be ...”