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Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy of Bombay : Partnership and Public Culture in Empire (Hardcover) (Jesse S. Palsetia)
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Partner in Empire: Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy and the Public Culture of Nineteenth-Century Bombay details the life and public career of one of Bombay's and India's legendary individuals, who became a merchant-prince and an influential citizen in colonial Bombay. Born of humble origins, Jejeebhoy started his career collecting and selling empty bottles, and within years became one of India's earliest success stories, amassing a business empire through the nineteenth-century China Trade.Jejeebhoy utilized his wealth for copious charity for the Indian community of Bombay and western India, and became one of India's greatest early philanthropists. Furthermore, Jejeebhoy was an ambitious and canny individual who aimed to carve out a place for himself and the early Indian commercial class of Bombay under British colonialism. He put forward an idea of apartnership between the British and Indians in the public and private culture of Bombay that would give Indians an influential role under colonialism. Jejeebhoy is an example of the loyal collaborationist class that emerged under early colonialism, and he became the first Indian knight and baronet, in recognition of his loyalty, public service, and great charity. Yet, Jejeebhoy faced many challenges in promoting himself and Indian capacities, and is testament to Indian ingenuity under colonialism.
Number of Pages: 209
Sub-Genre: Asia / India + South Asia
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Jesse S. Palsetia
Street Date: November 1, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-2333
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