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Dead Man Wandering

Dead Man Wandering

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In 1921, a travelling sadhu appeared by a river bund in Dhaka. He was there every day. Soon, people began to identify him as none other than the Second Kumar of Bhawal, a young zamindar who had died twelve years earlier. His wife denounced him as an impostor. His sisters welcomed him back. This resulted in one of the most extraordinary legal cases in Indian history: it held the entire country’s attention for several decades as it unwound in courts from Dhaka and Calcutta to London.

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colonial india / history / indian / nonfiction / Partha Chatterjee /