Cover

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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Note on Transliteration and Translation

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-xii

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

This book was written in many cities, in the context of several conversations, and through the generous support of a number of institutions and persons. It is a pleasure to remember them all. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xvii-xxviii

It was the middle of April 1995. The night was balmy, compared to the oppressive heat of the day, because the monsoons had not yet begun to lash Bangalore City. Outside the Dharmaraja Temple in the older portion of the city, there was neither a seat to be found nor place to stand as crowds of people jostled and pushed to get a view of the "Karaga" procession ...

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1. Civic Rituals in the New "Silicon Valley"

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pp. 1-36

Kempe Gowda, a local military chief who owed allegiance to the Vijayanagar Empire, founded Bangalore, then called "Bengaluru," in 1537.1 At that time, the urban center consisted of a mud fort with a settlement inside or alongside it, quadrisected by two main streets. ...

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2. Models of the Garden City

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pp. 37-66

The Karaga jatre is broadcast every year on the state television network as well as on some private cable channels. It achieves this popularity because politicians and ministers often attend and because it is historically a key event in Bangalore. ...

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3. The Urban Performative Complex

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pp. 67-96

Cult centers and their performances, one of which is the Dharmaraj a Temple's Karaga jatre, reflect the changing histories of Bangalore. Their activities, like the other paths, narrations, traces, and maps described in the previous chapter, also suggest topological inputs and spatial models of the city, constructing and connecting past regimes and contemporary ones. ...

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4. The Children of Fire

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pp. 97-138

The Karaga jatre is a commentary about the city's past and present realities and a formulation about being citizens in the late-twentieth-century Indian metropolis. Some of the elements of this will emerge in the next two chapters as we follow the jatre in its temporal, spatial, narrative, and kinetic modalities. ...

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5. The Primal Goddess, the Polyandrous Spouse, and Celibate Warriors

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pp. 139-200

The cultic terrain of the Kaiaga jatre, together with other legal and institutional interventions, opens up a realm of political action for Vahnikula Kshatriyas in Bangalore, and facilitates the construction of a wider alliance with other Backward Classes in the city. These mobilization efforts encode some elements of the terrain—fire-born ancestors, ...

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6. Cities and Forests

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pp. 201-236

The oral epic about the origins of the Vahnikula Kshatriya community, the Karaga Purana or the Vahni Purana, is recited outside the Elusuttinakote on the night after the full moon and the Karaga procession through the City. The recitation usually begins after midnight (in 1996, for instance, the recitation began at about 2 A.M.) and goes on for two or three hours. ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 237-252

From the time of Bangalore's founding in the sixteenth century until 1800, the model of the city was composed of three elements: the fort, the tank, and the settlement-market. Interlaced with these were forests, horticultural gardens, and other green spaces emerging from an older history of urbanism in south India. ...

Appendix: Survey of Vahnikula Kshatriya Households in Bangalore

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pp. 253-266

Notes

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pp. 267-298

Glossary

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pp. 299-304

Bibliography

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pp. 305-318

Index

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pp. 319-330