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Title:Thug or a Million Murders
Author:Colonel James L. Sleeman
Publisher:Pilgrims Books Pvt. Ltd.
Edition:First Indian Edition
Remarks:B&W Illustrations and Index.
Size:143 x 213 mm
A Million Murders is the History of the ancient practice of murdering pilgrims and the stealing their goods which was especially prevalent in north India. Though the practice of robbing pilgrims was common the world over and the Christian and Muslim pilgrims both faced this problem it appears to have been more organised and even to some extent ritualistic in the central Indian plains. The practice of Thugee spanned a period of almost three hundred years and made travel for the majority of Indian pilgrims very insecure.
When the British came to India this practice was rampant. Along with certain Indian intellectuals who also felt that this was a social evil that should be removed to make India a safer place to exist they decided that in the interest of Las and order this menace had to be removed. A task which Major General Sir William Sleeman took up.
This book written by his grandson Colonel James L Sleeman is based on the journals and records maintained by his grandfather. It is a complete history of the events that took place whilst tracking down the culprits and an in - depth study into their lives and modus operandi.
The story of this community, which crossed the boundaries of caste and creed, is a great revelation into the ways of the various clans and their individual practices whilst carrying out their dastardly acts.
The book is authentic, well defined and descriptive. It deals with boundaries and the monuments of Central India (Madhya Bharat) bound in the central and northwest by the river Chambal and demarcated in the south by the Satpura region. At the centre, it is much narrowed down by the protruding territories of Rajasthan and Bhopal. Geographical boundaries, the rulers, the tribes, their culture, traditions have been projected. The architects, the Ragas, religious history of the monuments and the religions have also been nicely authored. The brief directory of important places of archaeological interest in the Central India (Madhya Bharat) region, which are almost forgotten places, gives the book a real descriptive status of Central India.