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Author: Jesse S.Palsetia
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780199459216
This book details the life and public career of one of India's legendary individuals - Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, the first Indian knight and baronet. Born of humble origins, he went from collecting and selling empty bottles to building a business empire through the nineteenth-century China Trade.
Hailed as one of India's greatest philanthropists of the colonial era, Jejeebhoy utilized his wealth for copious charity for the people of Bombay and western India. But he was also an ambitious and canny actor within the colonial framework, whose ambitions went beyond altruistic desires to benefit society.
Jejeebhoy belonged to the collaborationist class that emerged under early colonialism. This class - which also included prominent figures like Dwarkanath Tagore, the merchant prince from Bengal - served as an important medium between the imperial and Indian cultures. However, the limits of collaboration for Indians were evident-Jejeebhoy faced many bureaucratic and cultural obstacles in his encounters with the imperial order. His efforts to promote himself and indigenous capabilities bear testimony to Indian ingenuity under the colonial regime.
Readership: This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of history of modern India, economic history, regional history, history of business and commerce, and general readers interested in biographies.
'This honor of which you may so justly be proud, cannot fail at the same time of being highly satisfactory to your fellow countrymen, who in this distinguished mark of her majesty's gracious favor to you, must see how equal is the consideration her majesty extends to all classes of her subjects, and that where deeds worthy of honour are done, upon all will honour be conferred, how different so ever [sic] the race, or distant the country of her realm:
—the words of Sir George Anderson, the governor of Bombay, who, on 25 may 1842, presented to Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy the patent of knighthood.
List of Illustrations
1. The Merchant-Prince of Bombay
2. The Civic Partner: Collaborative Colonialism Emerges
3. The Parsi Leader
4. The Standard-Bearer of Charity: Philanthropy as Collaborative Institution
5. Knighthood, Baronetcy, Statue, and the Crown: Symbolic Partnership
6. The Jejeebhoys and the Legacy of Partnership
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