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Beastly encounters of the RajLivelihoods, livestock and veterinary health in India, 1790-1920$
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Saurabh Mishra

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089725

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089725.001.0001

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Beasts, murrains, and veterinary health

Beasts, murrains, and veterinary health

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(p.36) Chapter Two Beasts, murrains, and veterinary health
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Beastly encounters of the Raj
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Saurabh Mishra

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089725.003.0003

This chapter argues that the colonial state largely adopted a hands-off or non-interventionist policy when it came to the question of health of ‘public cattle’ in India. This was largely because the colonial state was completely preoccupied with areas of military interest such as horse breeding. While studying these themes, the chapter will attempt to partially answer the rhetorical question ‘what is colonial about colonial medicine’, which has been often posed in recent times. The chapter will look at various aspects of veterinary medicine, including areas such as bacteriology, veterinary training, horse breeding, and the work of the Civil Veterinary Department. The overall aim will be to study colonial veterinary policies in detail, and to point out the various ways in which these policies differed from those implemented in case of human health.

Keywords:   Epizootics, rinderpest, veterinary, cattle, disease

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