Hindu Customs and their Origins

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    MR. STANLEY RICE, both as a member of the Indian Civil Service stationed in Madras, and after his retirement, as a member of the State Council of Baroda, has been in intimate relation with the problems of caste, which is the principal, though not the only, topic of this volume. Nowhere is the caste system so rigid as in Madras; while in Baroda he was an eye-witness of the difficulties which confronted the attempts to alleviate its more seriously obstructive characteristics, to which the Maharaja refers here in his foreword. It is not surprising, therefore, that although the author's interest in caste in this volume is that of the anthropologist and the student of origins, it is inevitable that he should from time to time take a side glance at its place in the present and future social and political situation in India.

    Hindu Customs and their Origins

    By Stanley Rice. Pp. 220. (London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., 1937.) 7s. 6d. net.

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    Hindu Customs and their Origins. Nature 143, 916–917 (1939) doi:10.1038/143916a0

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