By Romila Thapar

This essay examines the hyperlink among time and historical past by utilizing cyclic and linear ideas of time. whereas the previous happens in a cosmological context, the latter is located in general historic kinds. the writer argues for the life of ancient attention in early India at the proof of early texts.

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As did their counterparts in Nochikuppam, these fishermen earned an average of approximately Rs. 6,000 (US $167) 24 Childbirth and Modernity per year, but their income varied greatly depending on equipment and the vagaries of nature. Prior to the 1980s all the residents of Reddikuppam were living in thatched huts. Over the years, these huts were repeatedly destroyed in fires and then rebuilt over and over again. Finally, during the 1980s, the Tamil Nadu government began building individual cement-block houses for the residents of Reddikuppam.

One major effect which this development had on residents of Kaanathur-Reddikuppam was that landowners were selling off their plots to these new enterprises, so agricultural laborers from Kaanathur were increasingly turning to employment as construction workers and servants for these resorts and vacation homes. And laborers who previously also owned and cultivated small plots of their own land were selling these off as well, leaving them increasingly dependent on wages from the new developments.

A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar, proudly stated: Madras may not stand comparison in many respects with the Gateway of India or with the City of Palaces—the second largest city in the British Empire. 7 Prior to the 1844 opening of the Government Hospital for Women and Children, women in India had all been delivering their babies at home, usually in either their natal home or their husband’s family’s home. 8 However, these indigenous medical institutions and practitioners were not involved in The Professionalization of Obstetrics 39 providing services to women during the actual birth.

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