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2021, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part C

State and government in early India

Author(s): Dr. Arun Kumar

Abstract: In the Early Vedic period (c. 1500-700 B.C.) that of the Rg-Veda Samhitā, the Vedic Aryans, then in occupation of the north-eastern fringe of the Iranian plateau and the land of the five rivers immediately to its east, were divided into a number of tribes (Janas). The kings were called after their tribes as in the formula of the priests' announcement of the royal sacrificer to the assembled multitude at the ceremony of royal consecration. Afterwards in the period of the Yajus Samhitās and the Brāhmanas there emerged, at least among the more advanced peoples, a new type of polity, based on the territorial state. In two Yajur Veda texts the king is stated to be the ruler of the vis. (people) as well as of the rāştra (kingdom or royal sway).

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Dr. Arun Kumar. State and government in early India. Int J Multidiscip Trends 2021;3(2):216-220.
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