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Besides avoiding, removing or concealing godna marks, transported convicts sometimes used different names to those recorded in the descriptive rolls and, by implication, often inscribed on their foreheads. There is considerable space for more research into the development of (and resistance to) colonial naming practices in nineteenth-century India. A useful starting point would be Scott, Teharanian and Mathias’ theorization – 35 – Legible Bodies Image not available of the development of permanent patronyms (surnames) as a mode of determining identity, cultural affiliation and history.
14. 15. 16. 17. G. Gait, ICS, at the time of the last census (henceforth Tattooing in Bengal). Pathak, Bhargava’s Standard Illustrated Dictionary, 300; Platts, Dictionary, 923. Regulation IV, Section xi (1797): A regulation for making sundry alterations in and additions to Regulation IX 1793, 13 Mar. 1797, cited in IOR V/8/17: Regulations Passed by the Governor-General in Council, 1796–1803, vol. II (Court of Directors, 1828), 35; Regulation VII, Section xxxv (1803): A regulation for the establishment of a Court of Circuit for the trial of persons charged with crimes, in the Provinces ceded by the Nawab Vizier to the Honourable the East India Company, 24 Mar.
D. D. 1100) (Abhinav, 1977), 64, 75. N. L. Mukhopadhyay, 1960), 333. On pre-colonial and early colonial law, see also Jorg Fisch, Cheap Lives and Dear Limbs: The British Transformation of the Bengal Criminal Law, 1769–1817 (Franz Steiner Verlag, 1983); Sumit Guha, ‘An Indian Penal Régime: Maharashtra in the Eighteenth Century’, Past and Present, 147 (1995), 100–26. Radhika Singha, ‘The Privilege of Taking Life: Some “Anomalies” in the Law of Homicide in the Bengal Presidency’, Indian Economic and Social History Review, 30, 2 (1993), 200.