"...a fine and useful book..."
-Peter Van Der Veer, Utrecht University, American Historical Review
"Pinch has discovered and employed wonderful visual materials, and many oral traditions of both Saiva and Vaisnava ascetics to match his thorough research in Company records."
-David L. Curley,Pacific Affairs
This 2006 book sets out to piece together the story of the rise and demise of warrior asceticism in India from the 1500s to the present. It shows Hinduism is not a religion of non-violence, as Hindu warrior ascetics were an important component of the South Asian military labor market.