Indian History

Indus Valley Civilization Early Vedic Civilization Later Vedic Civilization Mahajanapadas Buddhism Jainism Mauryan Empire Post Mauryan Age-Kushans Gupta Empire Harshavardhana Sangam Age Satavahanas Vakatakas Kadambas Badami Chalukyas Rashtrakutas Chola Empire Kalyani Chalukyas Pallava Kingdom Rajputs Muslim Invasions Bahmani Empire Bhakti Movement Delhi Sultans Mughal Empire Sur Dynasty-Shershah Gajapati Kingdom Eastern Ganga Dynasty Hoysalas Ahom Kingdom Kakatiyas Kalachuris Later Pandyas Maratha Kingdom Sikhs Vijayanagara Empire Yadavas Advent of Europeans British Rule Constitutional Developments Education-Press Establishment of British le Governor Generals Moderates Popular Movements 1857 Revolt Revolutionary Terrorism Rise of Nationalism Lord Canning


Indus Valley Civilization Early Vedic Civilization Later Vedic Civilization Buddhism Jainism Persian-Greek Invasions Mauryan Empire Kushans Gupta Empire Harshavardhana Indian Culture Sangam Age Satavahanas Chola Empire Badami Chalukyas Pallavas Rashtrakutas Kalyani Chalukyas Rajputs Muslim Invasions Bahmani Empire Delhi Sultans Mughal Empire Hoysala Kingdom Independent Kingdoms Kakatiyas Kalachuri Kingdom Later Pandyas Marathas Vijayanagara Empire Yadavas Sur Dynasty-Shershah Sikhs Advent of Europeans Revolts Governor Generals British Rule Natonal Leaders Popular Movements Revolutionary Terrorism Rise of Natonalism Viceroys Education-Press Constitutional Developments --%>


The caste system dominated the Rajput society.

In addition to the four traditional castes, there were many sub castes.

The Brahmins were the privileged class and commanded the greatest respect.

Caste system was not regid at the beginning of the Rajput period but it did become so in the later part of their period.

There were many religious and social groups which stood in the way of social solidarity.

A lot of emphasis was laid on the purity of food.

The use of opium and wine was common.

Meat eating was not a common feature.

Women occupied a high and respectable position in the society.

They developed a high and noble ideal of womanhood. They cared more for personal honour and preferred death to disgrace.

They performed Jauhar when they were threatened by enemies.

But the position of women gradually deteriorated by the end of this age.

Dowry system was prevalent.

Sati became common. Widow remarriage was prohibited. The practice of polygamy was common. Purdah system existed.

In general the condition of an average woman was deteriorating. She was becoming more and more dependent on her male relatives.