IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

The Nagarsheth of Ahmedabad: The History of an Urban Institution in Gujarat City


  • Tripathi Dwijendra
  • Mehta M J


The paper claims that nagarshethship in Ahmedabad was an innovation in urban institution. Challenging the popularly held view that the institution began with Emperor Jehangir conferring this title on a principal merchant, the authors emphasize that the institution had a more spontaneous beginning and evolved gradually. It became hereditary after a Moghul emperor accorded official sanction to it in 1732. However, the rise of more formal institutions and the growth of industrial leadership after the establishment of the British rule, the institution became superfluous and gradually disappeared. Regretting that the conventional periodization of Indian history has hampered the study of institutional histyory, the authors plead for problem oriented rather than period based research.

Suggested Citation

  • Tripathi Dwijendra & Mehta M J, 1978. "The Nagarsheth of Ahmedabad: The History of an Urban Institution in Gujarat City," IIMA Working Papers WP1978-11-01_00331, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:iim:iimawp:wp00331

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:iim:iimawp:wp00331. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.