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Jones, Sir William, translator. Institutes of Hindu Law: Or, the Ordinances of Menu, According to the Gloss of Culluca. Calcutta, India: Printed by Order of the Government, 1796.

This translation of Hindu laws covers the governance of a kingdom through adherence to the principles of Hinduism. The seventh chapter discusses government, law, and the military class together. The text explains that a king is given divine power to “justly inflict punishment on all those who act unjustly towards him” (161). A just and humble king may do this through the use of the military; it was expected for kings to wage war and commit violence, but only through the lens of acting in a just and legal manner.

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