Slaves of Sultans


Author: Alan Machado

9789380739939 | PB | pp. 431 | 2015 | Goa 1556

Slaves of Sultans by Alan Machado describes the turbulent period in history when two empires tried to replace the religion, customs and language of the state.

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Under the compulsions of state formation, Portugal’s Estado da India and Tipu’s saltanat-i-khudadad, forced Mangalore’s Catholic community into total identity changes in a span less than 300 years. While the Estado da India’s carrot-and-stick methods absorbed them into its Nagao Portuguesa, Tipu forcibly stamped them with a new Islamic identity in 1784.

Both attempted to replace their religion, customs, and language with those of the state and make them totally dependant on it, in effect, convert them into slaves of the state. Slaves of Sultans is a vivid descent into this turbulent period when European states fought Indian rulers with arms and ideologies for India’s riches and people.

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Alan Machado







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Goa 1556




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About the Author

Alan belongs to the Machado Prabhu family, ganvkars of Aldona who emigrated to Mermajal, near Mangalore circa 1680. The family was taken captive to Srirangapatna in 1784; only Jodo survived.

His interest in the traumatic history of his family, most of it forgotten, has led him onward through a long journey of which Slaves of Sultans is the latest and most comprehensive.

His earlier books are Sarasvati’s Children: A History of the Mangalorean Christians, The Captivity of 1784, and Shades within Shadows, a novel.


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