Scholars have studied polyandry in modern India with reference to specific areas; but the investigation of its past history in the Indian context remains a desideratum. The present book therefore fills a gap in historical research relating to an institution as interesting as it is ancient as significant as it is slighted, or sought to be swept under the carpet. Based on original sources it clearly and categorically established the prevalence of polyandry amongst Vedic Aryans as also amongst other peoples of the old Indo-European stock.
Sarva Daman Singh won five gold medals during the course of a brilliant academic career at the universitites of Lucknow and London. He has held more than one chair in Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, and taught at the Lucknow University; the National Academy of Administration, Government of India, Mussoorie; the Vikram University, Ujjain; and the University of Queensland, Australia.