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Explain the concept with examples. ‘Jana’ and ‘Janapada’ - History

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Explain the concept with examples.

‘Jana’ and ‘Janapada’

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  1. Vedic people used the term Jana to designate a group of people, united under a common bond of singular kinship structure.
  2. Their settlement was known as 'Grama'.
  3. A cluster of gramas consisting of the same Jana was known by the name of that particular Jana.
  4. A region occupied by a Janas was called as Janapada.
  5. Gradually the Janapadas had more formal administrative structures transforming them into independent states.
  6. These were the first well-established states of ancient India.
  7. However, this does not necessarily mean that every Janapada evolved into an independent state.
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Balbharati History 11th Standard Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 5 Janapadas and Republics
Exercise | Q Q.4 (3) | Page 37
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