The Imam Commission Unmasked

The Imam Commission Unmasked

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...of the British Government, and then in the authorised possession of a grandson in male descent, or male heir of the body of such grandson of the original grantee, shall continue to be so held so long as there shall be in existence any male heir of the body of the person who was incumbent at the introduction of the British Government, tracing his lineage from such incumbent through male heirs only." At first sight it would seem that an undisturbed enjoyment of sixty years would confer upon the Inamdar an absolute title to his holding; but preposterous as is the exaction of such a term in a country so unsettled as the Mahratta kingdom, there are considerations lying below the surface of the clause which make it a cruel exhibition of legislative injustice. In the first place, the introduction of the British Government took place forty-two years ago: so that the term of possession is not 60, but 102 years; while, as the Inam Commissioners' labours (if permitted to continue) will not terminate for the next thirty years, the time will by and by be extended to 130 vears! Again, it will be observed that the lands must have been held uninterruptedly throughout that period, so that any violent temporary resumption of them, at any period of the Mahratta empire, from 1757 to 1817, invalidates them wholly. The fact that the major part of the Inams was exposed at one time or other to the caprices or necessities of the Mahratta rulers and amildars, does not seem to have been recognized by the framers of the very broad and well-considered Act of 1852. One would suppose that the circumstance of their restoration after such resumption would tell powerfully in favour of a title, which even Mahratta despots did not venture to annul; but the Act is inexorable, more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236610105
  • 9781236610102