Mysore; A Gazetteer Compiled for Government Volume 1

Mysore; A Gazetteer Compiled for Government Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... fiscal and revenue arrangements consisted principally in the prohibition of all exports and imports, for the protection of domestic trade; and the interdiction of the growth of poppy-seeds, with the abolition of liquor-shops to check intoxication. A board of trade was also organized, with a new code for its guidance; and it was in contemplation to have established something like a bank, while the State itself monopolized the profits of money-changers. Lands and money allowances granted to Hindu pagodas, as well as the service inams of patels, were confiscated; and an income was raised by dividing the houses in the fort of Seringapatam into separate wards for different classes, and putting prices upon them. The revenue regulations of Chikka Deva Raja, however, remained unaltered; but they were republished as the ordinances of the Sultan himself. He strove, in short, to obliterate every trace of the previous rulers. For this purpose even the fine irrigation works, centuries old, of the Hindu Rajas were to be destroyed and reconstructed in his own name. As regards selections for offices, the Sultan fancied that he could discover by mere look the capacity of a person, which naturally resulted in the most absurd blunders.1 The manner in which complaints were heard and disposed of may be illustrated by a single example. A number of ryots appeared on a certain occasion before their sovereign to complain of exaction. Mir Sadak, the divan, admitted the fact and said it was made on account of nazardna, which silenced the Sultan at once. The divan, however, holding out to the ryots a hope of future immunity, succeeded in inducing them to agree to pay thirty-seven and a half per cent. additional, and this circumstance being brought to the notice more

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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 662g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
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  • 9781236568014