The Origin and Growth of Village Communities in India

The Origin and Growth of Village Communities in India

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...the superior's title is over one village, or two, or a hundred. And when the "founder" was succeeded by his joint heirs, the village "owners" became a community. I will further add that in this class of cases the proprietary family are very often of Rajput or some other superior (or at least non-cultivating) class, and that they almost always have tenant.: under them.-Sometimes the poverty of the family may have compelled them to work their own lands, with the aid of the village menials at sowing time and harvest. It will be well to give some idea of the circumstances under which such a domination of villages has taken place--how such families came to have the pre-eminence. (1) A very common case (and one of the latest origin in point of date) is where a revenue-farmer has grown into proprietor. He undertook to be responsible personally for the whole sum assessed on the village, and what with taking over the lands of persons who failed to pay, and by means of mortgages and purchases of this field and that, the " farmer" became, in time, "owner" of the whole village. And be it recollected that at the beginning of the nineteenth century, before the idea of a single landlord was abandoned, managers of villages, principal sharers, and others, were constantly treated as sole proprietors, and their families have actually expanded into dominant cosharing communities. This was not always attended with injustice; such persons (having a little capital) often took charge of abandoned villages and restored the cultivation by their own means; or they became responsible for cultivating groups too dispirited and poverty-stricken (e.g., after the Rohilla troubles) to claim any independent rights.1 (2)...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123676725X
  • 9781236767257