ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Muslims in India

Sales as proportion of assessed land remained small, despite the growth of a private land market in the third quarter of the 19th century. The explanation was partly economic, increase in asset-value of land made the landholder more creditworthy; it was partly judicial, such as ambiguities involving occupancy rights of tenants; and largely ideological, the general resistance to the idea of parting with land. Yangdescribes attempts to incorporate the pre-British offices of the Patwari and the Kanungo into rural administration, and thus strengthen administrative link with the village. The attempts to make Patwaris independent of local influences and controlling the appointment of village watchmen, however, failed repeatedly. The framework of control mediated by the locally powerful was thus tested, but not decisively.

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