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  • Mansabdari system was the administrative system introduced by the mughal ruler ‘ the Akbar’.
  • Every civil and military officer was given a ‘mansab’ for ranking the officials as well as for fixing salaries and allowances of the official.
  • Subahdar was one of the designation of a governor of a province during the mughal period.
  • It is of Persian origin.
  • Subahdars were appointed by mughal kings or mansabdars.
  • Chauth and sardeshmukhi were taxes that were conceived during the time of great maratha ruler, Shivaji Maharaj.
  • ‘Chauth’ means 1/4th i.e 25% of gross revenue or produce to be paid to jagirdars of Maratha empire from hostile or alien state.
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State and Identity Formation in Borderland Areas: a Review of Three Texts

This essay reviews three books that deal with the relationship between the state and identity formation among its subjects. The first book, James Scott’s The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia… 2,895 more words


10 Facts that Reveal the Modus Operandi of the Colonial State in India

The colonial state as it emerged post 1858 had three objectives: to legitimize its sovereign power in the colony, to make this power symbolically visible to the colonized and to create or reinforce institutions that consolidated and preserved this power in such a way that the metropole benefitted from it. 2,264 more words


Characterizing the Post-Colonial Indian State

This essay seeks to characterize the Indian state after independence in terms of two interlinked parameters within and above the state respectively: its class character and the degree of economic and political autonomy it exercised. 2,845 more words


Book Review: Srinath Raghavan. India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia 1935-1945. Gurgaon: Allen Lane, 2016.

India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia 1935-1945 is a straightforward account of India’s military endeavours in the Second World War embedded in a political, economic and social context. 1,602 more words