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Zamindars in Mughal India

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Jenna Simons

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Zamindars in Mughal India

Throughout the Mughal Empire and well into the British rule of India, the Zamindars had a substantial amount of power. Specifically, they had control over taxation, peasants with land, along with military duties.
What is a Zamindar?
Influence of Akbar
Granted the zamindars greatly military power, specifically officials, within the empire.

type of feudal land grant given by a monarch to an feudal superior for his administration and/or military service

military type grading of all imperial officials within empire, usually aristocrats, worked under emperor's name
The British Era
Nobility Status
Equivalent to lords and barons in some cases
Some considered sovereign princes
Fluctuating power of Zamindars in the Mughal Empire
Duties in Empire
Tax collectors (Zamindari System)
Military leaders
British Use of Zamindars
Continued to use Zamindari System in taxation
Nawab Sir Khwaja Salimullah
Zamindar of Dhaka
Mehtab Chand
Zamindar of Burdwan Raj
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