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Zamindars and Jagirdars in the Mughal Age
Collected Works of Professor B R Grover Vol. 6
Amrita Grover , Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhury, Dr. J C Dua
Bibliography : xx, 152pp., Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8184541090
HB ISBN (13) : 9788184541090

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About the Book:

This volume, sixth in the series, provides a critical appraisal of the two most important institutions of the Mughal agrarian set-up ‚?? Zamindars and the Jagirdars.

Prior to Professor Grover‚??s writings on the said subject‚??which incidentally are being published for the first time‚??there was considerable confusion amongst the administrators and economic historians regarding the origin, meaning, and usage of the word ‚??Zamindari‚??. Through an extensive study of the original literature existing during that period on the subject matter, Professor Grover was able to break new ground in deciphering the exact manner in which the Zamindari and Jagir systems were used during the Mughal age.

This volume contains a detailed description of the position, types, rights and obligations of the Zamindars of various regions under the Mughal Empire. It also provides a critical analysis of how the Mughal Emperors transferred their right to the people of different socio-political backgrounds. Detailed information is contained herein about the Jagir system as it existed during the Mughal age, including the administration of the Jagir, transfer of Jagir, fiscal rights and obligations of Jagirdars, checks on the authority of Jagirdars, and the impact of Jagirdari system on Mughal administration and peasantry.

The information contained in the present volume ought to be extremely useful to the scholars interested in the economic history of the Mughal age, especially since no authentic proof existed about the origin and definition of the Zamindari system and details of the workings of the Jagir system prior to this systematic study of Professor Grover, conducted in the 1950s based on original Persian and other multi-langual documents.

About the Author:

Miss Amrita Grover, sister of late Professor B.R. Grover, is a distinguished historian in her own right. Upon obtaining her master‚??s degree in History Honours with distinction and a Roll of Honour from Government College, Lahore, Punjab University, she initially taught at Inderprastha College and Miranda House for a few years and then joined the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. A graduate of National Defence College, New Delhi, Miss Grover retired as Accountant General and ex-officio Member, Audit Board. For more than two and a half decades now, she has devoted full time to historical studies and research in history. She has attended various national and international history conferences and has presented several research papers at international conferences held at Croatia, Montreal, Berlin, Sri Lanka, Moscow, Istanbul (Turkey), etc. She is well versed with Professor Grover‚??s writings as they always discussed and exchanged their historical views with each other, even from their student days.

Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhary, niece of Professor Grover, journalist and historian, is also well versed with Professor Grover‚??s works. She obtained her master‚??s degree in history from Howard University and a master‚??s degree and Ph. D. in journalism from University of Maryland, U.S.A. An author and editor of several books and journal articles, she has presented numerous papers at international conferences throughout the world.She is professor of journalism at Howard University, U.S.A., where she teaches courses in history of journalism, ethics of journalism, international press, news reporting, and Internet Society. She recieved the ‚??Lifetime Achievement Award‚?? from Howard University in 2007 for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Dr. J.C. Dua, Reader, Department of History and TTM, Dyal Singh Evening College (University of Delhi), New Delhi, has had academic association with late Professor B.R. Grover since the IHC Session 1961. Professor Grover was his teacher, mentor and the one who taught him how to locate, decipher and analyse the sources on history. Dr. Dua has contributed a large number of research papers in national and international seminars and has published numerous books. The Peoples Republic of Bulgaria awarded him Georgi Dimitrov Gold Medal in 1983. He was also invited to deliver the prestigious Dr. Kalaignar Thiru M. Karunanidhi Endowment Lectures by Madras University, Chennai, in 1995.

Zamindars and Jagirdars in the Mughal Age, by Amrita Grover


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