British influence in India, an essay by Francis Cotterell HodgsonBritish influence in India, an essay by Francis Cotterell Hodgson

British influence in India, an essay

byFrancis Cotterell Hodgson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. THE REVENUE. "Neque quies gentium sine armis, neque anna sine stipendiis, neque stipendia sine tributis haberi queunt." Tag. Hut. IV. 74. connexion between administration of justice and collection of revenue. Interest of the people in the solvency of governments. If the administration of justice is the noblest function of a government, and as such claims the first place in an enquiry into the mode in which its duties have been fulfilled, the collection of the revenue is the most indispensable to the existence of any government at all. And in India, where the system of collecting the revenue has been always the foundation of the judicial system, a consideration of the former properly takes precedence of the latter. It is needless to enlarge on the importance to the welfare of the population of a proper system of administering the revenue: in no way has the government so much power to hinder prosperity or inflict misery on its subjects as by the agency of the tax-gatherer. It is not only that the extravagance of a government often overloads the people with unnecessary taxation; a far more usual effect of bad government is that but a small proportion of the supplies wrung from the tax-payers ever reaches the central authority. Sully tells us that out of 150 millions taken from the people of France of his time, only 30 millions came into the Treasury; the rest was absorbed by the cumbrous and corrupt machinery employed in the collection. And the mischief of this is twofold; the people are ground, while the government is defrauded; and the real interest of the people is most closely connected with the solvency of the government. It is necessary to include in a review of the revenue system not only its mode of collection, but its success. The...
Title:British influence in India, an essayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217912680

ISBN - 13:9780217912686