British Work in India by Robert CarstairsBritish Work in India by Robert Carstairs

British Work in India

byRobert Carstairs

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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. 1891. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. RELIEF FROM PHYSICAL BONDS. We are now to consider certain means by which the unwholesome bondage in which the masses of the Indian peoples are held may be loosened. The means suggested are not the only ones available; but these, at all events, if used, will be a powerful aid in the work. The three means for relaxing physical bonds which are to be dealt with here are connected respectively with land, water, and communications. First as regards land. The part of India chosen for consideration is Bengal,--first, because the author has seen something of that province; and second, because, the Government having less hold over the land there than anywhere else, whatever can be done there can be done elsewhere. The Legislature has already enacted a succession of laws with the object of giving the ryot a certain degree of independence. These laws have given rise to controversy,--the landlords, on the one side, protesting against the principle of dual ownership which is embodied in them; and the advocates of the ryots, on the other hand, claiming that they have always had even larger rights than are now conceded to them, and that the laws, so far from establishing rights for the ryots, have for many years been used to deprive the ryots of their rights. There seems little doubt, whatever may be the rights and wrongs of this controversy, that at least one new principle has been introduced into the country by English law, and that is the principle of transfer of rights. The right of the Hindoo or Mussulman in immovable property was always a right which he could himself exercise, which no one but the State could take from him, but which he could not alienate. Like his life, he could enjoy, but could not give away or sell his land. Though chiefly concerne...
Title:British Work in IndiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217730396

ISBN - 13:9780217730396