England's Debt To India; A Historical Narrative Of Britain's Fiscal Policy In India

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byLajpat Rai

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII AGRICULTURE India's Greatest Industry. In the preceding chapters we have discussed the "minor" industries of India. We have shown how the cotton and silk industries were crushed in the early days of British rule; to what extent they have been revived and what hampers their further growth; how the shipping industry has vanished; and how the country stands in the matter of its mineral produce. We have also shown who controls and benefits from the other principal modern industries of India, such as jute, tea and coffee. In this chapter we propose to discuss what, by common consent, is the greatest industry of India. "In India," says Mr. J. S. Cotton in the Oxford Survey, "agriculture forms the one predominant industry to an extent which is difficult for those to realise who are familiar only with the conditions prevailing in England. According to the occupation returns of the census of 1901, almost two-thirds of the total population of 294 millions are supported directly by agriculture proper and the subordinate industry of cattle raising; but if those supported indirectly be included it has been estimated that the proportion would rise to nine-tenths, leaving only one-tenth for all the towns inhabited by as many as 5,000 persons each." The annual harvests are therefore a subject of supreme concern not only to the cultivators themselves, but also to the Government, and it might be added, to the people at large. Nay, one might go a step further and say that they are of supreme importance to the workers of Great Britain, as well. The failure of a single "harvest in India means famine, which. may .possibly resul£^3~3emporary fall in revenue collections but which does certainly involve a heavy expenditure for famine relief-and" alsoa certain decline in im...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII AGRICULTURE India's Greatest Industry. In the preceding chapters we have discussed the "minor" industries of India. We have ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217206417

ISBN - 13:9780217206419

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