India: the Land and the People by Sir James CairdIndia: the Land and the People by Sir James Caird

India: the Land and the People

bySir James Caird

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...on the tailor for fashion, for theirs does not change. The women do not run off here at the sight of a stranger, and the men and boys readily enter into conversation. The dogs alone show a keen feeling of inhospitality, which their dark owners try in vain to dispel. The little oxen look shy, and the black buffalo cows must be very warily passed, as they lower their twisted horns with evident signs of sincerity. This village is said to be a fair sample of those in the neighbourhood of Burdwan. The people are on the whole well-to-do. They have all good stocks of rice; some of them have four years' stores by them, stored in round stacks of unhusked rice. They spend so little; 7 Ibs. of rice to a family of five will feed them handsomely--say 3d. a day, or £5 6s. a year, and their clothing perhaps 30s. more. Nor do they desire to improve their mode of living. They drink no strong liquors, and the poorest of them are kind to poor relations. The Hindu religion enjoins this, and every one who has any land considers it a duty to feed the infirm and poor of his own kin. There is no poor-law, and until recent famine years there were no poor. If we compare with our agricultural labourers these people with their little farms, their cattle, and their rice, the Indian on this good soil has the better lot, so far as the enjoyment of life is concerned. He is his own master, works hard at seed-time and harvest, but has long spells of light or no work between. As prices rise, he will VILLAGE COMMUNITIES CHECKED, SUB-DIVISION. 107 become independent of the Bunyia, and be able to treat with him on equal terms. In Bengal there are three conditions only upon which the landowners can claim an advance of rent from cultivators who have permanent rights of...
Title:India: the Land and the PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021796141X

ISBN - 13:9780217961417