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How The Landhaura riyāsat Was Dissected

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This chapter tells the story of the kingdom, or riyāsat, of the Khubar Gujars of Landhaura, how it was dismembered and into whose hands the scrap fell. In the Doab, during the last decades of the eighteenth century, several big men and one woman, persons of diverse origin and power, administered agrarian portfolios whose contents could be very different, but none of which was restricted to the mere receiving of rents. These persons included Begam Samru at Sardhana, Raja Ram Dayal Singh Gujar of Landhaura and Raja Nain Singh Gujar of Parichhatgarh. Agrarian conditions in these lowlands (khādar) and uplands (bangar) represented a considerable contrast, a feature that to a large extent determined the agrarian and fiscal strategy of the Gujar chiefs.

Keywords: bangar; Begam Samru; khādar; Landhaura; Raja Nain Singh Gujar; Raja Ram Dayal Singh Gujar; riyāsat



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