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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, whose primary purpose is to attempt to trace what it must have been like to live under a system that owed its character to considerations external to India and, except for a limited number of interfaces, refused to communicate with its people. In the Saharanpur and Merath districts, change through the juridisation of dispute management impinged on the lives of rather ordinary people. The book describes several instances of police officers, moneylenders, scribal experts and revenue farmers, moving into favourable positions in or near the Companys apparatus, as well as of those who lost out in the struggle, like the Gujar aristocrats who lost much of their hold over the peasantry. It also talks about William Bentincks rule that was remarkable chiefly for his open-mindedness to ideas for change and declarations of liberal intent to pursue politics.

Keywords: Gujar aristocrats; Merath; revenue farmers; Saharanpur; William Bentinck

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