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The period between the Mughal grant of the diwani of Bengal to the East India Company in 1765 and the promulgation of the so-called Permanent Settlement of the land revenue in 1793 is among the most intensely studied in the historiography of India. The Cornwallis Bengal constitution was based on the modern principle of a division of powers and on the doctrine that the civil courts rather than any other branch of the administration, in true classicist manner, would spread the rule of law and property, keep the flames of both equity and self-interest burning, and guide society towards orderly progress. The never-ending yet ever-changing experiments of the colonising state are an inextricable aspect of all periods of British Indian history.

Keywords: Bengal; Cornwallis; East India Company



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