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- n. In British India, a system used to collect revenues directly from the ryots (cultivators of agricultural land), as opposed to zamindari, where revenues were collected indirectly through zamindars.
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At independence, the district began with the advantages of the ryotwari system of land tenure, rather than the burdens of zamindari.
In the Madras presidency a careful survey along the lines of local practice led to a system of direct levy (periodically reassessed) from the ryot (peasant), later extended to Bombay presidency (ryotwari system); in the Northwest and Central Provinces, somewhat later, a third type of revenue settlement, the mahalwari system, was introduced, collecting revenue through villages or estates.
Many of them have settled in the new ryotwari villages in Nimar as Government tenants.
'What do you know about _ryotwari_, little man?' he said.