Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The system of tax collection by zamindars.
  • noun The area administered by a zamindar.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as zemindary, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical In British India, a system used to collect revenues from the ryots (cultivators of agricultural land) indirectly through the zamindars, as opposed to ryotwari, where revenues were collected directly.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hindi zamīndāri, from Persian, from zamīndār, zamindar; see zamindar.]

Examples

  • To Westerners, the abolition of the zamindari system would seem to have been a sign of real independence and of the will to abolish feudalism.

    Pozzo, A Suitable Boy: The Abolition of Feudalism in India

  • The article examines a concrete literary example offered by Vikram Seth in his novel A Suitable Boy, in which the author deals with the debate about peasants property in the form of land and about the abolition of the zamindari system, which had been icontinued by British rulers during the colonial period, but after independence in 1947 the system was ntroduced in India by the Mughals to collect land taxes from the peasants.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • To Westerners, the abolition of the zamindari system would seem to have been a sign of real independence and of the will to abolish feudalism.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • At independence, the district began with the advantages of the ryotwari system of land tenure, rather than the burdens of zamindari.

    What is needed is economic freedom for people to best use their skills in productive activities and a functioning market for voluntary trades

  • The article examines a concrete literary example offered by Vikram Seth in his novel A Suitable Boy, in which the author deals with the debate about peasants property in the form of land and about the abolition of the zamindari system, which had been icontinued by British rulers during the colonial period, but after independence in 1947 the system was ntroduced in India by the Mughals to collect land taxes from the peasants.

    Pozzo, A Suitable Boy: The Abolition of Feudalism in India

  • Seth's novel allows us to witness firsthand the events that took place during the period when the law that put an end to the zamindari system was passed and to see with new eyes the genuine impact of such a reform.

    Pozzo, A Suitable Boy: The Abolition of Feudalism in India

  • Seth's novel allows us to witness firsthand the events that took place during the period when the law that put an end to the zamindari system was passed and to see with new eyes the genuine impact of such a reform.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • At independence, the district began with the advantages of the ryotwari system of land tenure, rather than the burdens of zamindari.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Even after nearly six decades of ‘Independence’, five decades of zamindari abolition and four decades of green revolution, feudal remnants in India remain quite visibly powerful and stubborn.

    The Three Contemporary Currents among Indian Communists

  • Long after the abolition of the zamindari system of landlordism in 1953, in

    Archive 2006-06-01

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