See. Another state, same story. The British increase the taxes drastically and it's the king of Nilagiri who takes the beating because of that. Image
Let me try to make this a thread. Whenever I come across my old stuff, I will plug it here.
Vishwanath Shahdeo, the Zamindar of Barkagarh joined the War of Independence in 1857 because the missionaries converted tribals and instigated them to forcibly take over his lands. Image
The role of land settlement in fomenting unrest. Did this alienation between the ruler and the ruled paved way for missionary activity?
But, what is not told here is, there is no king in Keonjhar in 1915. Image
Guess Keonjhar needs to be looked more closely - not just Keonjhar but every kingdom where there was a regency. Image
On Ravenshaw of Ravenshaw College fame. Guess the college should be named Ratna Naik College or Rani Bishnupriya College? Image
Further more on Keonjhar settlement Image
How consistently the British used the minority of kings to increase their profits!! Bamra this time. ImageImage
Land Settlement in Nayagarh Image
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity - Hanlon's Razor
On Sambalpur Fort Image
Can the same reason be attributed to Bamanghati mess? Image
Baud Kandhamal rebellion Image
Well, Ravenshaw doesn't turn out to be as great as he is projected to be...he was the one who presided over the 1866 famine which forced the British not to plan for a repeat. Image
"embodied a valued tradition of Indian culture and civilization" Image
Bikaner. The king has no authority to change the decisions made during his regency. Image
Another minority regency ruling. Image
Jaora this time. King sacked a minister, the British retaliated by imposing an advisory council on him and the advices the council gave, the kingdom soon slipped into arrears and had to go for loans!! Image
And how do you clear off the debts? Insult Talukdars, get offended by the offended Talukdars and impose fines on them. Image
Experiments, eh? Image
We are happy to allow the king to do whatever he wants till he doesn't cross the line. What are the lines? Image
Pudukkottai again. The legal position of an Indian king. Image

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