Thursday, April 15, 2010


nankar: It was an exclusive right of a Zamindar during the Mughal period in India. Nankar was a commission of 10% for services rendered in connection with cultivation of land (Siddiqi, p 31. Land Revenue Administration under the Mughals) As per Siddiqi, the credential of a zamindari was established when the right of deriving Nanaker was bestowed upon the person. In other words Namkar was the core of Zamindari status. Secondly, it may be emphasized that the commission was for the services rendered in work of getting cultivation. The rest of the obligation, like the military services could have been included in the sanad which granted the nankar but nankar was paid for the services rendered for getting the cultivation done on the land assigned.

Authority: N A Siddiqi: Land Revenue Administration under the Mughals.

Remarks: The blogger/author of the above definition does not fully subscribe to the explanation about the zamindari as given by the honourable historian N. A. Siddiqi. However, the issue of contention will be discussed separately on the associated blog at

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Digital Resources:

Land Revenue Administration Under the Mughals, 1700-50
The Agrarian System of Mughal India, 1526-1707
Mughal Administration (patna University Readership Lectures, 1920)
The Mughal Administration, Six Lectures

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