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The Fifth Report from the Select Committee of the House of Commons on The Affairs of the East India Company

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Introduction

The East India Company, established in the year 1600 for the purpose of trade in India, found itself in the role of an administrator or ruler in 1765 when it acquired the Diwani (that is the right of revenue administration) from the then reigning Mughal Emperor Shah Alam.

The East India Company discovered itself into a new role which the British Parliament (The House of Commons) set up its Select Committee to examine along with the revenue administration in ‘our India possessions’. The first four reports prepared by the Select Committee discussed the various establishments created by the East India Company for the internal administration of India offering some account of the nature and history of those establishments and of the circumstances under which they grew to their present scale. These establishments were divided into four departments Political, Military, Revenue and Judicial. The Fifth Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Affairs of the East India Company submitted on 28 July, 1812 is exclusively devoted to the establishments directly concerned with the revenue and judicial departments. The authorship of the Fifth Report is attributed to Samuel Davis and Officer of Engineers and who in 1784 had accompanied Turner on the latter’s Mission to Tibet as far as Bhutan .

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January 20th, 2012 at 9:56 am