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Title: Understanding the ‘mofussil’ and the ‘ditch’ in early colonial India
Other Titles: Karatoya, NBU J. Hist. Vol 11, March 2018, p 48 - 56
Authors: Roy, Varun Kumar
Keywords: Mofussil
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: At the beginning of the 19th century, the term Mofussil meant 'outside the limits of Calcutta' since the limit was for a while the Maratha Ditch dug around Fort William in the 1740s. Europeans (missionaries, merchants and planters) who lived in Calcutta they were called ditchers and those who lived outside the Maratha Ditch were known as Mofussilites. However with the passage of time the meaning of the term got changed and it could be studied in juxtaposition to rural-urban dichotomy. In this research article, the origin of the term Mofussil is investigated and how the original connotation has changed with the passage of time in the early 19th century. Mofussil always stood in contrast to bigger cities like Calcutta but it was always linked to the cities through the Zilla Sadar towns.
ISSN: 2229-4880
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