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The zamindar himself is a creation of the Mahommedans, unknown to the early Hindu system.
The zamindar seemed a solvent person, capable of keeping a contract; and his official position as tax-collector was confused with the proprietary rights of an English landlord.
The zamindar was conspicuous and useful; the village community and the cultivating ryot did not force themselves into notice.
If the offer of the zamindar was not deemed satisfactory, another contractor was substituted in his place.
The same English prejudice which made a landlord of the zamindar could recognize nothing but a tenantat-will in the ryot.