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"One hand on Scythia, th' other on the More."-SPENSER.
THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
Akbar's Revenue Settlements. "B-itain's Destiny: Growth or Decay?"
Asiatic Quarterly Review,
AND ORIENTAL AND COLONIAL RECORD.
THE TEA DUTIES.
BY SIR ROPER LETHBRIDGE, K.C.I.E.
THE brief Report on the recent history of Tea Culture in Assam, lately issued as a Blue-book by Mr. Kershaw for the Government of Assam, accompanied by voluminous returns for the year 1904, is a record of work that may well make us feel proud of our race. Read with the "Tea and Coffee" Blue-book laid before the Imperial Parliament by the Board of Trade in August last, it shows the planting community of India bravely and resolutely struggling against the most intolerable fiscal oppression-oppression that is all the more galling because it is gratuitous and unnecessary, benefiting no one, hated even by those who impose it, and maintained simply in deference to the fanatical prejudices of the slaves of an antiquated and obsolete economic fetish.
Like all other Indian producers, the tea-planter contributes heavily to the Imperial exchequer of India, not merely, or even mainly, in the shape of the direct taxation imposed upon him, but indirectly by reason of the currency and exchange policy of the Government. Everyone is agreed that this policy is a right and necessary one for India, and therefore for the Empire; but due consideration should be shown towards the interests that suffer from its
THIRD SERIES. VOL. XXI.