The Taluqdars or Talukders (Urdu: تعلقدار, Hindi: तालुक़दार, Bengali: তালুকদার, Assamese: তালুকদাৰ) (from Arabic ta'alluq, "attachment " + dar "land owner"), were aristocrats who formed the ruling class during the Mughal Empire and British times. As owner of vast amount of lands, consistently hereditary, the Taluqdars' were responsible for collecting taxes and they played a major role in the progression of the Indo-Saracenic and Indo-Islamic architecture.
Being powerful peers - similar to those of Europe in the Middle Ages - the common procedure for Taluqdaris were to withstand the revenue collectors of the Colonial Powers while also bringing given number of villages under their dominion, and thus, according to many historians, the rapid development and enhancing power and wealth of the Taluqdaris during the 19th century caused tremendous difficulties and concerns to British forces.[note 1] The majority of the Taluqdaris constructed themselves enormous mud fortified towers throughout tropical forests and maintained immense bodies of armed affinities.
The historical equivalent in Britain is similar to a member of the landed aristocracy, or perhaps a Lord of the Manor. In contemporary usage, the term is often regarded as a noble tribe and clan although it may convey somewhat diverse meanings in different parts of the Indian subcontinent.
Kinds of Taluqdars
(2) An official and civil servant in Hyderabad State during the British colonial era, equivalent to a magistrate and tax collector.
(3) A landholder with peculiar tenures in various other parts of British India.
The district or estate ruled by a Taluqdar was known as talukdari or taluqdari. According to the Punjab settlement report of 1862, great land holders were appointed Taluqdars over a number of villages during the Mughal era. That Taluq or district usually comprised over 84 villages and a central town. The Talukdar was required to collect taxes, maintain law & order, and provide military supplies/manpower to the provincial government (similar to the role of feudal lords in Europe). In most cases the Talukdars were entitled to keep one tenth of the collected revenue. However, some privileged Talukdars were entitled to one quarter and hence were called Chaudhry, which literally means owner of the fourth part.
In Rajasthan, Kathiawar and Bengal, a talukdar was next only to a Raja in extent of land control and social status; but in Punjab and the United Provinces talukdars were much more powerful and were directly under the provincial governor. The late Mughal era saw the rise of powerful talukdars in Oudh, northern India, such as Balrampur, Bhadri, Arkha, Nanpara and Itaunja who seldom paid any collected revenue to the central government and became virtual rulers of their districts. Similarly, in northern Punjab, the talukdars of Dhanni, Gheb and Kot were extremely powerful.
Eighteenth century Bengal witnessed the rise of great territorial land holders at the expense of smaller landholders who were reduced to the status of dependent taluqdars, required to pay their revenue to the government through the intermediary of the great landlords called rais, ranas, rajas and maharajas. However many old taluqdars paid revenues to government directly and were as powerful as the Rajas.
During the Rule of the Nizams in Hyderabad State the top of the administrator / tax revenue collector hierarchy was the Subedar who had responsibility for the largest divisions of the country i.e. (the Princely State of Hyderabad) of which there were five. Below this rank, the official title of the lower division (i.e. subdivisions of five above) post holder was Tehsildar and below that rank of Taluqdar, so in effect it could be equated to the three tier ranking from province administrator to county administrator to district administrator in size from the largest to smallest. These are further divided into villages, under a Village officer.
Today, the names Talukdar and Choudhry (with variations in spelling) are common in India and in Indians settled overseas amongst the descendents of those who held this rank or role in times past.
- Rai Rajeshwar Bali - 13th Taluqdar of Rampur-Daryabad Estate (Uttar Pradesh)
- Nabakrishna Deb
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- Jayanta Talukdar, Indian archer
- Kosiruddin Talukder, Bangladesh physician
- Rashid Talukder, Bangladeshi photojournalist
- Rony Talukdar, cricketer
- Ruhul Quddus Talukdar, Bangladeshi MP and lawyer
- Jahangir Alam Talukdar, cricketer
- Abdul Mohit Talukder, Bangladeshi business tycoon
- Bhomita Talukdar, Assamese politician and former organisational secretary of ULFA
- Shashwati Talukdar, Indian-American filmmaker
- Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Former Mayor of Khulna
- Examples of feudalism
- Feudalism in India
- Feudalism in Pakistan
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- Balrampur (Taluqdari)
- Bhadri (Taluq)