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I read this book almost forty years ago when I was doing my doctoral research work on Champaran (Bihar), which was the major seat of indigo cultivation and production. This book by Minden Wilson proved a great help because it had detailed information about the growth of indigo factories after the collapse of sugar production and how the prevailing agrarian relations and the growing agitation against indigo planters in Bengal proper forced them to migrate to Champaran (Bihar). Indigo planters earned the support of the government after their role in 1857 revolt. They stood by the government. John Beames's (who was the head of the district administration in the late 1860s) writings too are very important as they give details about the oppressive behaviour of the planters. My book "Agrarian Problems of Permanent Settlement--A Case Study of Champaran" (1978) is a detailed study of the rise and fall of indigo plantation in Champaran and the role of Gandhi. Girish Mishra
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