Administration in the Kingdoms

Reading Book

Rahul was reading a history book that contained stories based on the bravery of the kings.

He asked his father, “Were the kings very brave?” His father replied, yes.

They were so brave that they adopted high sounding titles such as Maharaja Adhiraja, Tribhwana Chakravartin and so on.

Rahul asked, “So they didn’t need anyone’s help to rule over a region?”

His father replied, “No. Though they claimed such heavy title, then also they needed help from others”.

They shared their powers or took help from the administration of their kingdoms, such as samantas, Brahmanas, etc.

Administration in the Kingdoms

Rahul asked, “How did these people help the great king?”

His father said, “At that time the main source of earning was obtained from the producers.”

Rahul asked, “Who were these producers?”

His dad replied, “The producers were the peasants, cattle keepers, artisans and others.”

These producers were forced to surrender some part of what they produce.

Rahul asked his dad why did the producers have to pay these rents?

He replied stating that many kings claimed that they owned the land and because of which the peasants have to pay rent.

Even the traders were forced to pay revenue on the products they sold.

Rahul asked, “What did they do with these resources?”

Use of Resources

His father said, “Kings used these resources to finance their establishment.”

It was also used for the construction of temples and forts.

The resources were used to fight wars, which helped in acquiring wealth in the form of plunder, and gave access to land and trade routes.

Rahul asked, “Who was recruited for collecting this revenue?”

His father replied, “For this work, only the members from influential families were recruited.”

They are generally the close relatives of the king.

Rahul thanked his father for the facts. Then, they started with their dinner.

Revision

Kings adopted high sounding titles such as Maharaja Adhiraja, Tribhwana Chakravartin and others.

Kings often shared their powers or took help from the administration of their kingdoms, such as samantas, Brahmanas, etc.

Resources were collected from the producers like peasants, cattle keepers, artisans and others.

Resources were used to finance the king's establishment, construction of forts and temples, to fight wars and other reasons.

They collected revenue and this responsibility was given to influential families who were close relatives of the king.

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