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Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 15th Ed. 5. Suranjan Chatterjee "New Reflections On The Sannyasi, Fakir And Peasants War", Economic & Political Weekly, 28 January 1984. 6. Arun Banerji, "British Rule & the Indian Economy", Economic & Political Weekly, 1984 Annual Number. 7. A K Banerji, "Aspects of Indo-British Economic Relations 1858-1898", 1982, quoted in A K Bagehi, "British Imperialist Exploitation of India7, Economic & Political Weekly, 5 March 1983. 8. Scrutator, "Black Holwell Of Calcutta", Financial Express, 21 October 1990.

Robert Barker, FRS, described in 1775, the method of making ice in India even though the temperature did not drop below freezing. The artificial production of ice was evidently not known in Britain at that time. The process involved the exposure of boiled water, kept in porous pans in a pit, to the night sky, to be cooled by radiation. Lt Col Ironside described in 1774 the method of making both brown and white paper, using sann hemp fibre. The process was similar to that used at present for handmade paper.

By which the instruction of the people is provided for by a certain charge upon the produce of the soil and other endowments in favour of the village teachers". In the Madras Presidency "as late as 1801 over 35 per cent of the total cultivated land ... came under the category of revenue free assignments". Munro reduced this to a mere 5 per cent. In the Trichy district, the British slashed down revenue assignments to 7 per cent. The teachers whose lands were resumed or assignments cut were often reduced to penury and could no longer function effectively.

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