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BENGAL- Who Can Question the State...

because of financial troubles. Shibu called him 'Master Saheb'.
I also attended the camp court or 'baishi'. It is really an assembly of about 20 villagers. Among other things, the assembly hears quarrels and disputes. The Majhis, I was given to understand, do not go to regular courts any longer, preferring the cheaper and speedier justice meted out by the "baishi'. From independent sources, I heard that the courts in Giridih were practically deserted. The 'baishi' I attended was devoted to explaining the necessity for grain golas, and in telling the villagers to come to a meeting the next day.

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