Kanbi - History and Cultural Relations

In the nineteenth century, the Leva Kanbi (one of the two large divisions of the Kanbi) were appointed by the Moguls and Marathas as revenue-collection officers. Some of these Kanbi had attained patidari rights (i.e., ownership of cultivable strips of land, known as pati, that could be sublet for profit). Generally when revenue was being collected, an assessment was charged to a particular village. This assessment was divided according to the lineal divisions of the village, each of which paid a certain proportion of the fee. Senior members of divisions kept some land that was owned jointly by members of the division. The remainder was sublet as pati. Two classes of individuals rented these lands: tenants at will and hereditary tenants. Many of these hereditary tenants also had patidari rights. By the middle of the nineteenth century, some twenty-seven Kanbi villages had attained considerable wealth; of these, fifteen had an aristocracy of large landowners with developing interests in foreign commerce. These were considered to be Patidar; the remainder were considered to be Kanbi. These villages retained their wealth well into the twentieth century; they benefited extensively from British efforts to increase productivity in land yield through cultivation. In addition, twentieth-century foreign trade with east Africa brought an increase in revenue that was invested in land and property development in the Kheda District.

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Rajesh Makwana
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Jan 5, 2015 @ 11:11 am
Very much thanks for good information about Patidar but some of information i read from other web i read patidar was belong with Kshatriya community so please give me more how to Patidar belong with Kshatriya bez. we have no any history with about that the same I want to know about more good information about Patidar or Patel or Kanbi
Thanks of information
Manoj Gupta
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Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:02 am
Dear, Patidar, Patel or Kanbi are originally rebel schedule tribe. They are never included in cast system of Hinduism. Some people says that they are converted from Islam as they have same strategy of reproduction and acquisition of land. They are very much flexible in religion conversion for instance, most of new generation in USA are converted to Christianity. They says that their primary occupation was agriculture but fact is that farming was occupation of everybody in past.
Laxman Jivraj
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May 18, 2019 @ 1:01 am
Very very good information. I also belong to a patel family our original surname is SUWARA (Leva Kanbi). Our forefather have been migrated from Anjaar to Jam Khajura. Presently non of our family is in Khajura as all them died in battle. Our grandfather moved to Pakistan therefore only our family is now in Pakistan. We do visit Jam Khajura occassionally as our ancestors samadhi (Khanbi) are still in Jam Khajura. I need to know more of our ancestor who were in Jam Khajura during the Bristish Raj. I would appreciate to have more information about Suwara as we know nothing about our ancestor. Thanking you Best regards - Laxman Jivraj

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