Bais Rajput

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Bais Rajput in the 19th century, from The People of India

The B(h)ais Rajputs (pronounced [ˈbɛ̃ːs ˈraːdʒpuːt̪]) are a Rajput clan from northern India.

History

Their wealth caused Donald Butter, a visiting doctor who wrote Outlines of the Topography and Statistics of the Southern Districts of Oudh, and of the Cantonment of Sultanpur-Oudh, to describe the Bais Rajput in the 1830s as the "best dressed and housed people of the southern Oudh".[1]

In these masses of lands many towns were erected but there still remained vast amounts of lands wasteful as they were not being used for any cause. The Bais Rajputs then decided in making money from these lands by agriculture. They hired many farmers to work the lands and produced profits adding to their already rich positions in wealth.[1]

The Bais Rajputs were known for well-building.[1]

Religion

Some Muslim Bais Rajput Thakurs experience problems in expressing their Thakur identity following the religion of Islam as it does not allow one to be self extravagant and flamboyant in acts. They form part of the larger Khanzada community in Awadh.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Bayly, C. A. (1988). Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion, 1770-1870. Cambridge South Asian Studies. 28. CUP Archive. pp. 96–100. ISBN 978-0-521-31054-3. 
  2. ^ The times of India, The Muslim Rajputs of UP, 8 July 2007 Atul Sethi, TNN