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The Comprador Role of Parsi Seths, 1750-1850

Amalendu Guha
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 5, No. 48 (Nov. 28, 1970), pp. 1933-1936
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4360765
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Abstract

In an earlier article, "Parsi Seths as Entrepreneurs 1750-1850" (Review of Management, August 1970), the author had traced the growth of the Parsi business community over a period of 100 years. It was also shown that Parsi mercantile capital was ripe for industrial transformation and that an allround development towards an indigenous navigation and shipbuilding industry was already witnessed in the second quarter of the 19th century. Thereafter this development process was choked off and distorted mainly because of the colonial constraints. The present article continues the arguments and tries to analyse the behaviour-pattern of the Parsi Seths on their way to limited industrialisation within the bounds of colonial fetters.Their dubash-banian background, together with their mechanical aptitude, appear to have dominated their attitudes all throughout the 19th century.

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