[Prelims Spotlight] Gomastha, Ibadat Khana

As a part of revision for Prelims 2018, Here’s a Factoid to brush up your concepts

Key words related to History : Gomastha

Dynasty/era : Mughal period

Meaning : 1.Gomastha described an Indian agent of the British East India Company employed in the Company’s colonies, to sign bonds, usually compellingly, by local weavers and artisans to deliver goods to the Company. The prices of the goods were fixed by the gomasthas. 2.The goods were exported by the Company to Europe and America.Gomastha may also be described as ‘a paid manager of the private trader’s concerns’, who claimed ‘hardly any share in the profit and loss of his employer’s business’


Key words related to History : Ibadat Khana

Dynasty/era : Mughal period

Meaning : The Ibādat Khāna was a meeting house built in 1575 CE by the Mughal Emperor Akbar at Fatehpur Sikri to gather spiritual leaders of different religious grounds so as to conduct a discussion on the teachings of the respective religious leaders

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