Short notes on the jagirdari crisis under the Mughal rule

Under the Mughal system the mansabdars were either paid their salary in cash or granted jagirs in lieu of that. But the treasury being exhausted the cash payment of salary was out of question the grant of jagir was also becoming increasingly difficult.

Under the Mughal system the mansabdars were either paid their salary in cash or granted jagirs in lieu of that. But the treasury being exhausted the cash payment of salary was out of question the grant of jagir was also becoming increasingly difficult.

For, though the number of mansabdars increased rapidly there was no increase in the availability of jagir in the same proportion. Thus there was the lack of sufficient jagirs required for the growing number of mansabdars awaiting grant of jagirs.

The jagirdari crisis that was quite apparent during the end of the reign of Aurangzeb became so acute under the later Mughal emperors that the system itself ultimately collapsed. Again, with the collapse of the jagirdari system the process of decline of the Mughal Empire was also complete.