Henceforth, "these banians
and diwans represented the city's comprador elite, as a relatively homogeneous group as families of fortune makers".
25) The self-image of the bhadralok as member of a new political class was not primarily associated with capitalist endeavors but shaped by the aspiration to be a member of the "educated middle-class"--madhyabitto or sikkhita sampraday who distinguished themselves both from the preexisting aristocracy of dewans (financial ministers or accountants) and banians
(tradesmen) who were at the apex of the early colonial society and from the toiling masses from towns and countryside who tended to be lower castes or Muslims.
rat race among English traders and Bengali banians
Look at the great Turk, he governs Guebres, Banians
, Greek Christians, Nestorians, Romans.
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