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A zamindar or zemindar was an aristocrat, typically hereditary, who held enormous tracts of land and held control over his peasants, from whom the zamindars reserved the right to collect tax. Over time, they took princely and royal titles such  Nawab (Lord), Mirza (Prince) and Chowdhury (Lord).

Although zamindars were considered to be equivalent to lords and barons [1] in some cases they were also seen as independent, sovereign Princes.[2]

Often zamindars were Indian princes who lost their sovereignty due to British Rule.

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