July 9, 2021

What is dastak

Dastak was a trade permit mostly issued to European traders by officials of the east india Company. The trade permit waived customs or transicharges for personal goods.  The practice of using dastaks for nearly any goods was consolidated by Clive when he overthrew the then Nawab of Bengal, Mir Quasim after he opposed British east india Company’s position that their dastaks meant that they might trade without paying taxes .

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