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The Battle of Buxar (1764 AD

The Battle of Buxar was significant event in the rise of British rule in India. The foundation of the
British Empire in India which was led by Clive at Plassey was strengthened at Buxar. The Battle of
Buxar was the outcome of the clash between the British and Mir Kasim, the Nawab of Bengal.
Mir Kasim was the most efficient of all Nawabs of Bengal from 1756 onwards. He suppressed the
rebellious zamindars of Bengal and Bihar, who had challenged the authority of the Nawab. Unlike his
predecessor Mir Jafar, he always tried to maintain his position and dignity by keeping himself away
from the British influence. For that purpose he transferred his capital from Murshidabad to
To satisfy his ego and vanity he liked to inaugurate his new regime at a new place where there would
be none to interfere in his activities as a Nawab. To strengthen his power he organized his army in
the same way as the Europeans did. He made arrangements for the manufacture of fire arms at
Monghyr with a view to equipping his army adequately. He wanted to remain at a safe distance from
Calcutta so that there would be less of supervision and interference from the British authority. He
wanted to develop an army with a view to overthrowing the power of British. This attitude of Mir
Kasim incurred displeasure of the British.
The matter came to a crisis when Mir Kasim wanted to put an end to all private trade. The company
had been granted the privilege of free sea-borne trade by an imperial Farman in 1717. But after 1756,
the servants of the company also illegally claimed the same privilege for their private trade mainly in
salt and betel leaves. Because of this extensive private trade of the servants of the company, the
Nawab had to suffer the loss of huge amount of revenue. Mir Kasim decided to stop it by taking
drastic action. Under instructions, from the Nawab, his officers in the district began to seize the
boats belonging to the English merchants in spite of their having Dastaks with them.
These English merchants were forced to pay taxes to the Nawab the Nawab ultimately abolished the
system of Dastak and the transit duties which put the Indian and English traders on equal footing.
This created fury among the English. They carried the matter immediately to Vansittart, the then
governor of Bengal. The governor violently reached to this kind of measure of Mir Kasim.
Mir Kasim took few other measures which hampered the interest of the English merchants in India.
He immediately increased the number of customs stations in the country with a view to checking the
private trade of the English. New stations were established in places were there was none before. He
increased the number of soldiers stationed in the Chaukis to stop the English boats effectively. He
also instructed the local Amils to strike off all kinds of commercial relations with the East India
Company. All these measures led to huge financial loss to the company.
The officials of the East India Company tried their best to put a check upon the anti-British activities
of the Nawab which was not at all appreciated by the latter. Mir Kasim wanted to rule independently.
Virtually a quarrel started between the English and the Nawab when their servants began to hurl
abuses on each other. A meeting between the Nawab and the governor of Bengal was arranged in
1762 at Monghyr to discuss over the differences. But nothing could Bengal done to pacify the
situation. The Nawab was unhappy about the illegal trade of the Company's servants and governor
was unhappy about Nawab's interference in the activities of the company.
The measures of Mir Kasim infuriated the British authority in Bengal. Mr. Ellis, the English agent at
Patna got furious with Mir Kasim and as a mark of protest he occupied at Patna. This was sufficient
provocation for Mir Kasim. He immediately launched an attack against Ellis who was defeated and
made a prisoner in the hands of Mir Kasim. At this, the English launched a counter attack against
Mir Kasim who was defeated in three successive battles at Katwa, Gheria and Udaynal.

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