Murphy, Joseph John. 'On the tenures and taxation of India'. - Dublin: Dublin Statistical Society, Vol.II, Part XII, 1858, pp214-229
Journal of the Dublin Statistical Society Vol.II, Part XII, 1858
The government, in the greater part of India, being the sole landowner,
and almost sole capitalist, is under the obligation of attending
to many things which in Europe may be safely left to private enterprise.
Public works, especially works of irrigation, have of late
years been prosecuted with great vigour by the Indian government,
and with the happiest results, both to the revenue of the state and
the condition of the people. But one of the most important
results of modern and Christian civilization is to narrow the functions
of the government, and when the transfer of the land of India
as property from the government to the cultivators has been fully
effected, it will probably be time for the government to abandon to
private enterprise the function of constructing and managing the
great public works.
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