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This is not acceptable to the high caste villagers. Rakshali for centuries, is confronted by Mr. Burnham with the need to sell off his estates in order to pay for the debt he had incurred when trading opium with China at the height of the opium trade. But now that the opium trade has come to a standstill, as a result of the resistance shown by the Chinese authorities, he is left with no money to clear his loan. Burnham proposes to settle the load for Halder’s zamindary, Halder refuses the deal as the zamindary is his family’s ancestral property and selling it would mean turning his back on his many dependents living in his household and zamindary. He is tried for forgery, but it is a sham trial orchestrated by Burnham and his cronies. The book also features Paulette, a French orphan, who has also grown up in India.
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