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Why were there cl

Answer :

Gomasthas were the officials of the East India Company. They were mainly recruited to supervise, collect supplies and check the quality of cloth woven by the Indian weavers.

But, there were frequent clashes between the Indian weavers and gomasthas because of the following reasons:


1. Gomasthas were very arrogant. They even beat the Indian weavers and whipped them. They came with sepoys.


2. The weavers were paid meager prices for their goods. They could not bargain for their costs. They were not able to sell it to other different buyers instead.


3. Moreover, the Gomasthas were outsiders. Earlier, the brokers were the people who lived in the same villages as the weavers, took care of them and helped them when they were in need. But these Gomasthas punished the weavers if there is any delay in supply.


4. The East India company gave loans to the weavers to purchase the raw materials while placing the order. The loans that were taken by the Indian weavers from the East India Company put them in a pitiable situation that they had to give their finished goods to Gomasthas who punished them for the delay in supply.


Thus, the appointment of Gomasthas led to clashes.


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