The tax which the kings used to collect from the people in the Vedic period was called

Q. The tax which the kings used to collect from the people in the Vedic period was called

A. Bali
B. Vidatha
C. Varman
D. Kara

Answer: A. Bali

  • In the early Vedic period the king collected taxes regularly from his subjects. The taxes were called Bali and consisted of 1/6 the agricultural produce or cattle for a given person.
  • The king, according to Rig Veda, was only entitled to receive Bali from his subjects, which was due to him for the protection granted to his subjects.
  • Manusmriti mentioned ‘Bali’ first as a religious offering, and then as a tax on religious performances.
  • Kautilya used the term Bali as one of the sources of revenue from the Kingdom.
  • Bali primarily means ‘an oblation, a gift or offering (usually religious)’.
  • Another form of ‘Bali’ was tributes extracted from conquered enemies by the king.

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