A Question on Hayat "Bapari" and Hayat Muhammad Khan
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A Question on Hayat "Bapari" and Hayat Muhammad Khan.
Were these two the same person?
Hayat Muhammad Khan was a descendant (great-grandson?) of Isa Khan. Taifoor saw a document dated 1121 AH (began June 7, 1700 CE): An order of Mughal governor Azim asks Haibat Khan, son of Hayat Muhammad Khan, to keep 37 kosa boats ready each with 32
boatmen as guaranty to pay the revenue of Baldakhal (Burdakhad) pargana amounting to Rs 10261 and ana 7 and to remit the rental of lands then held by certain Lutfullah and Inayetullah. This is one of three imperial orders which Taifoor said was in
Jangalbari but were then lost.
Hayat "Bapari" founded a mosque in 1664 CE at what is now called Hrishikesh Das Road. According to Hashem Sufi he was a Sazawal (সাজাওয়াল). This part of Narinda was called Sazawalnagar. It was later corrupted by Hindus starting from the
colonial British occupation or possibly from about 1857.
Hashem Sufi's work can be found in his notes at the end of his "হেকীম হাবীবুর রাহমানের ঢাকা পাচাস বারাস পাহ্লে (Hekim Habibur Rahman's Dhaka Pachas Baras Pahle" note 29,
p140, 2020 Feb edition). Hashem Sufi's notes are valuable and important. Hekim Habibur Rahman's lectures were bad.
Why should a Sazawal, an high level state officer, be called Bapari? Although the function of Haibat Khan appears to be a that of a supplyer and supervisor of logistic, still he cannot be compared with a petty Thikadar or Bapari. It appears that Bapari
is a taunt possibly invented after the servant Rajchandra Munshi of the "Bapari" family took over their land sometime about 1787-1793 taking the advantage of the Permanent Settlement and after the hinducization of Sazawalnagar began.