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noun (plural patwaris)Indian
A government official who keeps records regarding the ownership of land.
- This includes computerising land records so that farmers can secure title-documents without having to grovel before the local patwari (the government land-record keeper).
- Specimens of the Baboo culture in India - from the patwari to the deputy collector and the honorary magistrate - are comic both in their servility to their white superiors and their arrogance towards the common people.
- He told this correspondent that kanungos and patwaris had been asked by the Revenue Department to vacate encroachments.
From Hindi paṭwārī, from Sanskrit paṭṭa 'document' + pāla 'keeper'.
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