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DEWAN or Diwan, an Oriental term for finance minister. The word is derived from the Arabian diwan, and is commonly used in India to denote a minister of the Mogul government, or in modern days the prime minister of a native state. It was in the former sense that the grant of the dewanny to the East India Company in 1765 became the foundation of the British empire in India.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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