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Sankskrit for "taxes": "Extortion

May 12, 2004
I've just come across the word coined for the first taxes imposed in early North India c.400 BC. They were known as 'bali' [rhymes with 'gully']. 'Bala' means 'strength'; so 'bali' is 'acquired by (superior)strength' - ie,extortion.

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