The fundamental features of feudalism in early India were namely king, landed aristocracy, slavery, forced labour, ties of obedience, and fragmentation of the royal authority, etc.
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Rise of Feudalism:
- One of the most important changes that took place after the decline of the Gupta Empire was the growth of the feudal states.
- The government officials of the Gupta Empire, local chiefs, defeated rajas and their supporters− who were paid by assigning to them reveneue-yielding villages−reasserted their independence once the Gutna kjngdoin disintegrated.
- They were able to carve out a sphere of authority with the help of armed support, and later began to not only gradually collecting land revnue.
- But also, assuming increased amounts of administrative powers, such as the right of awarding punishments and exacting fines on their own which were considered royal privileges during the Gupta period.
- They constantly contended against each other and tried to enhance their spheres of authority and privileges.