Category Archives: History

Chor Minar – A tower with a gory past

Chor Minar or ‘Tower of Thieves’ is a 13th-century minaret with 225 holes, situated just off Aurobindo Marg in the Hauz Khas area, in New Delhi It was built under the rule of Alauddin Khilji, of the Khilji dynasty (1290–1320) … Continue reading

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The Controversial Taj Mahal-Rauza-i-munavvara

Rauza-i-munavvara aka later Taj Mahal Shah Jahan had named Mumtaj Mahal’s tomb as Rauza-i-munavvara (The Illumined Tomb) It got to be known later as Taj Mahal-a corruption of Mumtaj Mahal Mausoleum of Mumtaj Mahal and Shah Jahan If things would … Continue reading

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A Note on the Brave General of a Declining Empire-Mirza Nazaf Khan Baloch

He served during the Battle of Buxar against the East India Company as the highest commander of the Mughal army from 1772 till his death in April 1782. Mirza Najaf Khan Baloch, the commander-in-chief of the Mughal Army The Mughal … Continue reading

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Nadir Shah and his paranoia, narcissism, egocentricity, grandiosity, military genius……

This is not an account of the conquests of Nadir Shah. That has been written about umpteen numbers of times. This is a story of the mentality of the person who lived within Nadir Shah. Nadir Shah aka Nader Shah … Continue reading

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Son of Shah Jahan-Shah Shuja-in a futile Battle for Power

Defeat and the Price Paid for Defeat…………. Prince Shah Shuja was the second son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Shuja was born on 23 June 1616, in Ajmer. Died 7 February 1661 (aged 44) near … Continue reading

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The Khilji Dynasty-An Entourage of Power, Treachery and Bloodbath! (and also the vagaries of nature!)

Jalaluddin Firuz Khilji  (died 20 July 1296) – was killed by Alauddin Khilji, his nephew and son-in-law. Jalaludin Khilji aka Malik Firuz, was the first sultan of the Khilji dynasty, who reigned for four years- from 1290 to 1296. Born … Continue reading

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Qudsia Begum-The Tale of an Empress, in Fame and Notoriety.

Qudsia Begum aka Udham Bai an Empress, a Mother Dowager and the Emperors-her husband and son and also an Eunuch Udham Bai – (c1705 – 1754) was a Mughal queen. She was married to Emperor Muhammad Shah (1719 – 1748). … Continue reading

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Lal Bangla

The tomb of Enticing Lal Kunwar- a dancing girl destined to be a queen.  Portrait of Lal Kunwar This Mughal color-wash drawing, Walters manuscript leaf W.712, dates to the12th century AH/AD 18th and depicts Lal Kunwar, the beloved of the … Continue reading

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Sultan Shams-ud-din Iltutmish

Shams-ud-din Iltutmish (reigned: 1211-1236) was the third ruler of the Slave dynasty. He founded the Delhi Sultanate in 1211. Rise to Power Coins of Iltutmish His full royal title was Shams-ud-dunya w’al-din Abu al-Muzzafar Naib Amir Almu’minin Iltutmish – Nasir … Continue reading

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Sultan Ghiyasuddin Balban-A Pining Father

In the year 1287, Kushki Lal (Red Palace), was again filled with mournful wails of men, women, wives, concubines, all. The wives of the deceased threw off their veils and dishevelled their hair in utter misery; for the length and … Continue reading

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