By Editor / In Madurai Sultanate / February 5, 2013
A Emperor’s penchant for “biryani” and Tughlaq’s dark side
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The succession struggles throughout the life of the Delhi Sultanate, or for that matter, in the Deccan Sultanates, could have been avoided through a Kautilyan ploy – dyarchy.
This was used very successfully to groom a successor to the reigning monarch throughout Indian history. Examples abound:
Mahendra and Narasimha Pallavas
Pulakesin II and Kubja Vishnuvardhana
Rajarajan and Rajendra Chola
The attempt to portray Md bin Tughlaq a la Girish Karnad is an old (possibly colonial?) project. Even when history was taught as school I remember my teacher telling us that this guy was a genius albeit a bit quixotic. I am sure we can dig up the sources (most likely British) for this assessment. His attempts at Fiat money, Invasion of China, reversing the march of Alexander are all provided as examples. See this for further reading http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=784
Actually these reflect a rootless mind. A man of Turkik (Afghan?) origin superimposed on India, with its own dynamics feeling totally out of place and embarking on his own trip on ‘modernising the unwashed’!
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