Ch – 4 The Mughal Dynasty

From the latter half of the sixteenth century the Mughals expanded their kingdom from Agra and Delhi until in the seventeenth century they controlled nearly all over the subcontinent. They imposed structures of administration and ideas of governance that outlasted their rule, leaving a political legacy that succeeding rulers of the subcontinent could not ignore.Continue reading “Ch – 4 The Mughal Dynasty”

Ch – 6 Towns, Traders And Craftspersons

The craftspersons of Bidar were so famed for their inlay work in copper and silver that it came to be called Bidri. The Panchalas or Vishwakarma community, consisting of goldsmiths, bronzesmiths, blacksmiths, masons and carpenters, were essential to the building of temples. Weavers such as the Saliyar or Kaikkolars emerged as prosperous communities. Ahmedabad inContinue reading “Ch – 6 Towns, Traders And Craftspersons”

Ch – 5 Rulers And Buildings

Between the eighth and the eighteenth centuries kings and their officers built two kinds of structures: the first were forts, palaces and tombs – safe, protected and grandiose places of rest in this world and the next; the second were structures meant for public activity including temples, mosques, tanks, wells, caravan serais and bazaars. TheContinue reading “Ch – 5 Rulers And Buildings”