Why did no one ever dethrone the Mughals despite the fact that Delhi was conquered so many times by the Maratha, Durrani, British, etc.?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting question. I will attempt to analyze the three disparate forces mentioned here and possible reasons for why nobody ever tried to dethrone the Mughals. After the invasions in the early 11th century, the Sultanates starting from …

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How did the Marathas help the Sikhs?

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By Sunil Kumar The story of North India is slightly different from the West(or Maharashtra- The HQ of the Marathas) but there was/is a strand of continuity in the entire Indian subcontinent. After the great Vijayanagara empire was destroyed by …

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Why did the East India Company become hostile towards Tipu Sultan?

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By Sunil Kumar Tipu Sultan was the ruler of Mysore in the last two decades of the eighteenth century(1700s). After the death of his father Haider Ali; Tipu fought three wars against the British East India Company; and it was …

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Which force was more instrumental in the destruction of the Mughal Empire, Nadir Shah or the Marathas?

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By Sunil Kumar Consider the Mughal Empire as a fine old building; decaying and about to collapse in 1857. Founded by Babur; expanded by Akbar; Aurangzeb’s reign sees a consolidation and puritanical intolerance. Two formidable enemies are more forged by …

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Can Britons be considered as the reason for the birth of Indian nationalism, which was absent until 1857?

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By Sunil Kumar No, actually. A pan-Indian identity and ethos has been present in the subcontinent for a long time; and even foreigners and invaders acknowledged this. Indian identity was in existence since the Indus Valley Civilization with the Sumerian …

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Can you give us the clear difference between the nawabs and nabobs during the British colonization of India?

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By Sunil Kumar “Can you give us the clear difference between the nawabs and nabobs during the British colonization of India?” Not much of a difference; the words are nearly synonyms. Nabob is an old Anglo-Indian word used for people …

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In the early days of colonialism; who was the Briton with multiple wives?

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By Sunil Kumar The question is slightly incorrectly framed; as some historians have mentioned that when the East Indian company had just started to make inroads into India; interracial marriage was quite common. So; there must have been multiple contenders …

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