YUDDHA Ep. 06: The Sultanate Supremacy (Part II)
How Delhi Won (and Lost) the Deccan
As the Mongol threat faded, the warlords of Delhi turned their attention south to the riches of peninsular India. In a matter of a few decades, they would transform the fate of the subcontinent forever. The figures that led this transformation - Alauddin Khilji, Malik Kafur, and Muhammad bin Tughluq - have passed into legend.
The Delhi Sultanate came to dominate the subcontinent. But the conquest of the Deccan also spelt the beginning of its disintegration and decline.
This is the second of a two-part series exploring the improbable rise and fall of the Delhi Sultanate. We discuss the similarities and differences between the Sultanate and the other polities of India; the complex politics of 14th century South India; the emergence of Rajput identity and the reality of the story of the famous Rani Padmavati; the destruction of the Svayambhu Shiva temple in Warangal and the meanings it carried; and the revolt and rise of new Deccan polities, such as Vijayanagara.
YUDDHA is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
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