Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

Hey folks. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do our regular updates this evening mostly because I am not feeling very well at the moment. I will do what I can but no promises. I will definitely be back tomorrow, but then attwiw will be going mostly dark until April 2, as … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

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Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)

In addition to formally closing the book on the Safavids, one of the three Islamic “Gunpowder Empires” of the early modern (16th-18th century) period, Nader Shah also helped hasten the downfall of a second: India’s Mughal dynasty, and he did it in one dramatic and brutally violent invasion in the late 1730s. The Shiʿa Safavids … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Karnal (1739)

Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Talikota (1565)

Muslim control over India (by which I mean the modern state of India, more or less) was always somewhat precarious because whatever Muslim dynasty happened to be in power at any given time was guaranteed to be a religious minority ruling over a vast Hindy majority. The Mughal Empire, which ruled northern India, modern Pakistan, … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Battle of Talikota (1565)

Today in South Asian history: the Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Usually when a place is the site of three major battles, particularly when those battles take place over the (relatively) compressed period of about 250 years, the reason is, as real estate agents say, location, location, location. Panipat, located more or less along the most direct route from the Khyber Pass (historically the best/most popular … Continue reading Today in South Asian history: the Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Yesterday in South Asian history: the Indo-Pakistani War and Bangladesh Liberation War both end (1971)

Yes, technically I should've posted this yesterday, but mistakes were made. India and Pakistan have fought no fewer than four full-on wars since the two nations came into being in 1947. Where the 1971 war stands out from the others is that it had nothing (directly, at least) to do with the disputed region of … Continue reading Yesterday in South Asian history: the Indo-Pakistani War and Bangladesh Liberation War both end (1971)