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Abul Fazl (1551-1602) Persian scholar and Akbar's biographer. His work Ain-i-Akbari remains a great source of historical reference on the Mogul king Akbar
Akbar, Jalaluddin (1542-1605), also known as Akbar the Great, built the mighty Mogul empire [more]
Arjun Dev (1563-1606) Sikh Guru who compiled the sacred text of Adi Grinth.
Aurangjeb (a.k.a. Aurangzeb, 1678-1707) The greatest of Indian emperors in terms of span of kingdom; mostly remembered as a cruel ruler. [more]
Baron Chelmford Governor General of British India from 1916; remembered for the Montego-Chelmsford reform of Indian administration
Dadu Dayal (1544-1603) A disciple of Kabir, he was a supporter of Hindu-Muslim unity. His followers were known as Dadu Panthis.
Golconda The capital of Qutub Shahi Sultans who ruled Deccan from 1518 - 1687 A.D.; also name of a famous diamond
Ibrahim Adil Shah II (1580-1627) Islamic ruler of mostly Hindu state of Bijapur, called himself the "protector of weak". Lost to Moghul forces in 1597
Jizya A tax imposed by Muslim kings on non-Muslims of India to coerce them into Islam; Akbar abolished it in 1564 and Aurangjeb reinstated it in 1679
Keladi Chennamma (1691-1996) A brave queen in Indian history who fought the Mogul emperor Aurangjeb; sheltered Rajaram, a son of Maratha king Shivaji
Prithviraj Chauhan (1162-1192 A.D.) Ruler of Delhi at a crucial juncture of India’s history. Known for his bravery, chivalry and kindness, he has been immortalised in Prithvirajaraso, an epic poem composed by one of his associates Chand Bardai.
Raja Man Singh A ruler of Gwalior in the beginning of 16th century; also the name of able Rajput General of Amber in the army of emperor Akbar belonging to late 16th century.
Razm Nama Persian translation of the Mahabharata made at the command of Akbar in the 16th Century
Sawai Jai Singh II (1686-1743) Rajput king and astronomer who built Jantar Mantar near Dehli [more]
Shivaji (1627-1680) Great Maratha leader who fought Mogul emperor Aurangjeb and established a Hindu State [more]
Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993) Founder of Chinmaya mission that propagated Vedantic philosophy, social work and reinvigorating of India's culture.
Tukaram (1602-1650 A.D.) Hindu saint and poet; devotional songs written by him are popular to this day
Tulasidas (1532-1623) Sanskrit scholar and poet; his Ramacharitamanasa is a masterpiece of work on Ramayana. [more]
Zail Singh (1916- 1994) President of India during the years 1982-87; a veteran freedom fighter


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