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prince Âzim with these words : “Come what may, To effect his purpose he abolished all distinction I have launched my vessel on the waves. Farewell, of caste and of religion. Mussulman and Hindoo farewell, farewell."
of high or low caste were admitted alike. A peculiar dress was to distinguish the Sikh, his clothes were to be blue; he was to allow the hair of his head and of all parts of his body to grow unchecked. He was to be a soldier from his entrance into the
society, and always to carry steel about his person. CHAPTER XIV.
While the usual ceremonies and usages of religion BAHADUR SHÂu-Origin of the Sikhs-JEHÂNDAR SHÂN
were abolished and new ones substituted, HinThe Syuds-- FUROKHSÎR-War in the Deckan-Against
dooism was not totally renounced ; Bramins were the Sikhs--MOHAMMED SHAH-Asof Jâh-Fall of the to be held in honour, and the flesh of kine was not Syuds---The Marattas-Bâlajee Wiswanât-Bajee Rao to be eaten. Invasion of Hindûstân by the Marattas.
But still the Sikhs were unable to resist the im
perial arms. They were hunted down and massaBy his last will Aurungzîb directed that his empire cred, their forts were taken, and even Guru himshould be divided among his three sons ; but, regardless of it, Azîm, the second son, caused himself self, it is said, was obliged to take service with the
Moguls for a subsistence. The cruelties that were to be proclaimed emperor of India. Moazzim, exercised on them, however, only served to give who was in Câbul, assumed as the elder the crown, strength to their fanaticism. Under a chief named taking the title of Bahâdur Shâh, and the two
Bandu, of a more ferocious character than Guru brothers prepared to assert their claims by force Govind, they burst from their mountains, and overof arms. A bloody battle was fought to the south
ran the east of the Punjab, destroying and massaof Agra, in which Azim and his two elder sons were
cring in the most savage manner wherever they slain, and his youngest, an infant, made prisoner.
They penetrated as far as Seharanpoor, to Bahầdur then marched into the Deckan, where
the east of the Jumna, and then fixed themselves prince Câmbakhsh refused to submit to him, and
in the country between the Sutlej and the mounin a battle near Hyderabad that prince was de- tains, whence they soon spread their ravages as far feated and slain. In order then to sow dissensions
as Delhi on the one side, and as Lahore on the among the Marattas, the emperor released Saho
other. It was these last depredations that caused the rightful rajah, and promised to make peace the emperor Bahadur to march in person against with him on favourable terms if he should succeed
them. He speedily routed them, and drove them in making good his title. The Marattas, as was
back to their hills, and having blockaded Bandu in anticipated, split into two parties, and as that of
a fortress, he hoped to end the war by his capture. Sâho seemed soon to be the stronger, Dâûd Khân
But he contrived to escape in a sally, one of his Panni, a Patan, who as Zulficâr's deputy was left
followers having personated him in order to attract to govern the Deckan, concluded a treaty with
the attention of the enemy. The emperor returned him, by which it was agreed that the chout should
to Lahore, where he died shortly after, in the fifth be paid him, but not be collected by the Marattas
year of his reign (1712); for he was an old man themselves,
when he came to the throne. As war was now to ensue with a power which
On the death of Bahadur, there was, of course, had lately arisen in the Punjab, Bahadur resolved
As his to bring the war with the Rajpûts to a close. He eldest son, Jehấndâr Shâh, was a man of no capacity,
as we may say, a contest for the crown. therefore conceded all their demands, and peace
the troops and nobility in general were in favour was concluded (1709).
of the second son, Azeem. But Zulficâr, judging it This new power was the religious sect of the Sikhs, who have since become of such importance throne, declared for Jehândâr, and Azeem was de
more for his advantage to have a puppet on the in the history of India. This sect commenced about
feated and slain. Zulficâr was immediately made the end of the fifteenth century ; its founder was a man of the name of Nânik, who taught, as others and disdain the feeble prince whom he served, who
vizîr, and he treated with the utmost arrogance before him had done, that all religious forms were had indeed forfeited all title to respect by promoting indifferent, and that the Moslem and the Hindoo were alike in the sight of God. To this doctrine, mistress, who had been a public dancer.
to high offices the low-born relatives of his favourite the latter would of course assent, but the fanatic Moslems would not admit of such enlarged charity, blood who were in his power.
Jehandâr had put to death all the princes of the
But Furokhsîr, the and its teacher received the crown of martyrdom
son of Azeem, who was in Bengal, threw himat their hands (1606). This impolitic cruelty con
self on the protection of two able men, Syuds, or verted the Sikhs from quiet religionists into enthu
descendants of the prophet, one of whom, Hussun siastic warriors. They took up arms under his son,
Ally, was governor of Bahâr, and the other, AbHar Govind; but the government proved too strong dallah, governor of Allahabad. With their aid he for them, aná they were expelled from their seats in repelled a force that was sent against him, and then the neighbourhood of Lahore, and forced to take
advanced to the vicinity of Agra, where he was enrefuge in the mountains to the north. Here they countered by Jehậndâr and Zulfícâr at the head of remained, still at enmity with the Moslems, till the
70,000 men. The battle was long and bloody, and year 1675, when their chief, Guru Govind, the Hussun was even left for dead on the field. But the grandson of Har Govind, conceived the idea of victory finally remained with Furokhsîr, and Jeforming them into a great religious and military hândâr fled in disguise to Delhi, whither Zulficâr republic.
led the remains of the troops. Zulficâr's father,
Assad Khân, had meantime made the wretched em6 This is by some written Seiks. We believe the correct pronunciation to be as our word seek.
peror a prisoner, and when Furokhsîr approached
A. D. 1713--20.
the city he and his son went forth to meet him, and a great number of them were made prisoners. and delivered up to him their late master. Jehân- Some were put to death on the spot, but the chief dâr was put to death, Zulficâr shared his fate; the and upwards of 700 others were led to Delhi, where life of Assad was spared (1713).
they were paraded through the streets and then beThe elevation of Furokhsîr was of necessity at-headed, at the rate of one hundred a day, when tended by that of the Syuds, his protectors. 'Ab- they refused to renounce their religion. Bandu, dallah, the elder brother, was made vizîr, and arrayed in a robe of cloth of gold, with a red turban Hussun, Ameer-ul-ômrah, or commander-in-chief. on his head, was exhibited in an iron cage. The They thought, as the king's character was mean heads of his followers were borne around him on and feeble, that all power would be theirs, while pikes. He was given a dagger and ordered to he would content himself with wealth and plea- stab his infant son ; on his refusal, the child was sure. But he had a favourite, to whom he gave the slain, and its heart flung in his face. He was then title of Meer Jumla, and both were alike jealous of torn to pieces with red-hot pincers. He died the Syuds, and resolved to destroy them if possible. praising God, who had raised him up as a scourge
Their first project was to separate, and thus to the iniquities of the age. The remaining Sîkhs weaken them. Accordingly Hussun was directed were hunted like wild beasts, but still the sect to march against Ajeet Sing, the rajah of Mârwâr, survived, and, as we shall see, finally attained to to whom, at the same time, a secret message was empire. sent, directing him to make an obstinate resistance During the absence of Hussun, his brother the and protract the war. But the rajah looked to his vizîr, being of indolent, luxurious habits, had comown interest, and when Hussun offered him fair mitted the duties of his office to an Hindoo deputy, and honourable terms he accepted them. One of whose strictness caused dissatisfaction, and he was the conditions was that he should give his daughter in imminent danger from the plots of the king, and in marriage to the emperor; the last matrimonial of Meer Jumla, who had returned to court. He alliance between the house of Timûr and the Raj- therefore assembled his adherents, and prepared pût rajahs. Hussun then returned to the capital, to stand on his defence. They feared to attack and a civil war was on the point of breaking out him, and Meer Jumla was obliged to retire to his between the Syuds and the king ; the monarch, native province of Multân. But the king immedihowever, was soon forced to submit, and to put the ately formed another plot with rajah Jy Sing and gates of his palace into the hands of their troops. some other leaders of importance. This brought It was then arranged that Meer Jumla should go Hussun to Delhi, attended by a body of 10,000 as governor to Bahâr, and Hussun to the Deckan, Marattas, and he took possession of the city, and whither he was to lead his army without delay. put Furokhsîr to death (1719).
The daughter of Ajeet Sing had been by this Two young princes, whom the Syuds successively time conducted to the capital. She was lodged in placed on the throne, having died in the course the palace of Hussun, who celebrated her nuptials of a few months, they fixed on a third, who was of with the king with unusual magnificence ; he then a sounder constitution, and whose mother, by whom set out for the Deckan, threatening, if any further he had been reared, was a woman of talent. He attempt were made against his brother's authority, ascended the throne by the title of Mohammed to be back with his army in three weeks from the
Shâh. day he should have heard of it.
The power of the Syuds gave occasion to much The plan adopted by the court now was secretly discontent among the nobles, and insurrections to employ Dâûd Khân, the Patan, against Hussun. took place. These, however, they suppressed ; but He was directed to stir up the Marattas and others, there was one person whom they had offended, and and, while affecting to co-operate with Hussun, to whose talents made him formidable. This was effect his destruction. But this circuitous course Cheen Kilich Khân (afterwards named Asof Jah, did not suit the bold, daring character of Dâûd. as we shall henceforth call him), the son of GhâziHe proceeded openly against Hussun, and met him ud-dîn, of a Toorkee family, one of Aurungzîb's boldly in the field. The impetuosity of his charge favourite officers. He had been made viceroy of bore down all opposition, Hussun's troops were the Deckan on the accession of Furokhsîr, but had flying in all directions, when Dâûd, heading a been removed to make room for Hussun. He had charge of 300 Patans armed with battle-axes, was notwithstanding taken the side of the Syuds in the shot by a ball through the head. His fall, of course, late transactions ; but to his mortification he was decided the fortune of the day, and Hussun then now only appointed to the government of Mâlwa. proceeded to act against the Marattas. They adopted He dissembled his anger, and, having at length their usual tactics; and, finding that he could effect drawn together a sufficient number of troops, he nothing serious against them, and that his presence raised the standard of revolt, crossed the Nerwas required at Delhi, he made a treaty with Sâho, budda, and entered the Deckan (1720), where he one of the conditions of which was that he was to speedily established his authority, and defeated the levy chout over the whole of the Deckan. He was troops sent against him by the Syuds. The intelliin addition to have the sirdésmuki, or a tenth of gence of his success caused great consternation to the remainder of the revenue, and in return he the Syuds ; but the emperor, who, tutored by his was to pay a tribute of ten lacs of rupees, to mother, had as yet carried himself fairly toward furnish 15,000 horse, and to answer for the tran- them, was secretly rejoiced at it, and he entered quillity of the country. The emperor refused to into a plot with some of his leading nobles for the ratify this treaty, and this served to bring affairs overthrow of their power. It was agreed between between him and the Syuds to a crisis (1717). the brothers, that Abdallah should as heretofore
During this time, the Sikhs had renewed their remain behind, while Hussun, taking the emperor ravages. An able general was sent against them, and some of the suspected nobles with him, should and they were beaten in all quarters. Bandu lead an army into the Deckan.
Hussun accordingly marched from Agra ; but he attempt to get the chout and sirdêsmuki of the dishad hardly set out when a ferocious Calmuck, hired trict round Hyderabad commuted for a fixed sum, for the purpose, assassinated him in his palankeen. he affected to doubt whether he was to pay it to His death caused great commotion in the camp, Sâho or to his rival Samba, who still held the His adherents, many of whom were Syuds, took southern part of the Maratta country. The rajah arms to avenge it ; they were opposed by the party and his pêshwa were highly offended, and the latter of the conspirators and the supporters of the king, invaded Asof's territories (1727), and laid siege to and were finally overcome. When the news reached Burhampoor. But when Asof and Samba came to Delhi, Abdallah placed another prince on the throne, its relief he suddenly drew off his forces, and rushed and, assembling an army, advanced to engage that on and ravaged Güzerât, where the chout had not of Mohammed Shâh. He was, however, defeated been paid, and then, returning to the Deckan, cut and made a prisoner ; but his life was spared, as off Asof's supplies in the usual manner, and forced he was of the lineage of the Prophet.
him to renounce his alliance with Samba, and to Mohammed, being now his own master, bestowed make some further concessions. Shortly after, the office of vizîr on Asof Jah, who, however, being Samba was surprised and defeated, and forced to engaged with the affairs of the Deckan, did not acknowledge Sáho's supremacy. Asof Jâh and Bâcome to court immediately. On his arrival (1722), jee Râo at length deemed it would be more for their he found the emperor wholly devoted to pleasure, mutual interest to be at peace than at enmity, and a mere puppet in the hands of his mistress and his they entered into a secret compact of mutual support. favourites. Little harmony was therefore to be Bajee Râo now directed his efforts against Mâlwa expected ; the vizîr was disgusted with such con- and Güzerât, where he was chiefly opposed by the duct, while the emperor sought no higher gratifica- Rajpût rajahs, to whom the court of Delhi had tion than to see his favourites ridicule the old granted the government of these provinces, and fashioned dress and formal manners of the vizîr. his success was such, that at length (1736) he felt Toward the end of the following year Asof Jah himself strong enough to demand as a jaghîr resigned his office and set out for the Deckan. The Mâlwa and all the country south of the river emperor parted with him on terms of great cor- Chumbul, with the holy cities Muttra, Allahabad, diality, but he sent secret orders to Mobârez Khân, and Benares. The emperor, however, was not the governor of Hyderabad, to endeavour to destroy brought low enough yet to concede so much, and him and then to take his government. He obeyed, Asof Jâh, who was growing alarmed at the rapid collected an army, and gave Asof battle ; but he progress made by the Marattas, resolved to march met only with defeat and death, and his head, as to the aid of his liege lord. Meanwhile Bâjee Râo that of a rebel, was sent to court by the victor. had arrived within forty miles of Agra, while a Asof then fixed his seat in Hyderabad, and, though portion of his light troops, under Malhâr Râo Holhe sent from time to time presents to the emperor, kar, were ravaging the country beyond the Jumna. he in other respects acted as an independent Sâdut Khân, however, the governor of Oude, prince. His chief care now was to secure himself marched against them and drove them back. As against the Marattas.
fame magnified this check into a great victory, The Maratta state at this period had assumed a Bâjee Rão, to efface its effects, passing the Mogul
army sent under the vizîr to oppose him, made as yet possessed. This was owing to the Bramin forced marches and suddenly appeared before the Bâlajee Wiswanât, the pêshwa or prime minister gates of Delhi. As his object was only to intimiof rajah Sâho. As a mean toward the future date, he did little mischief, and on hearing that the extension of the Maratta power, Bâlajee was care- vizîr, joined by Sâdut Khân, was advancing against ful to keep up the claim of chout and sirdésmuki, him, he drew off his forces and retired to the and in the case of the former he claimed, though Deckan (1737). Asof Jâh soon after arrived at he did not enforce it, a fourth, not merely of the Delhi, where he was made commander-in-chief, actual revenue, but of that fixed by Todar Mal with the fullest powers, and the government of and Malik Amber. It was also part of his plan to Mâlwa and Gûzerât was conferred on his son parcel out these imposts to different Maratta chiefs, Ghazi-ud-dîn. taking care that none should have so much in any Bâjee Râo having recrossed the Nerbudda at the one district as might make him too powerful and head of 80,000 horse, Asof Jâh advanced to engage independent.
him. But, cautious from age, and relying on his The office of pêshwa became hereditary in the artillery, instead of trying to bring on a pitched family of Balajee. The other great office in the battle at once, he resolved to await an attack in a state, and which balanced that of the pêshwa, was strong position near Bôpâl. The consequence was that of the Pîrtî Nidhỉ, or Delegate of the Rajah. that the country round was laid waste, his supplies Bâlajee was succeeded by his son Bâjee Râo, the and detachments were cut off, and at the end of ablest man after Sevajee that the Marattas have about a month he was obliged to commence a repossessed. One of his first acts was to urge the treat, harassed by the persevering foe, and finally rajah to offensive operations against the Moguls in to enter into a treaty with the pêshwa, ceding the Hindûstân. “ Let us strike,” cried he, “the wither- country south of the Chumbul, and promising to ed trunk, and the branches will fall of them- use all his influence with the emperor to induce selves.” The rajah gave a willing consent, and him to confirm the cession, and to pay in addition Bâjee Râo forth with ravaged Mâlwa and forced fifty lacs of rupees to the Marattas. the governor of Güzerât to consent to the payment But ere these matters could be arranged another of chout (1725).
storm burst over the ill-fated Indian empire from By this time Asof Jâh thought himself suffi- the point whence such calamities have invariably ciently secure in the Deckan to endeavour to set come the north-west frontier, along the vale of limits to the Maratta power. Having failed in an the Câbul.
A. D. 1722-40.
rors of India, who, as we may have observed, had
always possessed the region through which the CHAPTER XV.
river Câbul flows. Aware of the distracted state
of the Indian government, he took advantage of Persia ---Conquest of it by Mahmûd the Afghân-Nadir its tardy recognition of his title, and, making it
Shâh-His Invasion of India-Massacre and Plunder of and some other matters a cause of quarrel, he Delhi-Death of Bâjee Râo-Bâlajee Râo-The Rohillas seized the city of Câbul, and marched for the -Invasion of India by Ahmed Düranee-AHMED SHAH Indus. Meeting with little or no opposition, he The Marattas in Hindûstân--Ghazi-ud-din-ALUMGÎR II.
advanced toward the Jumna, and at length, within -Plunder of Delhi by Ahmed Dûranee--Conquest of the
one hundred miles of Delhi, he encountered the Punjab by the Marattas.Power of the Marattas- Attempt to make themselves Masters of all India--Battle of Pâni
army of Mohammed Shâh (1739). pat, and Ruin of the Maratta Power.
The troops of India would have been in no case
a match for the hardy warriors led by Nadir ; but The Suffavee dynasty had now occupied the throne the jealousy which prevailed between Asof Jâh of Persia for more than two centuries; it had, con- and Sâdut Khân contributed still further to ensequently, like every other Oriental dynasty, sunk feeble them. They were therefore easily overcome and lost all energy beneath the degrading influence in the engagement which ensued, and Mohammed of absolute power. In the reign of Hussun Khan was obliged to enter the camp of Nâdir, and ac(1722), the Ghiljys, a tribe of the Afghans who in- company him to Delhi. In that city the Persian
bited the country about Candahâr, and who had troops, whose discipline was high, conducted themsome years before made themselves masters of selves with much propriety, until, upon a report of that city, led by an enterprising chief named Nâdir's death, the inhabitants rose and killed Mahmûd, resolved to attempt the overthrow of about 700 of them. Nâdir then, after making fruitthe Persian power, with which for some years less efforts to appease the tumult, and having been they had been at war. At the head of only 25,000 himself assailed with missiles as he rode through hardy warriors, Mahmûd marched from Candahâr, the city for that purpose, gave orders for a general and directed his course for Isfahân, the Persian
The butchery lasted from sunrise till capital. In the vicinity of that city he encountered late in the afternoon, when he issued orders for it the Persian army, of far superior number, splen- | to cease. The number of the slain is variously didly equipped, and well supplied with artillery. stated from 150,000 to 8000, but that of 30,000 But victory was on the side of the warriors of the seems nearer to, though perhaps under the truth. mountains, and the wealthy and luxurious city with But it was money, not blood, that Nâdir sought 200,000 inhabitants was invested. Though the in India, and the work of pillage now began. Every Afghâns were now only 20,000 in number, by their thing of value belonging to the crown was seized, activity and vigilance they were enabled to repel torture was employed to make the nobles and the all sallies, and cut off all supplies, and, after sus. inferior inhabitants discover their wealth; the taining the horrors of famine for six months, the governors of provinces were forced to yield contritown was forced to surrender. The king came
came butions, and Nâdir at length, having obtained all forth at the head of his nobles, and placed the the wealth that he thought India could bestow, crown on the head of the conqueror.
quitted Delhi after a residence of fifty-eight days, After a reign of little more than two years, taking with him a treasure estimated at upwards of Mahmûd died raging mad, and was succeeded by thirty millions sterling. He formed a treaty with his nephew named Ashreff (1724). This able prince Mohammed, whom he replaced on the throne, by defended his dominions with success against the which all the provinces west of the Indus were Ottoman Turks and the Russians; but he failed in ceded to Persia, and this treaty put a final end to his contest with the Persians led by the greatest the rule of the house of Timûr in Afghanistan. man that modern Persia has produced,
The state of misery and distress in the capital A son of Shah Hussun, named Tamasp, had fled and the empire may easily be conceived, and it from Isfahân, and taken refuge with the tribe of might have been expected that the Marattas would Kajar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Here he have taken advantage of it to extend their power was joined by a predatory chief named Nâdir, a in Hindûstan. But Bajee Râo preferred resuming native of Khorasan, whose daring exploits had operations in the Deckan, where he engaged in rendered him famous in the country. Nâdir, at- hostilities with Nâsir Jung, the son and deputy of taching his fortunes to the royal cause, took the Asof Jâh. He met, however, with a more vigorous name of Tamasp Coolee, or servant of Tamasp, opposition than he had anticipated, and was glad to and, under his able guidance, the troops of Persia come to an accommodation with his opponent. He finally succeeded in driving the Ghiijyes out of the then set out on his return to Hindústân, and had country (1729). Having carried on wars with reached the Nerbudda when death surprised him success in various quarters, Nâdir finally felt him- (1740). self sufficiently strong to depose Tamasp, and His successor in the office of pêshwa was his son place the diadem on his own brows. This he did
This he did Balajee Râo, who was also a man of considerable with great solemnity in a general assembly of his ability. But he had potent rivals and enemies to arıny and of all the great officers of the realm on contend with, and it required all his address to the plain of Môghân (1736).
overcome their intrigues. The most formidable of Nâdir now resolved to avenge on the Ghiljyes these rivals was Ragujee Bôsla, who had the the evils they had inflicted on Persia, and to re- charge of collecting the chout in Berâr and the store Candahâr to the empire. After sustaining forest-country to the east of it, which rendered him a long siege, that city surrendered (1738), and his in fact nearly the sovereign of that region. He conquest of the Ghiljye territory brought him even attempted to collect the chout to the north of now into contact with the dominions of the empe- the Nerbudda, but Bâlajee marched in person into
that country; and while he was there, and was pre- less effort to avenge him, retired with his men into his paring to insist on the execution of the treaty con- own country; and his influence was such, that within cluded with his father by Asof Jah, Ragujee in- a short time he was declared king at Candahâr, and vaded Bengal. The emperor, in his alarm, offered to his dominions extended from the Indus to the Bâlajee the cession of Mâlwa, on condition of his frontiers of Persia. Knowing the weakness and the aiding him against Ragujee. The offer was gladly wealth of India, where he had been with Nâdir, le accepted; the pêshwa forthwith marched through resolved to attempt conquest in it, and, passing the Bahâr and reached Moorshedabad, the capital of Indus with only 12,000 men, he took Lahore and Bengal, in time to protect it against Ragujee, advanced to the Sutlej. Here an army under the whom he routed and drove out of the province. He vizîr and prince Ahmed was prepared to oppose then returned to Sattâra (1743), against which he him ; but he crossed the river where there was no found Ragujee in full march; and so strong was the ford, got into their rear, and took the town of Sirconfederacy that had been formed against the hind, where their stores and baggage lay. He then pêshwa, that he deemed it advisable to detach assailed the entrenched camp of the Indians ; but, Ragujee from it by conceding to him the right of being repulsed in several attacks, he repassed the levying tribute in Bahâr and Bengal. Ragujee's river and marched homewards (1748). attempts on Bengal were finally concluded by the Within a month after the battle of Sirhind the cession of Cuttac, the southern part of Orissa, and emperor Mohammed died, and was succeeded by the annual payment of twelve lacs of rupees as the his son Ahmed Shâh. chout of Bengal (1751).
The late vizîr had been killed by a cannon-ball The deaths of Asof Jâh and of Rajah Sâho oc- at Sirhind, and the office was now vacant. Ahmed curred during this period. The former returned to offered it to Asof Jâh, and on his declining it he gave the Deckan to suppress the rebellion of his son, Nasir it to Sufder Jung, the son of Sâdut Khân the Jung, and he died there in the year 17487; Saho's | viceroy of Oude. As Ahmed Dûranee was at this death occurred in the following year. A series of time engaged in the western part of his dominions, intrigues for the succession followed ; but the the vizir, Ally Mohammed being now dead, thought pêshwa succeeded in placing a prince, named Rajah the occasion good for making an attempt to destroy Râm, on the throne. He was then engaged in hos- | his neighbours the Rohillas. He committed the tilities with the successor of Asof Jâh, who was charge of the war to the Afghân chief of Furaided by the French ; but we shall defer our ac- rockabâd, but, this general happening to fall in count of these transactions.
battle, the vizir endeavoured to derive advantage The most remarkable event in Hindústân at this from that event, by depriving his widow of the time was the rise of the Rohillas, a people destined greater part of her territory. The people, however, to act a conspicuous part in the future history. rose and called in the Rohillas, the vizîr was Numbers of the Afghāns of the district of Rồh obliged to take the field against them; his nume
whence they were called Rohillas) had been in the rous but ill-disciplined troops yielded an easy imperial service. There was among them a man victory to the enemy, and the Rohillas soon apnamed Ally Mohammed, who was said to have been peared before the walls of both Lucknow and a Hindoo, and who had been adopted by a Rohilla Allahabad (1750). soldier. He entered the army as a common soldier, The vizir saw now no resource but to call in the and, being a man of talent and energy, he rose, like Marattas. He applied to the two chiefs Holkar so many men of the same character, to some rank and Scindia, to whom the pêshwa had given settleand influence. He obtained the management of ments in Málwa, and the promise of a large subsidy some jagheers; he gradually increased his posses- induced them to lead their forces to his aid ; he sions and took more and more of the Afghåns into also was joined by the rajah of the Jâts. At the his pay and service, and at length he felt himself head of this combined force, he defeated the Rostrong enough to refuse remitting the income of the hillas, and drove them to the lower ranges of the lande he held to Delhi. He defeated the troops Himalaya. As he permitted the Marattas to levy sent against him, and eventually became master of their subsidy from the conquered territory, it was the country between the Ganges and Oude, hence- many years before the country recovered from the forth named Rohilound. The emperor at length effects of their ravages (1751). took the field against him in person, and he was When the vizir returned to Delhi, he found that then obliged to submit and content himself with the Ahmed Dûranee had again invaded the Punjab, government of Sirhind (1745).
which had been ceded to him by the emperor on his The north-west frontier was destined to send demand ; he also found that his own influence with more plunderers in on India. Nâdir Shâh having the emperor and his mother had been engrossed become abhorred for his tyranny by the Persians, by a favourite eunuch. This difficulty he easily a conspiracy was formed against him, and he was removed by inviting the favourite to a banquet, at assassinated in his tent near Meshîd (1747). Ahmed which he caused him to be assassinated. But this Khân, the chief of the Afghâns of the Abdálee only raised up to him a more formidable opponent tribes, who were in his service, having made a fruit- in the person of Shuhab-ud-dîn', the grandson of
Asof Jāh, a young man of great energy and ability, 7 When he was first made viceroy of the Deckan (above,
whom he had himself patronised and raised to the p. 43), the title of Nizâm-ul-Mulk, 6. e. Regulator of the
rank of Ameer-ul-ômrah, with the title of GhaziState, had been conferred on him; and this has been the title of his descendants down to the present day.
ud-dîn. This young man readily joined the em8 The original seats of the Abdâlees were the mountains peror against his benefactor.
A civil war was carof Ghôr, but they were now settled principally about Herât. ried on for six months in the streets of Delhi, when Ahmed, from some unexplained motive, changed their
9 His father, Ghâzi-ud-dîn (see p. 44), died in 1753, at name to Dûranees, by which name they are known in Indian
Aurungobâd, by poison it was said, when on his march history.
against his brother, Salabut Jung.