From Indus to Independence - A Trek Through Indian History (Vol V The Delhi Sultanate)

This is the fifth volume in the series on Indian history with the generic title From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History. It covers the period from the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate (accepted as 1206 by most historians) and its defeat and obliteration by Babur the Mughal in 1526. The initial phase of the Delhi Sultanate was more a military occupation than the establishment of an empire and accordingly was chaotic, violent and turbulent. Throughout its existence, the Sultanate continued a program of aggressive imposition of Islam on the northern part of the Indian sub-continent.
This book chronicles the events of more than three centuries, especially in North India that had, and continues to have momentous influence on further developments in India. The Delhi Sultanate was the first major Islamic kingdom to be established in India and brought about direct confrontation between Hinduism and Islam. The encounter transformed not only India’s social fabric but had lasting impact on the sub-continent’s architecture, literature, music and even cuisine. More importantly it divided the socio-political and economic structure of India in an irrevocable manner.
This book recounts the historic events and analyses the social, cultural and religious developments that transformed India permanently. It combines detailed research and great erudition, weaving together the events of three centuries and the aftermath and influence of each on the development of India as an entity. 

Vij Books
  • Pages: 566
  • 9789386457714 • HARDBACK • March 2018 • Rs.1250
  • 9789386457738 • EBOOK • May 2018 • Rs.695
  • Subjects: Indian History
  • From Indus to Independence - A Trek Through Indian History (Vol V The Delhi Sultanate)
author details

Dr Sanu Kainikara is an ex-fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force and currently a practising Military Strategist residing in Canberra, Australia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, and his PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Regional Security.  

Dr Kainikara is the author of 11 books on national security and strategy, military forces and air power. He is a keen student of Indian history and is in the process of writing the history of India in a series of books titled From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History. The first three volumes of the series have already been published and the fourth is nearing completion. He has also published a collection of political essays titled The Asian Crucible. He is a regular contributor to the Eurasia Review. 

Sanu is the author of numerous papers on international politics, national security issues, and security strategy that have been published in reputed international journals; and has presented papers, on invitation, in a number of International Conferences around the world.

Author’s Preface
Introduction to Volume V

Chapter 1 The Slave Dynasty: The Beginning
Chapter 2 Shams Ud-Din Iltutmish
Chapter 3 The Story of The Qutb Minar
Chapter 4 A Queen Reigns
Chapter 5 From Confusion to Consolidation
Chapter 6 Ghiyas Ud-Din Balban – The Sultan
Chapter 7 The Slave Dynasty: An Appraisal

Chapter 8 Ascent to Power
Chapter 9 Ala Ud-Din Khilji 
Chapter 10 Military Conquests of Ala Ud-Din Khilji
Chapter 11 Demise of The Dynasty
Chapter 12 Ala Ud-Din – The Only Khilji Who Mattered

Sources of Information
Chapter 13 Ghiyas Ud-Din Tughluq Shah
Chapter 14 Muhammad Tughluq - The Impatient Administrator
Chapter 15 Muhammad Tughluq: Military Commander Revolts and Rebellions
Chapter 16 Muhammad Tughluq: The Ill-Starred Dreamer - Blood Thirsty Tyrant or Benevolent King?
Chapter 17 Firuz Shah Tughluq - A Man of Peace
Chapter 18 Firuz Shah’s Military Endeavours
Chapter 19 Firuz Shah: A Sultan for Stability
Chapter 20 The Later Tughluqs: A Decade of Decline
Chapter 21 A Typhoon called Timur The Scourge of God
Chapter 22 The Whimpering End
Chapter 23 The Disintegrated Sultanate

Chapter 24 Khizr Khan Sayyid
Chapter 25 Muiz Ud-Din Abdul Fateh Sultan Mubarak Shah
Chapter 26 The Later Sayyids

Chapter 27 Origins of The Lodis
Chapter 28 Bahlul Lodi: Chief among Equals
Chapter 29 Sikandar Shah Lodi : Life And Times
Chapter 30 Ibrahim Lodi: The Twilight Sultan

Chapter 31 Governance of The Sultanate
Chapter 32 The Caliphate and the Sultanate : Debating the Relationship

Chapter 33 The Assiduous Power of Hinduism
Chapter 34 Sufism in India during the Sultanate
Chapter 35 The Mingling of Mysticism
Chapter 36 The Medieval Hindu Revival Reform through Bhakti