William Dalrymple on Siraj ud-Daula and Shah Alam
The town of Murshidabad, the administrative centre of belated Mughal Bengal, lay three days’ cruising from Calcutta up the Bhagirathi, one of many two headstreams of this Ganges.
Along with the great weaving center of Dhaka, it had been 1 of 2 towns and cities in Bengal that in 1756 ended up being nevertheless significantly bigger than Calcutta; certainly, according to some quotes its populace ended up being approximately much like compared to London. From this, Nawab Aliverdi Khan went the thing that was definitely the wealthiest province of this Mughal Empire, though how long that empire nevertheless existed much more than name in 1756 ended up being now a matter of debate. The Nawab had ceased to deliver the annual income repayments to Delhi following the start of the Maratha invasions within the 1740s, and even though those invasions had now ceased the income re re re payments to Delhi hadn’t resumed.
Aliverdi Khan, who was simply of blended Arab and Afshar Turkman stock, had come to power in 1740 in a army coup financed and masterminded by the immensely powerful Jagat Seth bankers, who controlled the finances of Bengal. Continue lendo