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Barun Roy

Barun Roy M.A. (Journalism and Mass Communication), M.A. (History), UGC NET (Journalism and Mass Communication), UGC NET (History) is an Independent researcher, scholar and an author based in Darjeeling, India.

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  • In 1887, Halford J. Mackinder proposed for shifting capital of British India to Delhi. Lord Curzon who was the Governor General during the partition of Bengal, wanted Indian capital to be shifted to the geographical centre somewhere in Madhya Desh (Central India) somewhere in Malwa.
  • Edward Thomas was the first, among the modern historiographers of medieval India to make extensive use of numismatics.
  • Finding Gold Coins from the Medieval Period are rare. Silver coins are fewer in number and copper coins even rarer. This has been attributed to the various raids (17 in number) of Mahmud of Ghazni, who may have carried away a great deal of coins to Ghazni from India as a part of the loot.
  • Vijayanagar Empire issued coins mostly in Gold. Silver coins were rare and known to have been issued only by Harihara (1336-1356) and Devaraya II (1422-1466).
  • During the Turkish rule, the Sultanate coins carried inscriptions on both sides either in Arabic or in Persian script.