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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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THE GREAT MUGHALS GO HUNTING LIONS

Divyabhanusinh

The political turmoil of Central Asia had many a Timurid prince fighting for his piece of inheritance. Zahiruddin Muhammad Babar of Fargana was no exception, in spite of his illustrious lineage from Timur on the paternal side and Genghis Khan on the maternal. However, there was another unique quality in the man, his inexhaustible energy to conquer and ambition to find himself a permanent place in the sun, which ensured his success in his endeavour for political power. Born in 1483, Babar's life until 1526 was based in Central Asia and was nomadic in the extreme. Thrice he took Samarkand and thrice he had to leave; consequently his attention turned south, to Kabul and the ever-tempting plains ...

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