Expedition ‘In the Footsteps of Ancestors’ in India
The expedition ‘Following the footsteps of ancestors’ continues its journey through the countries. This time the participants headed to the Indian capital. In ancient times, the tribes of the Turkic-speaking group overcame this path from the steppes of Desht-i Qipchaq. In the early 13th century, the tribes found the Delhi Sultanate. The reign lasted for 320 years and was the largest state in northern India. The governors of the Turkic origin ruled the sultanate. One of the first rulers was Qutb al-Din Aibak who transferred the capital of the state to Delhi.
AMITA PALIWAL, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI:
- He was the best ruler of North India, of Delhi. Why he is best because Iltutmish belonged to Ilbari tribe so this is a country nation of the Qipchaq dynasty in India. He was a very handsome and very skillful person.
Participants of ‘Following the footsteps of the ancestors’ expedition have visited the burial places of the famous ancestors. They stopped at the mausoleum of the ruler Shams al-Din Iltutmish. He is known as the patron of science and culture in Indian history. In addition, he started extensive construction in Delhi. In 1229 he was recognized by the Baghdad Caliph as an independent ruler of the Delhi Sultanate under whom the Turkic empire greatly strengthened. The expedition members also met with Indian historians. Next year, ‘Following the footsteps of the ancestors’ expedition will visit Japan, South Korea, China and countries of Eastern Europe.