Who was Ghiyas ud din Balban?
Ghiyas ud din Balban (1216–1287, reigned: 1266–1287) ( Urdu: غیاث الدین بلبن ); ( Hindi: ग़ियास उद-दीन बलबन); ( IAST: Ghiyās ud-Dīn Balban) was the ninth sultan of the Mamluk dynasty of Delhi . Ghiyas ud Din was the regent of the last Shamsi sultan, Nasiruddin Mahmud. He reduced the power of the nobility and heightened the stature of the sultan.
Why did Balban declared himself the Sultan of Delhi?
Since Sultan Nasiruddin did not have a male heir, so after his death, Balban declared himself the Sultan of Delhi. Balban ascended the throne in 1266 at the age of sixty with the title of Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Balban.
How did Sultan Balban’s intelligence system work?
Sultan Balban had a strong and well-organized intelligence system. Balban employed spies, barids, to inform on his officials. He placed secret reporters and news-writers in every department. The spies were independent authority who were only answerable to Sultan.
Who was Balban?
Balban was first appointed as a simple water carrier, but quickly rose to the position of Khasdar (king’s personal attendant) by the Sultan. He became one of the most notable of the forty Turkic nobles of Delhi, or the Chalissa.