Sher Shah Suri

Sher Shah Suri

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Sher Shah Suri (1486 - May 22, 1545) ( - Šīr Šāh Sūrī, ), birth name Farid Khan, also known as Sher Khan (The Lion King), was a Pathan of Bihar (specifically of the Ghilzai tribe) who founded the Sur dynasty. He was the emperor of northern India from the period of 1540–1545 and ruled from Delhi, India. He first served as a private before rising to become a commander in the Mughal Army under Babur and then as the governor of Bihar. In 1537, when Babur's son Humayun was elsewhere on an expedition, Sher Khan overran the state of Bengal and established the Sur Empire. A brilliant strategist, Sher Shah proved himself a gifted administrator as well as an able general. His reorganization of the empire laid the foundations for the later Mughal emperors, notably Akbar the Great, son of Humayun.

During his five year rule from 1540 to 1545, he set up a new template for civic and military administration, issued the first Rupee and re-organised the postal system of India. He further developed Humayun's Dina-panah city and named it Shergarh and revived the historical city of Pataliputra as Patna which had been in decline since the 7th century CE. He is also famously remembered for...
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