William Dalrymple on Siraj ud-Daula and Shah Alam
The town of Murshidabad, the main city of late Mughal Bengal, lay 3 days’ cruising from Calcutta up the Bhagirathi, among the two headstreams associated with Ganges.
Combined with the great weaving center of Dhaka, it absolutely was 1 of 2 metropolitan areas in Bengal that in 1756 had been nevertheless considerably bigger than Calcutta; indeed, according to some quotes its populace had been approximately much like that of London. As a result, Nawab Aliverdi Khan went that which was definitely the province that is richest of this Mughal Empire, though how long that empire nevertheless existed much more than name in 1756 ended up being now a matter of debate. (more…)