As the tale of Ghori drew to a close in AD 1206,
The empire started to decline, unlike a house of bricks.
But Qutbuddin Aibak, his general didn’t let it fall,
He established the Sultanate, one of the mightiest dynasties of all.
Aibak wasn’t of royal blood so all this caused some strife,
After ascending the throne therefore, he didn’t live a long life.
But quite generous he was, Lakh Baksh was the title he earned,
He started building Qutb Minar but finishing it was what he yearned.
He was very clever, using marriages to strengthen his position,
To douse all riots against him and banish people’s inquisition.
On his death, amidst great opposition, Iltutmish took over the throne,
He defeated Yaldoz and Qabacha single-handedly, alone!
Consolidating his empire was what he was trying to do,
But with oppression from Mongols who stuck to India, like glue.
Continuing their attacks, they finally gained some control,
Trying repeatedly but failing to bring into being the empire of Mongol.
Shamsuddin was the title he earned, challenges he faced many,
But situations where he was close to giving up, there were hardly any.
Razia, his daughter succeeded him in 1236 AD,
The first and last woman to rule Delhi, remember, a lady!
She faced abundance of criticism, for she was a woman,
What is wrong if women rule, is it a bad omen?
Few years later, Nasiruddin, her brother was put on the throne,
But the real power lay with Ghiasuddin Balban – cold as stone.
Said to be a stern man, ruthless, always ruled with ‘iron and blood’
Could handle any situation, even if of Mongols there was an overflood.
His death marked the end of the dynasty, Khiljis began to rule,
Of the Khilji dynasty, Jalaluddin wasn’t a powerful tool.
He was a benevolent ruler, but his administration criticized as weak,
As he was very old by then black hair possibly not even a streak.
By Alauddin, his nephew, he was treacherously put to death,
Alauddin didn’t let the poor man enjoy until his last breath.
But he was considered one of the best Sultans and quite ambitious too,
To prevent conspiracies among nobles, oh the secret ideas he’d brew!
Killed by Ghiasuddin Tughlaq, oh that served him right,
As he wouldn’t let anyone enjoy, would always start a fight.
Ghiasuddin died very soon, Mohammad bin Tughlaq began his rule,
You couldn’t say he was a complete genius, you couldn’t call him a fool.
A confused genius was what he was, had good intentions and plans,
But people weren’t in awe of him, he had not many fans.
His cousin Firoz Shah Tughlaq then ascended the throne,
But with boundless conflicts being not the most well-known.
Then during the rule of the last Tughlaq, Timur started invading,
Then soon the Sultanate and its reputation together started fading.
After this, the Sayyids and Lodis quite soon caught hold,
Sikandar Lodi ruled to his fullest, he was quite bold.
After him too, there was a monarch, but I won’t tell you who,
You will get to know soon enough, in verses from history, part two.