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You were exceptional among the ancient Indian emperors with vast learning, yet your silhouette stands under the signboard, engraved with ‘Intelligent Fool’, in the recess of history. It was tenable to transfer the capital to the thorax of your empire. But why’d you drag the people of Delhi to Devagiri? Your innovations turned curses and corpses in improper implementation. As a ruler’s thoughts fall into the maelstrom in brain, his subjects sink into the fathomless suffering. Nous deprivation determines the decline of each reform. It’s fate you’re reborn on the earth again and again. Muhammad Bin Tughlug(1324-1351), was an ancient ruler of Delhi. Though he was a learned man, his reforms, including transfer of capital from Delhi to Devagiri, failed due to improper implementation. First published in Hawaii Review (University of Hawaii)

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