Selected Waqai of the Deccan (1660-1671 A.D.)
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Selected Waqai of the Deccan (1660-1671 A.D.)




The working of the system is given in the Mirat-i-Ahmedi in the following words :- " In the offices of the Subadar the Diwan the Faujdar -of the environs of the provincial capital the court of justice the Kotwal's Chabutra he (the Waqainavis) stationed his clerks who brought to him every evening a record of what had occurred there during the day. [...] Muhammad Kazim the official historian of Aurangzib makes the following observation about the functioning of the parallel system of the Waqainavis and the Swanihnigar :- " In the administration of public affairs the far-sighted 1. Indian Travels of Thevenot and Caren p. 26. [...] In this respect a Farman is being issued to the Subadar and the Duvan concerned to take necessary action in the matter."3 The Swanihnigar of the army of prince Azam reported to the Emperor that a punjabi Sawar having got drunk in the vicinity of the mausoleum of Khwaja Bandanawaz Gisudaraz behaved improperly at the tomb of the saint. [...] Some of the gold coins mentioned in the Waqai bear the name of the Rajas of Vijayanagar and the Nayaks of south India who after the extinction of the Vijayanagar Empire had assumed the status of independent rulers. [...] In general the principles of Siaq have been observed in the interpretation of the text and in deciphering the symbolic signs found in the text of the Waqai.

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