JALALUDDIN KHALJI – AD 1290–1296


Jalaluddin Khalji laid the foundation of the Khalji dynasty.

He ascended the throne at the age of 70 years.

He was the first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate to clearly put forward the view that the state should be based on the willing support of the governed, and that since the large majority of the people in India were Hindus, the state in India could not be a truly Islamic state.

Jalaluddin tried to win the goodwill of the nobility by a policy of tolerance.

He avoided harsh punishments, even to those who revolted against him.

He not only forgave them but at times even rewarded them to win their support.

Jalaluddin’s policy was reversed by Alauddin Khalji who awarded drastic punishments to all those who dared to oppose him.