Sher Shah Suri is one of the most famous rulers of India. It is this Afghan ruler who has no royal strings attached to some great royal family. But, in spite of not being born with a silver spoon in mouth, he was a real soldier and a great ruler.
The life story of Sher Shah Suri is quite interesting. This chivalrous ruler made his fortune rather than getting it from his forefathers. He was the sole leader who succeeded in giving the Mughals a run for their fortune.
The life of Sher Shah Suri:
Sher Shah Suri was the grandson of Ibrahim and the son of Hasan. Ibrahim was then employed an Afghan in the Sur tribe. Sher Shah Suri was known as Farid. He was a very good student and had mastered several languages. As a child he did not get along well with his step mother and then his father. Farid did not really have a great family life. After his father’s death, he took over his father’s wealth. He joined Bahar Khan of Bihar and served him as a deputy and tutor to his son. But his destiny failed again and the compassionate ruler was instigated against Sher Shah Suri.
After this, Sher Shah Suri joined the Mughal dynasties regiment. His service pleased Babur and Sasaram in Bihar was rewarded to him. But, he left Mughal service to go back to his pupil Jalal Khan. He joined as the deputy governor and started acquiring several places all over India. Even his pupil was alarmed regarding his own succession, because of this ever growing strength of Sher Shah Suri.
A Feared Warrior:
Sher Shah Suri was the only Afghan who was feared by the Mughals as well. Humayun had lost several battles with Sher Shah Suri. This failure of the Mughals had actually led to a temporary weakness in the troupe of the Mughals as well. The image created by Babur as a ruler of a rock solid kingdom, was tarnished. Sher Shah Suri was also a reason of concern for the Rajputs who also suffered defeats and disgrace in hands of this great warrior.
About Sher Shah Suri:
Sher Shah Suri was a great ruler. He knew the art of making a kill. Sher Shah Suri knew how to do things single-handedly. Capturing a kingdom or killing a tiger, this great warrior did it himself. He was well educated and had mastered the languages. Apart from being a chivalrous warrior, he was a great conqueror. When Afghan rulers were being cornered by the Mughals, this Afghan blood rose to power to give them a good chase. He had a great administrative sense. He was better than most of the royal Afghan rulers. He was witty and cunning at the same time. It was his idea to send fake letters to Rajput ruler of Marwar, giving him support as other Rajput rulers, so that he would be unprepared for a battle with Sher Shah Suri. History has also witnessed the cruel side of this man. He had captured the Rajput rulers and had assured them of their pride and freedom, if they came out of their fort. But unlike what he had promised, the Afghan army fell mercilessly on the Rajput people, taking their pride and their lives too.
This great ruler died of a sudden gun powder explosion in the year 1545. He was a well organized and far sighted ruler, who knew how to govern. He is indeed said to be the greatest ruler who enthroned Delhi.