Baradus were recruited to act as palace guards, who soon obtained full
control over the Sultan’s palace. Khusrau killed Mubarak and captured the
throne for himself, assuming the title of Nasir-ud-din in July, 1320.
Khusrau (July–September, 1320)
A section of the leading Turkish nobles supported Khusrau enthusiastically.
Only Ghazi Malik, the governor of Dipalpur, and his son, Fakhr-ud-din
Jauna, were strongly opposed to him. When Khusrau sent an army to fight
Ghazi Malik. the latter turned the tables on the former. Khusrau was
beheaded, and Ghazi Malik ascended the throne under the title of Ghiyas-ud-
din Tughluq.
MUHAMMAD TUGHLAQ’S INNOVATIONS
Ghiyas-ud-din (1320–25)
Jauna Khan, who was given the title of Ulugh Khan, was sent to Deccan in
1321 to reassert Delhi’s authority over the rebellious Prataparudra Deva of
Warangal. But the campaign failed in its mission and the heir apparent
returned to Devagiri. In 1323 the prince marched out again against Warangal
and succeeded in annexing it. Bengal, which was tom by civil war between
the various contenders for the throne, attracted the attention of the Sultan,
who marched against it and brought it under Delhi’s control. When the Sultan
returned to Delhi, his son Ulugh Khan hastily built a temporary wooden
pavilion near Tughluqabad for his welcome. After lunch the Sultan ordered
that the elephants he had captured be paraded there. The wooden pavilion,
however, was not strong enough and collapsed. Both the Sultan and his
younger son were crushed to death. The story is described in detail by Isami
and Ibn Battutah. Both accuse Ulugh Khan of parricide but some later writers
consider Ulugh Khan to have been innocent.
Muhammad (1325–51)
Controversy about His Personality            Ulugh Khan succeeded his father