Asoka. The title means the ‘Beloved      of the Gods who looks after the welfare
was defeated by Bakhtiyar Khalji). He wrote Pavanadutam which describes
an adventures of his patron.
Dignaga A celebrated Buddhist monk and teacher, he probably lived in the
reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya.
Digby, John Collector of Rangpur under whom Ram Mohan Roy worked
as a sheristadar (clerk) md learnt English between 1809 and 1814.
Dilras Bano Begum The eldest and dearest wife of Aurangzeb who built a
tomb for her after her death at Aurangabad, which is considered as a replica
of the Taj Mahal.
Duff, Alexander A Scottish Presbyterian missionary, he did much to
promote western education and social reform in Bengal between 1830 and
1863. With Rammohun Roy’s help, he started an English school in Calcutta
(1830) which later on became the famous Duff College. He also played an
important role in persuading the government to establish universities in India.
Dundas, Henry The first president of the Board of Control (set up by the
Pitt’s India Act of 1784), he made the Board a powerful body in the affairs of
India.
Durand, Sir Henry Mortimer An ICS officer of distinction, he was the
foreign secretary to the government of India between 1884 and 1894 and was
the Chairman of a commission which drew up the famous ‘Durand Line’ to
mark the boundary between India and Afghanistan.
Durlabh Rai One of the generals of Siraj-ud-daula, he joined Mir Jafar and
other conspirators in betraying his master to the British in the battle of
Plassey.
Durlabhavardhana Founder of the Karkota dynasty (seventh to ninth
century) of Kashmir to which belonged the famous Lalitaditya and Jayapada
Vinayaditya. The dynasty was supplanted by the Tupala dynasty in the ninth
century.
Dutt, Romesh Chandra One of the earliest Indians to get into the ICS, he
played a prominent role in the Indianisation of the Civil Services and in
promoting the cause of nationalism and social reform in India. After retiring
from service, he actively participated in the Indian national movement and