Raghuji Bhonsle Founder of the Bhonsle family of Nagpur he was given a
freehand by Peshwa Baji Rao I to consolidate Maratha power in Berar. The
Bhonsles ruled it till 1853 when Berar with its capital at Nagpur was annexed
by Lord Dalhousie on the death of the childless Raghuji III.
Rahmat Ali Chaudhury An Indian Muslim studying at Cambridge, he
coined the term ‘Pakistan’ in 1933. It was a development of Iqbal’s
conception of a union of Indian provinces with a majority of Muslims in their
population. The idea was later taken up by Jinnah who made Pakistan a
Rajasekhara A famous poet and dramatist at the court of the Pratihara
king, Mahindrapala (890–910). He wrote three dramas in Sanskrit and one in
Prakrit (Karpura Manjari).
Ramanand One of the earliest hhakti saints of north India (15th century),
he was born at Allahabad in a Brahmin family. Though he belonged to the
north, he spent a significant part of his life in the south and was influenced by
Ramanuja. He was a worshipper of Rama and preached to all without
distinction of caste and sex. Amongst his disciples, were Kabir, a Muslim
weaver and Padmavati.
Roshanara The younger and second daughter of Shah Jahan (born to
Mumtaz Mahal), she supported Aurangzeb during the war of succession and
helped him by passing on secretly all the important information to him.
Rudrama Devi A daughter of Kakatiya ruler, Ganapati Deva of Warangal,
she succeeded her father and was ruling in the last decade of the 13th century
when Marco Polo visited the east coast.
Rupmati The mistress of Baz Bahadur of Malwa, their love figures
prominently in Indo-Islamic tradition, and two beautiful palaces still exiting
at Mandu are attributed to the lovers.
Salima Begum Daughter of Babur’s daughter and cousin of Akbar, she was
first married to Bairam Khan and after the latter’s fall and death was married
by Akbar Himself.
Sanga, Rana The ruler of Mewar (1509–29) and son of Rayamala, he was
the greatest warrior of India in his time. Expecting Babur to imitate Timur, he
extended an invitation to him,