Who built the Grand Trunk Road?
26 June 2014
posted by Salman Rashid @ 1:38 PM,
- At June 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM, Shairani said...
Very informative. Apart from the 'attack them physically' bit the article is brilliant.
- At June 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM, said...
Informative, as always. Don't think anyone even knows now what a stepped wall or a kos minar is let alone have enough knowledge to point them out.
Thank you Mr Rashid for keeping our history alive.
- At June 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM, Amardeep Singh said...
Clearly Sher Shah Suri was the smartest of all as by a mere act of restoration, he has got his name etched in the history as the architect of the GT Road. Brilliant piece.
- At June 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM, said...
So Sher Shah Suri restored the ancient routes. Doesn't that mean it was long forgotten and in the absence of written history was as good as non existent?
- At June 26, 2014 at 11:51 PM, fazalabbaswarraich said...
A very enlightening read. Thank you for this brilliant piece of history.
- At June 27, 2014 at 12:39 AM, Arslankataya said...
"that there were just no roads or anything else until Mr Suri came along" haha ha
- At June 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM, said...
Sir thanks for giving details and clearing the doubt about the great Trunk road. We have lot Suries now a days giving their name to the already existing structure
- At June 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Anonymous, it was not "as good as non-existent". it was right there, people were travelling by it and using its ramshackle inns and other facilities. this happens even today until a road and its allied furniture is repaired. The road DOES NOT become non-existent as you insist.
- At June 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Shairani sahib, don't be so grim and serious all the time. Don't you even recognise a joke?
- At June 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Thank you, Sadaf. Though there are stepped wells a plenty in Pakistan, we are sadly left with just one kos minar: in Garhi Shahu, Lahore. And even this is heavily encroached upon. I fear it will soon be demolished to make way for illegal housing.
- At June 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Thank you, Fazal Abbas. Very glad that you enjoyed the piece.
- At June 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM, said...
If Sher Shah Suri was restorer of the ancient infrastructure, you, sir, have fared equally well by restoring our botched history. Excellent research!
- At June 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Tariq you are always very kind. thank you so much, good sir.
- At June 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM, Memoona Saqlain Rizvi said...
Do we have any remains of the inns or rabats that housed the travelers on this ancient patha?
- At June 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM, said...
When did the names Grand Trunk Road and Garneli Sarak came to be known? Must be closer to our times.
- At June 30, 2014 at 6:05 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Grand Trunk road is obviously British. Jarnaili Sarak was perhaps a little before the Britis.
- At June 30, 2014 at 6:06 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Memoona, no sarais now remain. though water tanks, wells and mosques can be seen.
- At January 31, 2015 at 6:23 PM, Brahmanyan said...
"Kos" is a measurement known from Vedic age. The word "tri krosham" is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana (VR 3-69-5)
- At December 17, 2015 at 12:39 AM, Ali Gohar said...
So Mr Suri simply repaired and white washed the two thousands years old rajpatha and cleverly claimed the credit, how bad. Ethnocentrism can tinge every one's thought processes, and students of history are no exception, which is all the more scary, because the damage caused is deep and long lasting, and affects a whole lot of readers.
If we leave the current GT road unattended for only five hundred years and then be able to view it by some kind of a time warp, I am sure we will not be able to recognize it. Ravaged by the elements, the forces of nature will reclaim it within a couple of hundred years, the same goes for other infrastructures like buildings and wells. And here we are miserly trying to hold back the credit due to one of the greatest monarchs who had the sagacity to build a decent road upon the vestiges of rajpatha in order to ameliorate the hardships of travellers.
I hope your blog is not a one way affair and this gets published.
- At December 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM, Salman Rashid said...
Ali Gohar, the Rajapatha is known to have been extensively repaired by the Guptas. After that sultanate kings who frequently used it would surely have done their bit to it which goes unrecorded. Sher Shah's work was remembered. Not that he himself tried to steal the show. It was given him by ignorant historians, mostly Brits. In any case, he ruled only five years. Hardly enough time to built a road some 3000 km long, especially when there were other things to look after.
- At July 24, 2016 at 7:08 AM, Mejda said...
Excellent diction but Megasthenes wrote in Greek but was not from Greece or Macedonia. I have written that he is the same as Bagistanes, probably a Babylonian nobleman.
- At July 24, 2016 at 7:11 AM, Dr. Ranajit Pal said...
Palibothra was not Patna but was probably in Pakistan.
- At August 1, 2016 at 2:52 PM, Salman Rashid said...
Mejda, can you please link me to your article on Megasthenes.
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