Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rohilkhand

The name of Rohilkhand came into use most probably from the Daudzai Afghans who settled in the South-East corner of the tract in the 17th century and founded the important town of Shahjahanpur. Darya Khan, Diler Khan and Bahadur Khan , chiefs of this clan , were leading generals in the reign of Shah Jahan. "Roh" meaning mountainous , is the name given by the Afghans to their native country. Adding to this the Hindi end ela , used to denote a person belonging to a particular group or section , We obtain Ruhela , a man from the land of Roh ; thence is derived Rohil-Khand, the division or district inhabited by Ruhelas.
Later Mughal page 117