The Rise and Fall of Regional Powers In 18Th Century’S India |
The collapse of central authorityled to the declaration of independence by the Subahdars of several provinces. But all these states wereprimarily regional political entities interested in promoting their own growth.They had no political or national outlook. Some of these states like Bengal,Hyderabad and Awadh–became for all practical purposes independent owning anominal allegiance to the Mughal Emperor. The Sikhs and the Jats madesuccessful bids for political power. The Marathas profited more than any otherpeople of India with the fall of the Mughal Empire. They established a mightyempire extending from the Punjab to Mysore.