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Q.

During the Delhi Sultanate, who among the following were called the Barids?

 A.

Officer-in-charge of state exchequer

 B.

The spy/news reporters

 C.

Bodyguards of the Sultan

 D.

Craftsmen

 E.

None of these

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Solution:
Option(B) is correct

Barid-i-mumalik was the head of the information and intelligence department.

Only a nobleman who enjoyed the fullest confidence of Sultan was appointed the chief barid.

The Barid-i-Mumalik had to keep information of all that was happening in the Sultanate. At local level there were barids who used to send regular news concerning the matters of the state to the central office working as a spy/news reporters.

Apart from barids, another set of reporters also existed who were known as Munihiyan.


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