Account of the Storming of Nardín.

The Sultán, in order to fulfil his previous vow, commanded a brisk march unto another conquest, which might be the margin of the ornamented title page of other victories and settlements, the record of which might adorn the page of time, the weight of whose glory might be a heavy load (of merit), and might be a cause of confirming the ad­vancement and approximation of His Highness to glory, and of exalting his greatness. He therefore set off unto the lands of Hind, with the supporters of truth, and chiefs of Islám, who are the stars of religion, and the stoners of devils (Verse)

“In their (the Hindu’s) tumults the sword-edge stopped their fury;
“As to their people indigestion was appended to their wholesome food.
“The lion eats not of the limbs of their herd,
“On account of his gain of broken bones” (of men).

And upon arriving at the provinces of India, they began with open hand to devastate the lands, to punish the infidels, to overturn the idols, and to make an example of high and low; and as to the prince of those doomed ones, and the chief of those insignificant ones, they sent him abject and prostrate to hell, and for his viler followers scattered and dis­persed them like leaves exposed to the wind. Thus he returned to Ghúzna, safe and rich. And when the King of Hind witnessed the marks of the wound of the Sultán’s standard in the nearest and most distant part of his kingdom, and ascertained his weakness in resisting the army of Islám, he sent the chiefs of his kindred and the flower of his guards on an embassy to offer submission to the Sultán, and humbled himself, and bound himself to tribute and fidelity, and appointed sixty yokes of elephants to be sent by him as a service to his beloved fortune, and assigned a payment to be mutually arranged, which should be sent yearly by the nobles (freeholders) of that province, and the people of that district, to his treasury. And that by way of acting as Viceroy, he should keep two thousand men at his Court, and that at all recurring days, and returning months and years, he should express fidelity to these conditions, and that the successors and sons of every one who should occupy royalty, and obtain command in India, should pro­ceed upon this decree, and should obey and follow this law. The Sultán, for the glory of the faith and honour of Islám, was content with these conditions of pacification, and dispatched trustworthy persons to collect these revenues; and this secured tax be­came a fixed source of revenue in the book of the finance court of the Empire. Thus the road for caravans and merchants between the districts of Khurasán and Hind became open.