When India was a ‘land of diamonds’, Russian tsars eagerly tried to build ties with Aurangzeb – The Print

(This article originally appeared in The Print on May 26, 2022)

  • On a January morning in 1698, a ship carrying goods from Bandar Abbas in Safavid Persia arrived at the bustling port of Surat. Among the passengers were Indians, Persians and a small group of men who became the first Russians to reach the shores of western India since Afanasy Nikitin arrived in Chaul in the 15th century…

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