Assess if the administrative system of Delhi Sultanate period is better than that of today's Indian administrative system.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that a couple of issues probably need to be outlined at the start.  The first would be that it is difficult to directly compare both settings because both are from entirely different time periods.  The governmental agency for administration in the Delhi Sultanate did not have to deal with a fraction of the challenges that the current Indian governmental agencies have to address.  The difference in time periods and in the heterogeneity of society now as opposed to the homogeneity then is also another point that makes direct comparison a challenge.  With this in mind, I would suggest that the modern administrative system of Indian government has already been able to do one thing that the Delhi Sultanate could not fully accomplish in terms of governing over a united, or relatively united, Indian nation.  The Indian state is much more unified today as a group as opposed to at the time during the Delhi Sultanate.  I think that the current administrative system does a better job of reaching out to the citizens of India today than the administration of the Delhi Sultanate did then. At the same time, I think that the element of corruption is much less in the Delhi Sultanate than in the current political administrative system of the Indian state.  I feel that these elements are present in trying to draw contrast between both administrative systems.

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