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Sher Shah Suri

1486 - 1545

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Sher Shah Suri (1472, or 1486 – 22 May 1545), born Farīd Khān, was the founder of the Sur Empire in India, with its capital in Sasaram in modern-day Bihar. He standardized the silver coin to the weight of 178 grams and named the currency as rupee based on the ancient Sanskrit term for silver. Sher Shah took control of the Mughal Empire in 1540 CE. After his accidental death in 1545 CE, his son Islam Shah became his successor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sher Shah Suri has received more than 2,987,630 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Sher Shah Suri is the 2,374th most popular politician (up from 2,405th in 2019), the 83rd most popular biography from India (down from 74th in 2019) and the 26th most popular Indian Politician.

Sher shah suri was a ruler of the sultanate of delhi. He was most famous for conquering the sultanate of bijapur and the sultanate of gujarat.

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Among politicians, Sher Shah Suri ranks 2,374 out of 15,577Before him are Michael IX Palaiologos, Edward Rydz-Śmigły, Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Cevdet Sunay, Romano Prodi, and Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Zebedee, Michael IV the Paphlagonian, Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Niels, King of Denmark, Phalaris, and Jarosław Kaczyński.

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Among people born in 1486, Sher Shah Suri ranks 6Before him are Arthur, Prince of Wales, Andrea del Sarto, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Jacopo Sansovino, and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After him are Charles III, Duke of Savoy, Francysk Skaryna, Gerolamo Emiliani, Ahuitzotl, Johann Eck, and Martin Agricola. Among people deceased in 1545, Sher Shah Suri ranks 5Before him are Hans Holbein the Younger, Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal, Hans Baldung, and Injong of Joseon. After him are Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, Elizabeth of Austria, Albert of Brandenburg, Francis I, Duke of Lorraine, Peter Faber, Charles II de Valois, Duke of Orléans, and Louis X, Duke of Bavaria.

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Among people born in India, Sher Shah Suri ranks 83 out of 1,493Before him are Mumtaz Mahal (1593), Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775), Lata Mangeshkar (1929), Ajatashatru (-500), Ramana Maharshi (1879), and Sri Aurobindo (1872). After him are Vātsyāyana (300), Cliff Richard (1940), Tukaram (1608), Sarojini Naidu (1879), Nathuram Godse (1910), and Gerald Durrell (1925).


Among politicians born in India, Sher Shah Suri ranks 26Before him are Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Samudragupta (335), Rajendra Prasad (1884), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775), and Ajatashatru (-500). After him are Chandragupta II (400), Vishvamitra (-2000), Maharana Pratap (1540), Razia Sultana (1205), Bindusara (-320), and Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924).