The keeping of exact and detailed records was a major concern of the Mughal administration.
• The mir bakhshi supervised the corps of court writers (waqia nawis) to record all applications and documents presented to the court as well as all imperial orders (farman).
• The entire proceedings of the court were recorded by agents (wakil ) of nobles and regional rulers under the heading “News from the Exalted Court” (Akhbarat-i Darbar-i Mualla) with the date and time of the court session (pahar ).
• The akhbarat was of vital importance as it contained all kinds of information such as attendance at the court, grant of offices and titles, diplomatic missions, presents received, or the enquiries made by the emperor about the health of an officer.
• The efficient imperial post system carried the News reports and important official documents across the length and breadth of the regions.
Thus, all this information was valuable and of great significance for writing the history of the public and private lives of kings and nobles.
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