At the end of the seventeenth century, the great Mughal Empire founded by Akbar wasin a state of hopeless decay. ..
 Despite the subjection and the miserable state of women, there wererare examples of their individuality and wisdom. Ahilya Bai administered Indore withgreat success from 1766 to 1796. Many other Hindu and Muslim ladies played conspicuousroles in 18th century politic..

Apart from the caste system, two great social evils of the 18th century India, were

the custom of Sati and the condition of widows. 
 It was an ancient custom whichwas widely prevalent in various parts of India, especially in Rajputana and Bengal........

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