Babur, the founder of the Moghal dynasty in India, was born in Russia, a
descendant on the mother's side of Genghis Khan. The Moghals
came to dominate Indian politics from Babur's reign and left a
legacy of magnificent architecture and a profound impact on
culture, society and politics of south Asia.
Babur was used to the delights of Persian gardens and the
cool afghan hills and was unimpressed with India.
He wrote in his autobiography: -
Hindustan is a country that has few pleasure to recommend
it. The people are not handsome. They have no idea of the charms
of friendly society, of frankly mixing together or of familiar
intercourse. They have no genius, no comprehension of mind, no
politeness of manner, no kindness to fellow feeling, no
ingenuity, or mechanical invention in planning or executing
their handicraft works, no skill or knowledge of design of
fruits, no ice or cold water, no good food or bread in their
bazaars, no baths or colleges, no candles, no torches, not a
Babur brought radical changes and within two generations had
become fully at home in their Indian environment.