Around the World in 80 pages Children

Get to know Genghis Khan

Around the world in 80 pages is a newspaper-based treasure hunt that tells you a story and takes you back to meet people, places plus anything else that you would have encountered in the last five issues of the Young World (5 x 16 pages = 80!). The objective of the game is to move from the first stop to the last, solving all the clues that appear on the way.

Did you know that the name of the Mongol leader Genghis Khan actually translates to “Oceanic Ruler” or “Universal Ruler”? The man who built an empire that stretched from the east coast of China to the Aral Sea in the west died on this day in 1227. Hunt through clues and find the answers as you get to know more about Genghis Khan.

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Born as Temujin in the second half of the 12th century, he became his tribe’s chieftain while still in his teens. Forced out by his tribe as they wouldn’t obey a young leader, Temujin soon grew into a feared warrior. Encouraged by his success, he turned to other tribes and clans, planning to unite the Mongols as a whole. While there were some who came to his side themselves, others were defeated and forced to.

2

Temujin was ruthless in his ways and the choices he offered were either obedience or death. The leaders of the clans and tribes he conquered were often executed, leaving no room for rebels. When we talk about ruthlessness during India’s struggle for independence, it is hard to look beyond the ___ (A) massacre. An incident that took place on April 13, 1919, nonviolent protestors were brutally killed under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer.

3

Temujin went on to become the leader of a great Mongol confederation and was granted the title Genghis Khan by 1206. Apart from being feared, Khan was also very organised as a leader. He introduced a code of conduct and also organised his armies on a system of 10. And their nomadic lifestyle suited their style as they were able to breed far more horses than any others.

An Indian woman often pictured with her horse is Lakshmibai, the Rani of ___ (B). Queen of the princely state ___ (B), she was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

4

With strategic moves, including attacking the enemy at their weakest link, Khan controlled much of Central Asia. On August 18, 1227, Genghis Khan died during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia. And even after his death, his orders were carried out as he had laid them out for them.

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In 1636, ___ (C) was appointed Viceroy of the Deccan in India by his father ___ (D). ___ (C) and ___ (D) were the last popular Mughals, an empire set up by Babur. Babur was a conqueror from central Asia and a descendent of Khan through his mother.

Like the Mughals, rulers of many Asian states claimed to be from the line of Genghis Khan. The empire that Khan built up disintegrated in the 14th century. But his name and his ways have gone down in history forever. As you pull yourself out of this campaign, see if you can find (A) to (D). Send your answers to ganesh.a.s@thehindu.co.in with your details [subject: 80 pages].

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