Aurangzib, and the Decay of the Mughal Empire

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byStanley Lane-Poole

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... perpetual source of danger to the throne. There were more than a hundred of these native princes, some of whom could bring at least 20,000 horsemen into action; and far from being the ' mild Hindus' of the plains, they were born fighters, the bravest of the brave, urged to fury by a keenly sensitive feeling of honour and pride of birth, and always ready to conquer or die for their chiefs and their privileges. To see the Rajputs rush into battle, maddened with bang and stained with orange turmeric, and throw themselves recklessly upon the enemy in a forlorn hope, was a spectacle never to be forgotten. Had their Rajas combined their forces, it is probable that no Mughal army could have long stood against them. Happily for the empire they were weakened by internal jealousies, of which Aurangzib was not slow to take advantage. They could be played off, one against the other. Moreover, the wise conciliation of Akbar, following upon his triumphs in war, had done much to win the Rajput leaders over to the side of the invaders. There are few more instructive lessons in Indian history than the loyal response which the Hindu Chiefs made to the conciliating policy of Akbar. It was a Hindu, Todar Mai, who reduced Bengal to the imperial sceptre, and then organized the financial administration of the empire. Hindu generals and Brahman poets led Akbar s armies, and governed some of his greatest provinces. Hindu clerks formed the chief official class in all departments where education was essential, and Rajput clans furnished the thews and sinews of his armies. Every Mughal Emperor, even the orthodox Aurangzib, had earned on Akbar's policy of marrying Rajput princesses, and seeking them as wives for his sons. It was a distinct loss of caste to the queens, and...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... perpetual source of danger to the throne. There were more than a hundred of these native princes, some of whom could b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217685161

ISBN - 13:9780217685160

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