05 August, 2021

Exploding The Myths

An unorthodox reconstruction of life during the Mughal empire

Exploding The Myths
THE writing of a popular book on the Great Mughals is a political necessity in times when attempts are being made to distort the history of 300 years of Indo-Persian rule. The book goes a long way in correcting the misconstrued popular image of the Mughal era as being tyrannical and unabashedly Islamic. As he says: "I have attempted to present life in its fullness, not cataloguing events. I have also dealt with the everyday life of the people and the rulers."

The most fascinating aspect of the book is the extensive use of the English translations of a variety of Mughal chronicles. These, used in conjunction with a wide range of travel literature, bring alive the human and benevolent face of the Mughals. The book marks the return of the narrative in historical writing. Eraly weaves together accounts of the people and politics of the empire and explodes myths about controversial emperors like Babar and Aurangzeb.

Thus we discover that Babar—the warrior king and founder hero of the Empire—was an emotional loner homesick for his hometown in Afghanistan....

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