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Where are the descendants of Mughals today?

No one knows where they are. Professor Aslam Pervez, an historian of Bahadur Shah II's reign and a founding member of the Mughal Trust, told The Daily Telegraph: "There are so many people who ...
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Why did Bakht Khan switch sides in Indian War of Independence 1857?

For a possible reason, Encyclopædia Britannica says this about Bakht Khan (emphasis mine): Related on his mother’s side to the ruling house of Oudh (Ayodhya), which was deposed by the British in ...
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How voluntary was Sati during the Mughal era?

Sati were supposed to be voluntary. Since it was offensive to the sentiments of the Mughals, its rulers such as Akbar the Great explicitly banned involuntary sati. On a superficial level, therefore, ...
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Why was the Mughal Empire Persian oriented?

First, the relationship was Mughal Empire -> Timur Empire -> Mongol ; I mean that while the Mughal Empire had distant Turco-Mongol origins, its most direct influence was that of the Timurid ...
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How did the Mughals view homosexuality?

Homosexuality or at least homoeroticism was actually quite common in Mughal court life. None other than Barbur, the first Mughal Emperor himself, was known to have had a crush on a boy he saw in ...
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What were Aurangzeb Alamgir's motives for reversing much of the religious tolerance in the Mughal Empire?

Political expediency. A common, populist explanation is that Aurangzeb Alamgir was religiously conservative, as taninamdar has noted. However, this is certainly not the whole picture. Though his ...
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Token status of the Mughal throne

I found something interesting This is Benoît de Boigne. In 1783 he had audience, with the Emperor in Delhi proposing discovery of new trade routes. But the Emperor put off any decision. The day after ...
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Where are the descendants of Mughals today?

Bahadur Shah Zafar breathed his last at 5 a.m. on the morning of Friday, 7 November 1862. He used to live in confinement in Rangoon under the supervision of Captain Nelson Davies with his two wives(...
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Where does Akbar the Great's "Great" come from?

You are confusing his epithet with his regnal name. As already mentioned, the practice of Regnal Names was common in the Mughal and some other oriental dynasties. Definition by Wiki: A regnal ...
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What was Babur's attitude upon watching heads of his enemies stacked up forming a tower?

In the memoirs Babur himself wrote, the Bāburnāma, there's indeed a lot of beheading. Some examples (by no means an exhaustive list): Husain Mirza ordered that all prisoners should be beheaded; ...
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Why didn't Marathas rule Delhi officially?

I think the answer to this question has been already given by Bajirao Peshwa 1. He raided Delhi on 29 march 1737.He also had a chance to capture Delhi but he didn't. In his letter he stated that अमर्या...
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Why didn't Marathas rule Delhi officially?

Could be either of two reasons - 1. out of respect of moughal empire (which is unlikely as they were blamed for melting Silver from Red Fort) 2. fearing repercussion from all muslims who would rise ...
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What's the story behind Allahabad's name?

I can't find any news story that claims that "Mughal Emperor Akbar had imposed Islam on a Hindu holy place". There are multiple news articles that summarize the history of Allahbad's name, including: ...
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Did Naulakha cost more than Burj Khalifa?

The Taj Mahal was also built under the same ruler, Shah Jahan, and at about the same time. The wiki entry for the Taj Mahal gives us an idea of the values involved then, and now: The Taj Mahal ...
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How were the ladies of the Mughal harem titled and styled?

According to the book Royal Mughal Ladies and Their Contributions by Soma Mukherjee, "female officers of the harem were divided into three categories: the high (Mahin banu), the middle (Paristaran-i-...
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Did Aurangzeb issue a farman promising 4 Rs for all males that convert and 2 Rs for females?

This is original pic of document placed at state museum bikaner rajasthan
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Token status of the Mughal throne

In a word - prestige; and thus legitimacy. Its a similar sentiment that revived the Roman Empire after its dissolution, first by Charlemagne in 800 AD and then an aborted attempt by Hitler (The third ...
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Token status of the Mughal throne

I'm currently reading Indian history from 800AD to 1500AD. What I found is whenever someone declared themselves a ruler, other will unite in attacking them and bringing downfall on the said rulers ...
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Why was the Mughal Empire Persian oriented?

Well, adopting Persian was more than just about a language. It gave access to a whole civilizational complex including culture, literature, governmental techniques, etc. See: Persianate Society (...
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What is the flower-like motif appearing right on top of the arches of structures built by Qutb Shahi dynasty?

Those flowers likely represent lotus. This is from the Charminar Wikipedia page - the German edition: Simple translation: "[...] These end in Chhatris with bellied domes, which in turn rest in ...
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Were Tipu Sultan and his father sultans or prime ministers?

This is a very complex time and period. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the same things regarding the Maratha (who, from looking at the evidence, had a Emperor dethroned by a Chief Minister ...
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Were Tipu Sultan and his father sultans or prime ministers?

I think that the Sultan in "Tipu Sultan" is part of his name and not part of his title. With Muslim rulers, with a lavish use of titles as part of their names, it is often hard for nonexperts like me ...
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Why was Tegh Bahadur executed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb?

Ghulam Hussain was very much biased towards his own religion and sect (I forget if he was Shia or Sunni) You can find this reference made by company official who translated his book Siar-al-mukhatarin ...
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