Friday, 17 March 2017

Random thoughts 17032017

The full name of the person we know as Emperor Aurangzeb was Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad. He assumed the title of Alamgir.

Aurangzeb died at the ripe old age of 88 years in 1707 AD after ruling for 49 years. The Mughal empire started losing its grip over *Hindostan* even during his rule and gradually disintegrated after him. But the Mughal dynasty continued for another 150 years till 1857 AD. There were 14 Mughal emperors after him. But most of them except the last one, Bahadur Shah Jaffar were not famous like their illustrious predecessors , who are known as the Great Mughals. The period after Aurangzeb saw rise of regional powers and also the consolidation of European colonial powers culminating in the British rule over India.

Aurangzeb spent a large part of his life in the Deccan and also breathed his last in Ahmadnagar. He spent most of life in military campaigns to spread the empire and neutralising rebellions. During his rule the Mughal empire had the maximum coverage in terms of area and probably overstretched itself . This was the real reason for the empire disintegrating with the contributory factor of in competencies of his successors.

Though little is discussed about the later Mughal rulers , the history of the period is quite well documented by historians , both Indian and foreigners.

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