- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India (10 February 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670089818
- ISBN-13: 978-0670089819
- Package Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 222 customer reviews
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Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth Hardcover – 10 Feb 2017
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This book is refreshingly good as it deals with the most controversial and misunderstood Mughal emperor without any bias. Must read! --By Gopalan on 14 May 2017
Great book to know about facts of that period and brought into light many events that colonial rulers had hidden to implement divide and rule policy. Many negative ratings are really biased and I think they not read the book which is very much secular --By BAIG MOHIDDIN on 14 May 2017
Author had did great job in finding hidden content. Really enjoyed every page of this book. Definitely it won't disappoint. --By Amazon Customer on 14 May 2017
About the Author
Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. She received her PhD in 2012 from Columbia University. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural, imperial and intellectual history of early modern and modern India (c. 1500–present). Her first book, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court (Penguin, 2016) investigates the literary, social and political roles of Sanskrit as it thrived in the Persian-speaking, Islamic Mughal courts from 1560 to 1650.
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Tipu Sultan is a famous victim. Rarely do you read anything good about him from the British Historians….since the poor man sought the support of the French to defeat the British….possibly history’s greatest victim of a biased and prejudiced presentation is Aurangzeb. Till today, I haven’t read anything favorable about him…..and the long list of selective facts dished out to us to color our perceptions and sharpen our prejudices.. Pandit Nehru and his ‘Glimpses of World History’ where the sixth Mughal emperor was chronicled in a very biased manner paved the way for our perceptions…..and all our school history books are a reflection of Nehru’s world view…and we all grew up believing that Aurangzeb was evil incarnate.
He jailed his father and killed some of his brothers who were competing for the throne, he killed the much revered Guru Tej Bahadur Singh, he imposed the Jijiya tax, razed multiple temples. Well, this was how the World was in those days, of conquering kings who eliminated all competition to the throne, persecuted the conquered populace, converted them to their religion and decimated all symbols of the conquered’s faith, imposed arbitrary taxes…the list is endless….possibly most of the Mughal Kings were guilty of all of the above, to some degree.
Audrey Truschke, a young Ph.D scholar who teaches South Asian history at Rutgers gives her own spin digging out historical facts which balance the biased world view of Aurangzeb. Book is replete with instances which may force us to rethink our view on Aurangzeb……of a man who ensured the translation of the Hindu epics to Persian so that it gets a wider audience, of a king who had a lot of trusted Hindu advisers and many more facts which show him as a balanced king and possibly one of the better Mughal rulers.
It is not my intention to present a new version of Aurangzeb as a good and great king….my only hope is that people read multiple points of view, research as many data points as possible before arriving at conclusions. At the end of it, if you conclude that Aurangzeb was after all one of the worse kings – so be it.
In my view…if Aurangzeb could be held most guilty of…it is over ambition and hubris.….Was on a conquering spree without setting up the infrastructure for governing the conquered territories well which sowed the seeds for the disintegration of the Moghul empire…….the birth of the Asaf Jahi dynasty in the Deccan owes its origins to the stretched Moghul empire…..and the ambitious generals who were trusted to manage but not reined in well.
My only complaint on this well written book is that it is too short. Sub 200 pages in big font….actually would fit into 100 pages. A more detailed and comprehensive book would have helped the author with more heft to present a contrarian point of view, which she endeavors to.
One may not agree with all that is in the book but it provides an interesting and different point of view…..now I must read a more detailed book on this misunderstood and much maligned king…any recommendations ?
Some more details on certain incidents is what I was looking for, going by reviews.
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