Thursday, 18 August, 2022
TopicAurangzeb

Topic: Aurangzeb

There is a whole ‘Aurangzeb Industry’ taking shape. Let’s discuss it on four counts

Simple questions are always ignored to reproduce two conflicting images of Aurangzeb.

‘No problem before’ — Aurangzeb tomb caretaker says tension stoked by Owaisi visit ‘rare blip’

The Ahmeds have taken care of the tomb of Aurangzeb — who ordered execution of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s son Sambhaji & is thus a polarising figure in Maharashtra — for six generations.

Aibak, Akbar, Aurangzeb—the Gyanvapi divide & why a controversial mosque has a Sanskrit name

Though the temple and mosque abut each other, their entry and exits differ. Their history is as complex as the ‘sacred landscape’ that is Varanasi.

Mughal history’s biggest puzzle solved by municipal engineer — where is Dara Shukoh buried?

Assistant engineer of South Delhi municipality took four years to find the answer. Even experts couldn’t confirm for decades.

Bollywood is fascinated with Mughals — from Akbar to Saleem to Bahadur Shah Zafar

In ‘Bollygeek’, Diptakirti Chaudhuri puts together an extensive range of trivia on India’s film industry.

Why Shiv Sena won’t back down from renaming Aurangabad despite risk to alliance govt

In 1988, Bal Thackeray said Aurangabad would be called Sambhajinagar after Chhatrapati Shivaji’s son. Now, his son and Maharashtra CM Uddhav is pushing for it again.

Bengal banker Jagat Seth who gave loans to East India Company, financial tips to Aurangzeb

Seth Manikchand, the Bengal banker whose house was anointed Jagat Seth, ruled financial markets for nearly fifty years through business acumen & political support.

Little-known fact: Aurangzeb had more Rajput administrators than Akbar

In 'Understanding Mughal India', Meena Bhargava writes about how Aurangzeb patronised several Hindu institutions & was supported in the war of succession by Rajputs.

The Indian political leaders of today who come closest to Akbar, Ghiyasuddin, Aurangzeb

Akbar was unconventional, Ghiyasuddin believed in the divine right of kingship and Aurangzeb was a darling of the orthodox.

Zafarnama, the ‘victory letter’ that Guru Gobind Singh wrote to Aurangzeb

After the Battle of Chamkaur in 1704, the Khalsa founder penned 111 verses in Persian that praised God, criticised the Mughal emperor and detailed the battle.

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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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