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19 May 2018
Abul Fazl presenting Akbarnama to Akbar

RUQAIYA SULTAN BEGUM- PART V.

RUQAIYA SULTAN BEGUM-PART V.

This is a continuation of part IV.

NOTE:This article is mainly based on facts and events taken from historical books of the 15th and 16th century.Modern historian view and bazar gossip is not followed.

AKBARNAMA:

Akbarnama was the official chronicler of Akbar.An event which had political significance was only documented in Akbarnama.Akbar’s harem was closed to the outside world.There is no information about Akbar’s personal life.Ruqaiya’s wedding is not mentioned in Akbarnama.It was a child marriage and conducted within the harem at the time of Hindal’s death.It had no political significance.The handing over of Shahjahan to Ruqaiya was also not mentioned in Akbarnama, for it was just a personal move of Akbar without any political significance.It is only given in Jahangirnama and proved by Shahjahan who built a small tomb for his foster mother, Ruqaiya.The handing over of Akbar’s elder daughter to Hamida Banu is also not mentioned in Akbarnama.It is only Jahangir who says all the personal event that had occurred in Akbar’s harem.

RUQAIYA AKBAR’S LOVE:

The love between Ruqaiya and Akbar was a silent one.Thier love was revealed only by Jahangir,who says Ruqaiya to be the honored chief wife of his father.Shah Jahan handed over to Ruqaiya shows the love Akbar had for her.Akbar wanted his grandson to be always near him.So Ruqaiya was selected who was always near Akbar when he was in the harem.May be Ruqaiya’s room was closest to Akbar.
I would like to write about an incidence in Mughal history which will show the love between Akbar and Ruqaiya.Jahangir always had a habit of mimicking his father Akbar.The religious debate Akbar conducted during his reign was also followed in Jahangir’s reign.The father’s who were both in Jahangir and Akbar’s reign had clearly stated that Jahangir was actually not interested in religious debates,but just to mimic his illustrious father he conducted them.The respect which Jahangir showed for Mariam zamani was similar to the one Akbar showed to his mother Hamida Banu.Same way Jahangir treated his foster mother in the same way as Akbar treated Maham anga,the only difference is Jahangir’s foster mother was not a power hunger person.Jahangir naming his grandson was similar to Akbar promintely giving names to his children and grandchildren.But Jahangir could not mimic his father in all his activities for both of them were opposite personalities.But in easy personal events he, tried to follow his father.
One such incidence is handing over Prince Shuja to his favorite wife Nurjahan.

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 Prince Shuja

Shuja was the grandson of Jahangir.He took Shuja into his harem and handed over the responsibility of his upbringing to Nurjahan.This is similar to Akbar handing over Shahjahan to Ruqaiya.Jahangir could have given Shuja to some other childless begum,but since Akbar gave his grandson to his favorite wife,to follow his father’s footstep Jahangir selected Nurjahan.Shajahan was reared well by Ruqaiya while Shuja was spoilt with all the bad qualities of Jahangir.

Jahaangir-Nurjahan
Jahangir-Nurjahan

The only difference is
“Jahangir was a weak person,Nurjahan a power hunger lady
so their love was prominent in history,
while
‘AKBAR WAS A STRONG PERSONALITY,RUQAYA NOT A POWER HUNGER PERSON,
SO THEIR LOVE WAS SILENT IN HISTORY.”

 

RUQAIYA AFTER 500 YEARS:

In Jodha Akbar love story,Ruqaiya was shown  negatively.She was always a silent icon with not much reference in Historical books.No historical  chronicle of the Mughal era or even modern historians have  documented anything negative about Ruqaiya. There was no documentation in history that she had a bad realationship with Akbar in any part of her life or as a power hunger person.The main reference about her in historical books is Akbar handing over Shajahan to her.It was she who allowed him to go back to his biological mother.She was definitely not a power hunger person.

 

Disclaimer: All the 5 parts on Ruqaiya had been written based on historical incidences.The information in the  article is not pointing to any particular person, site or blog.,site or blog.

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