Here Charitable Individualism is the key!… nothing less.

I know of none, including myself, who could imagine Aurangzeb in the arms of his mother Mumtaz.

Everyman is  predominantly a product of his Times. We as commoners imagine that all children have, at sometime or the other, been carried about in the arms of their mothers, but when it comes to being the most favoured spouse of the Emperor of India ( that comprised of major parts of present day India+ parts of Afghanistan + Bangladesh+ Pakistan+ Burma), with a retinue of attendants, servants, menials etc etc., at her call always, it is quite possible that the child would be carried by the nurses and brought to the MFQ (Most Favoured Queen) at feeding time alone.  So that she could be allowed the luxury of keeping the Badshah seduced and dependant on her.

Mumtaz had apparently an enviable life, but to maintain that is not so easy. She, according to Historians, was careful not to breed regal sons through other harem women, so that they would not come to war with her own children. What she was ensuring was merely that, may the best of my Sons make it as the Emperor. And by hindsight, we have to conclude that Aurangzeb was the best.

Even Shah Jahan, made it to the throne of the Mughal Empire with the help of Mumtaz’ father, who sanitized the way to the throne by eliminating the potential Challengers, while Shah Jahan was still on his way from Deccan. One of the potential challengers was Shah Jahan’s own brother, who was favoured by Nur Jahan.

I am not at all surprised that Aurangzeb was Mumtaz’s son, and a true blue one at that, that he kept up the promise that his maternal Grand father had exhibited. I see more of the Maternal side of RUTHLESSNESS in his behaviour, than the genial temperament of his forebears like   Babur,  Akbar and Jehangir.

But my innate sense of the ROMANTIC IMAGE built about Mumtaz, the Taj and Shah Jahan revolt within me to make way for REALISM. The images are so over powering that i cannot visualize Aurangzeb having been in the arms of Mumtaz Mahal.


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