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Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707), the sixth Mughal emperor, is widely reviled in India today. Hindu hater, murderer, and religious zealot are just a handful of the modern caricatures of this maligned ruler. While many continue to accept the storyline peddled by colonial-era thinkers - that Aurangzeb, a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathing bigot - there is an untold side to him as a man who strove to be a just, worthy Indian king. In this bold and captivating biography, Audrey Truschke enters the public debate with a fresh look at the controversial Mughal emperor.

©2017 Audrey Trushcke (P)2020 Random House Audio

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very superficial, biased

author is basically trying to fit the curve she desires into a set of data points selectively chosen just to project a contrarian viewpoint. afterall it's news only if the man bites the dog and not the other way round. also very superficial.. and she is a professor!! one can only Marvel at the amazing standards of academic rigor in Newark College!!

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A good summary of a very complex legacy

Loved the content. Throws a lot context into the man and his life . The narration perhaps could have been better.

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Know the real Aurangzeb

A bigot?
A cruel dictator, blinded by nothing, but religious blinkered vision?
A greedy king?
Far from it, the most powerful Mughal emperor was an expansionist ruler, who expanded the boundaries of India from the deep south to Afghanistan. Contrary to the Hindutva agenda, he destroyed not thousands, but just a few temples and because in the Middle Ages, religious structures were knitted with political power and he also sponsored many temples and Brahmins. He also declared an onslaught on religious extravaganza is it Holi, Diwali, Eid or Muharram. He continued the Mughal tradition of dispensing justice and patronizing literature, music, and art.
On his death bed, he regretted his action as even by ruling over for five decades, he couldn't serve his subjects well and failed to see the vision of God, something that today's ruler will never do.
Konw the real Aurangzeb by listening to this powerful account of history!

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An Eye Opener

This book certainly clears a lot of myths surrounding Aurangzeb. He was neither a religious bigot nor a pious man. He was like a regular medieval emperor of his time always looking for opportunities to expand his empire.