Some Facts in Indian History

  • Maryam Zamani also pronounced Mariam Zamani or Mariam-uz-Zamani is not the name but the title given to Jahangir's mother.

  • Jagat Gosaine, daughter of Motaraja Udai Singh of Jodhpur, better known as Jodh Bai, was the wife of Jahangir and mother of Shah Jahan.

  • Akbar had no Navratnas in his court.

  • There were only two battles fought between Prithviraj Chauhan and Muhammad Ghori. And Ghori was not killed by Prithviraj Chauhan.

  • Slave dynasty is a misnomer for the first Muslim dynasty of Delhi.

  • Rajput kings also had numerous wives as well as concubines. One example is Jodhpur princess Rukmawati Bai better known as Jodh Bibi, a wife of Akbar. She was the daughter of Rao Maldev by his concubine Tipu.

  • Love story of Bajirao Peshwa and the Muslim lady Mastani is a fact.

  • Taj Mahal was originally the palace of Raja Man Singh which was then in possession of his grandson Raja Jai Singh. In fact, Raja Man Singh had got that land as a gift from Akbar.

  • Ala-ud-din Khilji had invaded Chittor not for getting possession of its queen Rani Padmini. The Rani Padmini story is a fiction written by Muhammad Jayasi titled Padmavat. It was the Gujarati queen Kamla Devi, that Ala-ud-din fell in love with.

  • Mughals were definitely foreigners. Babur quotes in his Memoirs, "from the time of the blessed Prophet down to the present time, three FOREIGN kings had subdued the country and acquired the sovereignty of Hindustan. One of these was Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. The second was Sultan Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Ghori. I am the third". Unlike the former two, Babur didn't return to his native, instead settled in India. Moreover, he took possession of Delhi by defeating Ibrahim Lodi who was not a Hindu king. After defeating Ibrahim Lodi Babur made India his home and ruled it from here itself. His son Humayun also wasn't born in India. Post that all Mughal rulers were born in the Indian subcontinent - starting from Akbar to Bahadur Shah Zafar. Unlike the British, Babur or his successors didn't take away any wealth from India to somewhere else. Interestingly, during the revolt of 1857 against the British East India Company, the natives chose the last Mughal Bahadur Shah II as their leader.

  • It is clearly mentioned in one of the inscriptions on the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque of Delhi that 'the materials of 27 temples were used in the construction of this mosque'.

  • Though the battle of Haldighati was between Akbar and Maharana Pratap, it was Raja Man Singh who fought from Akbar's side and defeated Pratap. There were many Musalmans in Pratap's army too. Pratap's son accepted Mughal suzerainty and Mewar became a Mughal feudatory in the reign of Jahangir. Another Rajput ruler whom Akbar could not capture was Vir Singh Bundela of Orchha, the murderer of Abul Fazl.

  • Akbar had preferred his grandson Khusrau (Jahangir's son) over his son Jahangir to succeed him.

  • Tipu Sultan of Mysore was the most powerful enemy of the British in India.