Revisiting Aurangzeb

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Portrait of Aurangzeb from an exhibition titled “The Saga of Shahjahanabad”. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiling the controversial book “Ankaha Lucknow” written by BJP MP Lalji Tandon (left) on May 26. In the book, Tandon claims that the famous Teelewali Masjid of the Sunni sect was built over Laxman Teela, by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

A careful reading of history shows that Aurangzeb was not a bigot, although he used religion to further his political ends, and that the interests of the Mughals and the Rajputs were, in fact, identical.
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