Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | English Non-fiction
That he was a medieval king
a medieval king who, with a progressive bent of mind, dared to look ahead to find that common ground for all his people to stand together. That he was a medieval king who is today tempting us to look back into the past to see our future through his eyes.
Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government came to power in 2014 with Narendra Modi as the prime minister, an organised campaign began to vilify Emperor Akbar and the Mughals. While there were always voices that tried to project the Mughals as just another 'Islamic empire', ignoring the civilisational impact they had on India, even for them Akbar was a shining light in an otherwise era of darkness. Those talking in terms of easy binaries always found a 'good Muslim' in Akbar and a 'bad Muslim' in Aurangzeb.
Manimugdha S. Sharma is a Delhi-based journalist with The Times of India and has an MA in History. An avid quizzer and a quizmaster, Manimugdha is known to push people for answers-be it on stage as a quizmaster or as a journalist pushing the government and people in power. He takes a keen interest in politics, military history, the Mughal and British empires, and the two World Wars.