nBook on last Mughal emperor released
"Historians, without checking facts, have always painted Aurangzeb as a cruel king who was responsible for religious persecution in the country," said Dr Khizer Mirza, a historian himself.
"We were always taught that Aurangzeb was a cruel king. Many historians have presented half truths about him and portrayed him as an oppressive ruler, creating a divide between Hindus and Muslims," he said at a function organised at Marathwada Sahitya Parishad's Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, where 'Akhercha Samrat' (The last emperor), a book written by Pradeep Mhaiskar and based on the life of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, was released by former Member of Parliament Uttamsingh Pawar. Dr Mirza said that Aurangzeb strived to win hearts of the ryots (his subjects) and had waived more than 72 kinds of taxes, including agriculture, to reduce the burden on citizens, which led to their prosperity.
Subjects under his rule were happy, but historians continued to ignore that part, he said. According to the book, Aurangzeb never differentiated between religions.
While there are many books in Hindi that painted Aurangzeb in positive light, Pradeep Mhaiskar is perhaps the first to write a book in Marathi.
Renowned critic Dr Saheb Khandare said that the history raises questions and a historical novel should do the same. Novelists should not get carried away by myths, he said. The function was presided over by Marathwada Sahitya Parishad president Kautikrao Thale-Patil. Other dignitaries at the function included renowned critic professor Dr Hrishikesh Kambale, S V Pathan, and Vishvambhar Kulkarni of Chinmay Prakashan. Former member of Parliament Uttamsingh Pawar, principal Kautikrao Thale-Patil, S V Pathan, Pradeep Mhaiskar, Dr Khizer Mirza at a function where 'Akhercha Samrat' (The last emperor), a historical novel based on Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, was released in Aurangabad on Saturday.