Sarkar echoed this in redolent prose when in the last section of the second and concluding volume of the History of Bengal Dacca University, a volume that he edited he described the coming of British rule as the beginning Twenty years before he wrote those lines in the History of Bengal, he had observed: The English influence on Indian life and thought, which is still working and still very far from its completion, is comparable only to the ancient Aryan stimulus. The first gift of the English to India is universal peace, or freedom from foreign invasion and internal disorder The indirect examples of the English people have infused a spirit of progress into the Indians. Our best thinkers are no longer content with adoring the wisdom of our Vedic ancestors; they feel an eternal discontent with things as they are.
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Shelves: history This is an excellent book, and while it is an abridged version of his full history of Aurangzeb, it is exhaustive in itself. I am glad that I found this book. I had spent quite some time looking for a history of Aurangzeb, and I am glad that I found this one.
The book traces his career from his youth, to his death, and also analyses the effect of his reign on the fate of the Mughal Dynasty. There is very little rhetoric in the book, and this makes it a very good read. We have, in our schools, This is an excellent book, and while it is an abridged version of his full history of Aurangzeb, it is exhaustive in itself. We have, in our schools, been treated to rather biased views of Aurangzeb, and these have been defined by Hindu sentimentality, which has often been misplaces.
What clearly emerges in the end, is the tragic legacy of a man with prodigious talents, on the field and off. A much misunderstood man, this book serves to set the record straight and make it more balanced than it has been. This book is a classic example. Aurangzeb was a very disciplined and puritan man in his private life, however he was solely responsible for the downfall of the Mughal empire.
His extreme radicalized outlook and destruction of temples caused a downfall of his empire. Oct 28, Srinidhi Kasagar rated it really liked it Great historian India ever produced. After this book i couldnt stop buying Shivaji and his times. As the seventeenth century wore on, the older nobility nourished on the manly traditions of Akbar and Shah Jahan, gifted with greater independence of spirit, and trained with greater resources and responsibility - gradually died out, and their places in camp and "The retrogression of medieval Indian civilisation under Aurangzib is noticeable not only in the fine arts - the decay of which was only the outward manifestation of it - but still more in the low intellectual type of the new generation.
As the seventeenth century wore on, the older nobility nourished on the manly traditions of Akbar and Shah Jahan, gifted with greater independence of spirit, and trained with greater resources and responsibility - gradually died out, and their places in camp and court were taken by smaller men, supplied with poorer resources by the suspicious Aurangzib, afraid to exercise responsibility and initiative, and seeking to advance themselves by sycophancy.
How policies of conflict and religious intolerance can lead to downfall has been effectively brought out in this book. The laments of a dying monarch like Auranzib should serve as a lesson to all those in power.
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Quotes[ edit ] I would not care whether truth is pleasant or unpleasant, and in consonance with or opposed to current views. I would not mind in the least whether truth is, or is not, a blow to the glory of my country. If necessary, I shall bear in patience the ridicule and slander of friends and society for the sake of preaching truth. But still I shall seek truth, understand truth, and accept truth. This should be the firm resolve of a historian. He taught the modern Hindus to rise to the full stature of their growth. He demonstrated that the tree of Hinduism was not dead, and that it could put forth new leaves and branches and once again rise up its head to the skies.
History of Aurangzib based on original sources
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