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ICSE Class 7 Answered

Give a brief account of Jahangir as a ruler.
Asked by Topperlearning User | 29 Apr, 2015, 06:28: AM
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Jahangir was a successful ruler. He inherited one of the richest and best organised kingdoms in the mediaeval world. He continued with most of the policies and administrative measures which were initiated by Akbar.

He has been criticised by many scholars because of too much inclination towards his wife, Nur Jahan. In the later years of his reign, Nur Jahan became extremely powerful and followed a policy of favouritism by appointing her family relatives to high posts. She was involved in a power struggle with Shah Jahan.

Jahangir was however a benevolent ruler. He had installed a chain of justice with bells. Anyone could ask for justice at any time by pulling the chain.

However, Jahangir did not introduce any major reforms. The system of giving and receiving gifts became deeply rooted under the influence of Nur Jahan. Corruption began to deteriorate the administrative setup of the empire.

Though a devout Muslim, Jahangir did not allow too much religious interference of the ulemas in political affairs. On a whole, his reign was peaceful with no major changes made to the reforms and policies introduced by Akbar.

Answered by | 29 Apr, 2015, 08:28: AM
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