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Do you agree that Aurangzeb was responsible for the decline of the Mughal empire? Give reasons to support your answer.

Asked by Topperlearning User 29th April 2015, 7:05 AM
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Yes, I agree that Aurangzeb was responsible for the decline of the Mughal empire. He was intolerant of other religions. By reversing the liberal policies of Akbar, he dealt a serious blow to the foundation of the Mughal empire. Because of this attitude, he lost the support of the Rajputs and Sikhs who became bitter enemies of the Mughal.

One of the main reasons for the decline of the Mughal empire was his Deccan campaigns. He stayed in Deccan in the last 25 years of his rule. In his absence, the Mughal court was divided into many fractions. There was lawlessness and corruption. Many nobles became rebellious. The Deccan campaigns also drained the royal treasury.

Aurangzeb did not trust any of his nobles or sons. Over eighty years of age, he ruled till his last day. Weak successors of Aurangzeb were not able to hold the once mighty Mughal empire together.

Answered by Expert 29th April 2015, 9:05 AM
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