What was the
cost of deposing Shah Jahan?
There is a cost
you have to pay for every action.
Deposing Shah Jahan brought great
challenges to Aurangzeb. With the
refusal of the Chief Qazi to accept
his succession to the every
anticipating and demanding nobles
Aurangzeb had a lot of challenges to
face as long as Shah Jahan was a
live both internally and externally.
had no choice but to replace the
Chief Justice an act which if
not done with proper care would
again open a flood of troubles.
for him he found Qazi Abdul
Wahab gujarati to support him
and made him the chief justice.
- Now that
he had deposed Shah Jahan and
killed all of his brothers he
had to prove to the nobles that
he is a much better alternative
than his father.
- He set out
an ambitious military expansion
plan for the empire which was
not to succeed eventually and
brought needless strains and
drains on the revenue of the
- As a
result nearly 30 years of his
life was spent in the
battlefield leading up to his
death in 1707.
But relatively Aurangzeb’s reign was
one of isolation in the Muslim
- In his
quest for foreign recognition he
sent out ambassadors to Persia
and the Shareefs of Mecca and
the Ottoman Empire and Central
Interestingly the Persians
offered him their recognition
without much opposition.
Shareefs of Mecca after initial
hesitation gave in due to their
selfish motives of harnessing
money from the wealth of the
Mughals who sent extensive
annual donations to the holy
the Ottoman Sultans were the
most furious with Aurangzeb’s
actions and in an unprecedented
rebuke did not offer him
recognition until the 30th
year of his reign.
this had to do with Shah Jahan’s
grand alliances and friendships
he had with the Ottoman Sultans
against the Safavids.