IS AKBAR REALLY THAT GREAT? I WONDER!
Akbar is a personage well-known for his religious tolerance. His father Humayun was never free from some problem or the other and so did not devote himself wholly to the cause of Islam. However, his son Akbar amply compensated for the lapse for as soon as he was enthroned as the next emperor he lost no time in becoming a ghazi. After the II Battle of Panipat, he stabbed the half-dead Himu. This ritual was eagerly repeated by many ‘b...rave warriors’ of Islam under the leadership of Bairam Khan, hacking at the dead body. Encyclopedia Britannica describes the general massacre in 1568, under the orders of Akbar, of Rajput soldiers after the fall of Chithor. Akbar’s personal historian, Abul Fazl wrote in his work Akbar-Nãma:
“There were 8,000 fighting Rajputs collected in the fortress, but there were more than 40,000 peasants who took part in watching and serving. From early dawn till midday the bodies of those ill-starred men were consumed by the majesty of the great warrior. Nearly 30,000 men were killed… When Sultan Alauddin (Khalji) took the fort after six months and seven days, the peasantry was not put to death as they had not engaged in fighting. But on this occasion they had shown great zeal and activity. Their excuses after the emergence of victory were of no avail, and orders were given for a general massacre.”
Akbar thus bettered the record of Alauddin Khalji. Even watching a war and serving the soldiers were re-interpreted as acts of war and that was why even non-combatants were massacred. After this act of faith, Akbar hurried to Ajmer to offer profuse thanks to Allah as well as the Prophet, and Muinuddin Chishti his patron saint. He also issued a Fathnãma in which many apposite verses from the Quran were recited to prove that he had faithfully followed in the footsteps of the Prophet.