Princess Jodhabai, regularly alluded to as one of Emperor Akbar’s spouses and the mother of his child Jahangir, whose life was depicted onscreen by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Bollywood film Jodha-Akbar, could have been an invented character, required by advantageous verifiable stories amid the Mughal period, another book has asserted.
Goa-based writer Luis de Assis Correia in his book ‘Portuguese India and Mughal Relations 1510-1735’ has guaranteed that Jodhabai was in reality a Portuguese lady, Dona Maria Mascarenhas, who while going in a Portuguese task force along the Arabian ocean, could have been caught alongside her sister Juliana and in this way offered to a youthful Emperor Akbar as a blessing by Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in the mid-1500s.
“At the point when Dona Maria Mascarenhas touched base at Akbar’s Court, he began to look all starry eyed at her. He was 18 years of age and he was at that point wedded. She was 17 and he stated, ‘This young woman is for me’ and her sister Juliana, them two were stopped in Akbar’s collection of mistresses,” Correia said on the sidelines of the book discharge work in Panaji.
“The Portuguese and the Catholics were hesitant to acknowledge that one of their own was living in a Moghul court, in a group of concubines. Then again, the Moghuls couldn’t acknowledge that a firangi, a Christian, who battled the Moghuls ideal from the Crusades, was the Emperor’s better half. This is the reason the myth of Jodhabai was made by British and Moghul recorders of that period,” Correia stated, including that compositions of Akbar, and in addition Jahangir don’t recognize the presence of Jodhabai.
The 173-page book, distributed by Broadway Publishing House, recommends that Maria Mascarenhas could have been the mother of Jahangir and was frequently alluded to as Maryum-ul-Zamani and on occasion, as Jodhabai or Harkabai in well known legend.
Maryum-ul-Zamani, Correia says, has not been said anyplace in Moghul records as Jahangir’s mom.
“It is in fact a secret why Mughal writers: (Abd al-Qadir) Badauni and Abu’l Fazal don’t specify Jahangir’s mom by her name. Had Jahangir been destined to a girl of an awesome Rajput kingdom, without a doubt he would need to brag the reality considering that the Mughals were anxious to fashion a vital organization together with the Rajputs,” Correia contends in his book.
The 81-year-old author, additionally cites history specialist and Aligarh Muslim University educator Shireen Moosvi as saying “there is no say of Jodhabai in Akbarnama or in any Mughal archive of the period. Akbar married a princess of the Kachhava family, the little girl of Bha Mal, yet her name was not Jodhabai”.
Correia likewise says that Emperor Jahangir’s patronisation of Christianity and Jesuit evangelists were more leads which recommended that his heredity stemmed not from a Rajput ruler, but rather a Portuguese lady.
“It is undoubtedly a riddle why the exceptionally sincere diary of Jahangir does not specify his mom by name. Is it accurate to say that she was not a Muslim or Hindu of respectable name? Is it true that she was not a Muslim or Hindu of respectable birth or status? Is it, accordingly, that Jahangir overlooked her name as Maryum-ul-Zaani or was it since her mom was a firangi woman… ” the essayist says.
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