In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered. By: William Dalrymple Media of The Last Mughal This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who. Buy The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, by William Dalrymple (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery.

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This is history at its very best–vivid, immersive and compulsively readable. To ask other readers questions about The Last Mughalplease sign up. Four months later, the British took Delhi, the capital, with catastrophic results.

There is an entire genre in Urdu I had no idea that the rebellion had such tremendous effect on Delhi. But I will strive against it with all my might. When Zafar gave his blessing to a rebellion among the Company’s own Indian troops, it transformed an army mutiny into the largest uprising the British Empire ever had to face.

Feb 26, Prashant R rated it it was amazing. Personally speaking, and I believe it goes for most people – none of us believe history to be as black and white as it was taught in the school books. Some might see this as a hedging of bets, but it was, in truth, the reflex of a lifelong ditherer; and that is not the stuff of which rebel leaders are made.

This and its prequel, White Mughalswhich I’m now reading, sketch a world of connections and links and love between the two sides–Englishmen who convert to Islam to marry high-caste women, some who learn Urdu and become well-known poets, and a lot of Brits who leave enormous amounts of land and cash to their Indian wives in their wills.

The author describes how A magnificent work of Indian history! So the greased cartridges that offended the highly caste-sensitive upper caste Hindu’s and the Muslim sipahis was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.


And this does not include the physical, cultural damage that they did to the city in robbing people like me of our architectural heritage. William Dalrymple has spent much of the past twenty years in India and so is eminently qualified to write this book.

Zafar the ditherer

It was his fate that he embroiled in a war that he neither desired nor invited! One young officer wrote to his mother about the willim on Delhi: Instead, “this steady crescendo of insensitivity” on the part of people like Jennings and their governing superiors was directly responsible for the mutiny: This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat If Dalrymple wrote more of our textbooks, I’ve sure young people would stop seeing history as a staid and boring subject, and be able to relate, engage darymple learn from it.

He explains well how the rebellion began, the causes and how Britain almost lost before really gaining India. Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. He has rarely rated more than a paragraph or two, sometimes only one sentence, and as often as not has been referred to merely as the King of Delhi – which is rather like describing the Pope as the Bishop of Rome in order to diminish him.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders ,ast. For an old man, you feel bad for him – but you can see that the world had already moved far ahead, and that no matter which side he backed, he and his family were bound to lose.

All the while, the British were progressively taking over the Emperor’s power. The book also makes a point to showcase the relationship between religious communities before the event, and as the author reinforces many a time, Zafar deserves quite some credit in understanding the fabric that held his city together and maintaining the harmony there. Then, inZafar’s flourishing capital became the centre of an uprising that reduced his beloved Delhi to a battered, empty ruin.

The coincidence was clearly the Working of Fate, so I surrendered to the tides of time and plunged into the waters of the River Jumna to relive the last days of Zafar: That’s the one that begins “I am well pleased: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. What makes the reading a pleasure is the simple and sometime humorous tone Dalrymple has taken to desc. His treason trial by the British was totally illegal because the East India company was at the the emperor’s behest and not the other way around.


The Last Mughal – William Dalrymple

It is also in many ways a remarkably humane and egalitarian history. A tour de force indeed! The Kindle edition is a disgraceful mess of faulty computer scanning. William is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. But if we were told that the uprising was a war for independence, then we tend to believe that yes, it was. Sometimes, I used to drive all the way up from Oxford just for an ice cream and then drive back again. This led to a profound loss of faith and disillusionment among the Indian Muslims.

It was all in all, a very odd sort of religious war. William Darlymple here chronicles this story of Delhi and the Mughal court before, during and in the aftermath of the sipahi rebellion. The madrassas, were considered to provide well rounded education, not just math and science, but also the humanities, eastern philosophy and the arts The great Madrasas and masjids were destroyed.

However I don’t think that it would be the case for a person who is not aware of these details and this takes away significantly from a complete experience. For the first time the story of the Sepoy Rebellion is told from both sides.

War spares no one nor the weak or the strong but the difference is stronger ones come out as winners and their suffering stops but its the waeker in this case the muslims of subcontinent whose suffering started from the end of the mughal empire. Shivam Chaturvedi Tarun wrote: