If Akbar had been successful in spreading “Din-e-Ilahi”, how different would the political and theological scenario of India have been today?

By Sunil Kumar

Probable question; Akbar in the latter stage of his life invited people of different faiths and attempted to build syncretism, tolerance and inclusion in his court and consequently Islam in the subcontinent.

Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak presenting Akbarnama to...

Visit sunil-kumar.co.in Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak presenting Akbarnama to the Grand Mogul Akbar. Mughal miniature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If he had successfully spread, “Din-e-Ilahi” and we had the scholarly open-minded Dara Shikoh as emperor; and no Aurangzeb; there probably would be more tolerance; and no widespread Sikh religion. This is the best case; as Hindus would definitely be around; and tolerance is largely due to the fact that India has a Dharmic Hindu-based ethos.

Worst case; Aurangzeb as such discarded any pretence at tolerance; and so would have finished Din-e-Ilahi off quickly. Either way; interesting thought.

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