Beyond Narration of Historical Events: Aurangzeb Resonates in the Present
Mohammad Asim Siddiqui
AURANGZEB: MONARCH AND MAN, A PLAY by Indira Parthasarathy(Translated from the original Tamil by T. Sriraman) Seagull Books, 2004, 68 pp., INR 180
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707) has enough in his life, personality, policies and actions to interest not only historians but also literary artists. His name has been used as a metaphor for ruthlessness; ‘kingship knows no kinship’, as Rishi Kapoor’s character puts it, in the Hindi crime thriller Aurangzeb (2013). In his own lifetime John Dryden (1631-1700) wrote the heroic play Aurangzebe (1675) in which he took quite a bit of poetic licence.

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