(RAHNUMA) At a time when Islamophobic extremists are hell bent on orchestrating what could technically be defined as cultural genocide against Indian Muslims and symbols of the presence of Islam in India, it is fascinating to remember six of India’s Mughal Emperors were born to Hindu women including Shah Jahan.
Emperor Shah Jahan’s mother Manavati Bai was born on 13 May 1573 to Mota Raja Udai Singh of Jodhpur (Marwar) and Rani Manrang Devi.
Manavati Bai’s royal family were called Suryavanshi’s and they traced direct decendancy to Lord Rama and through him to Lord Surya.
Her only issue from emperor Jehangir was Prince Khurram (Shah Jahan).
Manavati Bai was the third wife of Prince Salim and his Chief Consort from 1605 till 1615. She was the tenth daughter of Raja Udai Singh of the House of Rathore.
During Shah Jahan’s reign, she became known as Malika E Hindustan, or Empress of Hindustan.
Emperor Shah Jahan claimed direct decendancy to Lord Rama and ultimately Lord Surya through his mother.
A question which arises is, when we can recognize children and grandchildren of Indian’s as citizens of India, would it not be fair to say the builder of the Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan was in fact as Indian as it got, through his royal mother?
As author Shravan Raghavan said, “If the Taj Mahal is not Indian, then neither are Hindi and Hinduism, as they are descendants of Sanskrit and the Vedic religion, which were introduced by Indo-European steppe pastoralists from Eurasia…By this measure, the only true indigenous populations to India are likely the Andamanese and Sentinelese populations.”