The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India

01 February 2020

Supriya Gandhi

In this biography of Dara Shukoh—the oldest son of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan—the historian Supriya Gandhi uses archival sources to revisit his legacy as well as the war of succession that ended with Aurangzeb executing his brothers. Gandhi reflects on many versions, some apocryphal, of this clash and explains why it is viewed as a pivotal point in South Asian history.

Harvard University Press, Rs 699, 338 pages