This is a short update on the proceedings of Episode-340 | September 29 2014 of Jodha Akbar, where we are watching the conspiracy to kill the twins of Jodha and Akbar.
1. Today, a character named Mirza Qasim was introduced in the show. He was the son of Kamran, brother of Humayun. He was a cunning rival of Akbar, just similar to Kamran for Humayun. He was arrested by Tardi Beg, the governor of Delhi in 1555/56 and handed over to Akbar.
These^ facts are from the English tranlation of Akbarnama, Vol.1, Pg-365, Calcutta Edition-1878, ed. by Rahim.
At present, it is not known to me, if he was released later by Akbar. I am finding more on this. Later, after sensing a possible 'conspiracy' , he was "executed quite brutally in private" on orders of Akbar in 1565 in the Fort of Gwalior. Interestingly, none of Akbar's chroniclers shed light on this fact/reasons involved in this "private execution". This makes the event quite interesting. Note that Internet websites mention his date of execution in 1561, which is wrong.
These^ facts are from Smith's Akbar(1917), Page-28.
2. As far as involvement of Sharif-ud-din is concerned in conspiracy, my readings say he will runaway and rebel later. Historically, he survived for a longer time, so his end is not near anytime soon.
3. This point is about the twins' death. I have drawn my sources in this regard from many places. I am still searching more on this to conclude the actual proceedings in minute details.
First, i would like to remind you all about my earlier post on twins of Mariam-Uz-Zamani and Akbar from Akbarnama. Readers should go through the post and EACH comment/discussions below this post on the page, to understand the meaning of the words. Here it is > The Twins of Mariam-Uz-Zamani and Akbar | An Assessment
These were the conclusions -
a. The twins sacrificed their lives for their father.
b. The twins sacrificed their lives for the prestige of their father.
c. The twins sacrificed their lives for the prestige of the Royal Household.
d. The twins death was eclipsed by dramatic events.
e. Their life/death was part of a 'gamble'.
f. The manner in which twins died was not "perfectly" natural.
g. The language of Abu'l Fazl hinted aggression and violent nature, preceding their death.
h. Sacrificing life for prestige of their father means that someone from the immediate family was involved in this, hence the name of the person was not exposed by Abu'l Fazl, who was the "official chronicler" of Akbar.
Above facts were deductions from Akbarnama. Now, according to my information, which has been shared in the last few days - This track would consist of 4 people - A maid, Ruqayya, Akbar and Jodha. The maid would be a pawn of Ruqayya, and will be used in a sort of conspiracy aimed at Jodha. But she will not be successful. Akbar gets miffed with Ruqayya after this incident, and she would cease to be a part of his life for significant amount of time. Details will be confirmed IF verification for the same is obtained because the source who provided this information underwent a research on Akbar a decade back as a part of her thesis. I have requested for the details, and will post it when i receive the same. So, put this information on hold till then.
It is not easy to filter out the information from accounts, as here the matter points to involvement/association of a close family member of the Emperor. Though, 2 things are clear from Abu'l Fazl's writings:
a. The death of twins was eclipsed by some dramatic events, of violent/aggressive nature, attributing their lives to be part of a 'gamble'..
b. There was involvement of someone close to the Emperor. Hence, the end of the lives of the twins was compared to a sacrifice FOR their father('s prestige), as the end of their lives ALSO buried a "black chapter" in Akbar's era..
Views on this track (Do not mix this with the above history part. Now we are talking about the REEL part.)
The introduction of Mirza Qasim is perplexing for many of the viewers. Though, for me also it is a matter of confusion, so as to why he has been introduced by the makers. I have limited knowledge, at the moment, about him. The twins died roughly in early November 1564 . The execution of Mirza Kasim happened next year.
There was involvement of a maid. It seems the wife of Mirza has been roped in to play that part.
This track has mixed bits of history with the required spice of telly shows..!!
I hope this much historical information provides sufficient ammo to the readers, for taking the discussion on this track further.
You all are welcome to share your views, and discuss the track...