Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

DARBARI AKHBAR 'ALAMGIR'S REIGN (1666-1707) (Part II)

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

DARBARI AKHBAR 'ALAMGIR'S REIGN (1666-1707) (Part II)

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JULUS 9, 2 Rabí' al-Awwal, Thursday, 23 August 1666

An 'arddäsht (written petition) was received from 'Ibäd Allah Khän, the fawjdär of Baror. In it, was written that " On Saturday at the time of 'asr (afternoon) prayer, Siwä (Shiwäji) passed along that way with five riders. On enquiry they said: "We are people of Siwä." He also showed the permission letter with the seal of Muhi al-Din Khän. After that he said: "We are followers of Siwä."

It was ordered that 'Ibäd Allah Khän committed a mistake. He did not pursue him nor checked the dastak (permit) properly.

JULUS 9, 2 Rabí* al-Awwal, Thursday, 23 August 1666

Another 'aridah (letter) has come to the Bädshäh that "The servants of Adat (Awdat) Singh Bahdoriyah1 had captured some servants of Siwä."

It was ordered that they should be handed over to 1'timäd Khän2 so that they may be presented before the Hudùr (the Bädshäh).

JULUS 9, 4 Rabí* al-Awwal, Saturday, 25 August 1666

On the demand of the Bädshäh for getting information about Mirzä Räjah Jai Singh, Ja'far Khän submitted: "Your Majesty has asked for details about Mirzä Räjah Jai Singh. But he is innocent. Your Majesty also knows about his mental condition."

(Hearing this information) the Bädshäh ordered him to send this farmän to Mirzä Räjah Jai Singh: "STwä has escaped from here on a sign (signal) from Räm Singh. Räm Singh had a hand in his escape. Your watan (homeland fief) is allowed to remain with you. You should be vigilant about STwä. He should be arrested wherever he is (found). Be vigilant about arrangements for STwä."3

JVLÜS 9, 5 RABV AL-AWWAL, SUNDAY, 26 AUGUST 1666

Fauläd Khän (Kotwäl of Agra) was ordered to present the sketches of the guards' posts appointed for guarding STwä. As per order the sketches were presented before the Bädshäh. He was informed (by the Kotwäl) that the inner guards' posts were manned by the persons of Räm Singh while the outer posts were held by his persons.

Hearing this explanation the Bädshäh remained silent.4

JVLÜS 9, 9 RABV AL-AIVWAL, THURSDAY, 30 AUGUST 1666

Muhammad ?Äqil and MTr Rustum, mace-bearers, brought hash al-hukm (to act as per order) to the sühahdär of Mälwa that "STwä had run away from here (Agra) and he must be arrested."

A letter from the Khän (the said sühahdär) was presented to the Bädshäh in which was written that, "As per royal orders that the condemned STwä be arrested wherever seen, I have sent my people but he has not been seen anywhere. My people will be ready to arrest him from his passage" (if he comes this way). The Bädshäh remained silent.

JVLÜS 9, 29 RABV AL-AHWAL, WEDNESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 1666

Sam'.id R.V! became ? Muslim or his own. He was awarded a robe of honour

One JagjTwan applied that he is a servant of the government with . a loan of Rs. 500/-, therefore he wants t<> become a Muslim. It was ordered that the government should pay Rs. 500/- (of his loan) and he be converted to Islam.5

JVLÜS 9, 3 RABV AL-ÄKHIP, , 22SEPTEMBER 1666

Through Sa'ädatmand, Girdhar Läl became a Muslim. He was awarded a full robe of honour.6

JULÜS 9, 7 RABÍ' AL-ÄKHIR, .............. 26 SEPTEMBER 1666

Mirzä Räjah submitted that "Sïwâ has still not reached his country. Netä JT has been arrested. The Bädshäh was pleased. He asked for the details of the ranks of Räm Singh.

JULCS 9, 15 RABÍ' AL-ÄKHIR, THURSDAY, 4 OCTOBER\ 1666

Ghiyäth al-Dïn, the fawjdär of Sürat submitted that Sïwâ has not been seen in that area.

JULCS 9, 18 RABÍ' AL-ÄKHIR, SUNDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1666

Fauläd Khän submitted that the horses, elephants, cash and other things of Sïwâ had been confiscated.

It was ordered that they should be handed over to the bait al-mäl (public treasury).8

JULCS 9, 24 RABÍ' AL-ÄKHIR, SATURDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1666

A letter came for the Bädshäh that "In the Keshav Rä'i temple in Mathura Bai-Shikoh (Därä Shikoh) had built a stone dais there. …

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