Decline of Mughal Empire in India

Decline of Mughal Empire in India

The Great Mughals' amount, that began in 1526 with all Babur's accession to the throne, ended in 1707. Aurangzeb's passing marked the close of the era. When Aurangzeb died, the empire of the Mughals has been the biggest in India. Yet, within approximately fifty years of his death, the Mughal Empire disintegrated.

The departure of Aurangzeb was followed by a war of succession among his three sons. It ended at the victory of their brother, Prince Muazzam. The sixty-five-year-old prince ascended the throne under the name of Bahadur Shah. 

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Bahadur Shah

Bahadur Shah followed a policy of Sabotage and conciliation and tried to conciliate that the Rajputs, the Marathas, the Bundelas, both the Jats and the Sikhs. He had to handle revolt from the Sikhs. He died in 1712.

Wars of Succession, that was a Regular feature on the list of Mughals, are becoming more intense after the departure of Bahadur Shah. This was particularly therefore since the nobles had become amazingly powerful. Different factions of nobles supported rival claimants to the throne in order to occupy top posts.


Jahandar Shah who succeeded Bahadur Shah was feeble and incompetent. He was controlled by nobles and may can rule limited to a single year.


Farrukhsiyar ascended the throne with the assistance of these Sayyid brothers that were popularly known as the 'kingmakers'. He had been commanded by the Sayyid brothers that were the real authority behind Mughal ability. After he strove to free himself out of his hands, he had been murdered by them.

Mohammad Shah

The Sayyids assisted Mohammad Shah, taking advantage of the feeble rule of Mohammad Shah and the constant competition among the many factions of the nobility, a few powerful and challenging nobles established virtually independent states. Hyderabad, Bengal, Awadh and Rohilkhand provided but minimal devotion to the Mughal Emperor. The Mughal Empire practically broke up.

Mohammad Shah's long reign of virtually 30 years now (1719-1748 A.D.) was the last chance of saving the empire. When his reign began, Mughal prestige one of the people was still an important political force. A powerful ruler could have saved the dynasty. However, Mohammad Shah wasn't equal to this endeavour. He failed the affairs of this nation and never gave full support to able wazirs.

Nadir Shah

The Status of India using its Incompetent rulers, weak government and poor military potency attracted foreign invaders. Nadir Shah, the ruler of Persia, attacked Punjab in 1739. Mohammad Shah was easily defeated and imprisoned. Nadir Shah flew towards Delhi. Nadir Shah has been a ferocious invader

He also Massacred tens of thousands of people in Delhi. Delhi appeared abandoned for days. Mohammad Shah, nevertheless, was reinstated to the throne. Nadir Shah carried with him that the Kohinoor diamond and the Peacock throne of Shah Jahan. From plundering a big city such as Delhi, he got enormous wealth.

Nadir Shah's invasion gave a devastating Blow into the tottering Mughal Empire and quickened the approach of its own disintegration. Mohammad Shah's realm has been nearly confined to Delhi and its neighbourhood. He died in 1748.

Mohammad Shah was succeeded by a Number of unsuccessful rulers Ahmad Shah (1748-1754), Alamgir II (1754-1759), Shah Alam II (1759-1806), Akbar II (1806-1837) and Bahadur Shah II (1837-1857). During the principle of Alamgir II, the East India Company battled the Battle of Plassey in 1757 and conquered Siraj-ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal. They consequently got a foothold in Bengal.

 Shah Alam II

Ahmad Shah Abdali the independent ruler of Afghanistan, invaded India in his regime. He conquered Punjab and flew towards Delhi. By this moment, the Marathas had expanded their sway up to Delhi. Thus, a war between the Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali was inevitable.

In the Third Battle of Panipat that the Marathas were completely defeated. They lost tens of thousands of soldiers together with their own excellent generals. These were forced to escape to the Deccan. Ahmad Shah Abdali's invasion further weakened the Mughal Empire.

Shah Alam II awarded the Dewani of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa into East India This allowed the enterprise to collect revenue from these types of areas. It also showed that Mughal power was recognised with the Indian rulers. Mughal Rule formally came to an end when Bahadur Shah was deposed and insulting to Rangoon by the East India Company (1757).


Political Cause

  1.  In fact, the means of communication and the country's political and economic arrangement made it hard to establish a centralized administration over all areas of the country.
  2. Aurangzeb's objective of consolidating the whole country was, though justifiable in theory, perhaps not easy.
  3.  Aurangzeb's futile but arduous campaign against the Marathas extended over a long time; it emptied the capital of his Empire and also ruined the trade and industry of the Deccan.
  4. Aurangzeb's lack from the north to get over 25 decades and also his failure to subdue the Marathas led to the deterioration in administration; this jeopardized the prestige of the Empire and its army.
  5. At the 18th century, authority was weakened by Maratha's expansion in the north farther.
  6. Alliance with all the Rajput rajas with the consequent military support was one of the main pillars of Mughal strength in the past, but Aurangzeb's conflict with some of the Rajput nations also had serious consequences.
  7. Aurangzeb himself had in the start adhered for the Rajput alliance with increasing Jaswant Singh of both Kamer and Jai Singh of Amber to the highest of ranks. But his short-sighted effort later to decrease the strength of their Rajput rajas and expand the imperial influence over their lands caused the lack of their devotion from the Mughal throne.
  8. The potency of Aurangzeb's management was challenged at its very nerve centre around Delhi from Satnam, the Jat, and the Sikh uprisings. All of them were to a considerable extent the effect of the oppression of their Mughal sales officials.
  9. They showed that the peasantry was deeply disappointed with inexplicable oppression from Zamindars, nobles, and the state.

Religious Cause

  1. Aurangzeb's religious orthodoxy and his policy towards the Hindu rulers severely ruined the stability of the Mughal Empire.
  2. The Mughal nation from the days of Akbar, Jahangir, and Shahjahan was basically a secular state. Its stability was essentially based upon the policy of non-interference with the religious beliefs and traditions of these public, fostering of friendly relations between Hindus and Muslims.
  3. Aurangzeb made an attempt to undo the imperial policy by imposing the jizyah (tax imposed by non-Muslim people), ruining a lot of the Hindu temples at the north, and putting certain restrictions on the Hindus.
  4. Even the jizyah was abolished inside a few years of Aurangzeb's death. Amicable relations with chiefs and other Hindu nobles and the Rajput were restored.
  5. Both the Hindu and the Muslim nobles, both zamindars, along with chiefs ruthlessly oppressed and manipulated the typical people aside from the religion.

Wars of succession

  1. Aurangzeb left the Empire with many issues unsolved, the problem was further worsened by the ruinous wars of succession, which followed his own passing.
  2. At the lack of any fixed rule of succession, the Mughal dynasty was plagued after the passing of a tribe with a civil war between the princes.
  3. The wars of succession became exceptionally fierce and destructive throughout the 18th century also led in great loss of life and property. Countless trained soldiers and hundreds of military commanders and highly efficient and tried officials were killed. What's more, these civil wars loosened the administrative fabric of the Empire.
  4. Aurangzeb was neither feeble nor degenerate. He possessed great talent and capacity. He was liberated from vices prevalent among kings and dwelt a very simple and rustic life.
  5. Aurangzeb sabotaged the terrific kingdom of his forefathers maybe not because he lacked personality or skill but because he lacked political, social, and financial penetration. It was not his character but his coverages that were out of joint.
  6. The weakness of the king might have already been successfully overcome and insured up with an alert, efficient, and true nobility. But the nature of this nobility had deteriorated. Lots of nobles lived outside their own means and beyond. Many of them became ease-loving and fond of excess luxury.
  7. A number of the emperors neglected even the craft of fighting.
  8. Formerly, many competent persons out of the lower classes had been able to grow into the ranks of nobility, thus infusing fresh blood into it. Later, the current groups of nobles began to monopolies all the offices, barring the best way to fresh comers.
  9. Maybe not all of the nobles, but bad become weak and wasteful. Even a high quantity of competent and lively officials and brave and colourful military commanders came into prominence during the 18th century, but the majority of them failed to benefit the Empire simply since they used their talents to promote their own interests and to fight each other rather than to serve the society and nation.
  10. The significant weakness of this Mughal nobility throughout the 18th century lay, not at the decline in the average ability of their nobles or their moral decay, in their selfishness and lack of devotion to the country and also this, in turn, gave birth to corruption administration and mutual bickering.
  11. As a way to improve emperors' power, prestige, and income, the nobles formed groups and factions against each other and even from the king. They required recourse to fraud, force, and even treachery.
  12. The reciprocal quarrels drained the Empire, affected its cohesion, caused by its dismemberment, and, in the end, made it easy prey to foreign conquerors.
  13. A basic source of the downfall of the Mughal Empire proved that it could no longer meet the minimal demands of its population.
  14. Nobles made heavy demands on the peasants and cruelly oppressed them, often in breach of regulations that are official.
  15. Many destroyed peasants formed roving bands of robbers and adventurers, usually under the direction of their zamindars, and hence threatened law and order and the efficacy of the Mughal government.
  16. Throughout the 18th century, the Mughal army lacked field and fighting sin. Lack of fund made it tough to maintain a high quantity of army. Its officials and soldiers weren't taken care of most months, also, since they were mere mercenaries, they were always disaffected and often verged to a mutiny.
  17. The civil wars resulted in the departure of many magnificent commanders and brave and expert solders. Ergo, the army, the best sanction of an empire, and also the pride of the Great Mughals, was so weakened that it would no longer suppress the rough chiefs and nobles or shield the Empire from foreign aggression.

Foreign Invasion

  1. A string of foreign invasions affected the Mughal Empire very badly. Founded by Nadir Shah and Ahmad Shah Abdali, that were the effects of the weakness of this Empire, drained the Empire of its abundance, ruined its own trade and industry in the North, also almost destroyed its military strength.
  2. The emergence of the British struggle Removed the last hope of the resurrection of this crisis-ridden Empire.
Decline of Mughal Empire in India
Decline of Mughal Empire in IndiaThe Great Mughals' amount, that began in 1526 with all Babur's accession to the throne, ended in 1707. Aurangzeb's passing...
  Aug 7th 2019