In the first episode, India Booked talks to Manimugdha Sharma, News Editor and author of Allahu Akbar: Understanding the Great Mughal in Today’s India. Listen to discover about mughals, akbars, nationalism and how bollywood gets Akbar wrong.
Manimugdha Sharma is a quizzer, a journalist, and holds an interest and education in history. In Allahu Akbar, he combines his love and knowledge of the past, to give us an interesting oral account of what Akbar represents in today’s times. We discuss Akbar’s ruthless achievements in warfare, his political savviness and how media agenda setting and the (mis)representation of matters has not changed through times. We also touch upon the subject of secularism and discuss if Akbar was the statesman he’s made to be and ask the pertinent question: should the present be judged by the yardstick of the past? Listen in to find out!