One of my father’s friends used to joke, the way history is being written and rewritten according to the convenience of the establishment, one day the world would know Indira Gandhi as Mahatma Gandhi’s daughter. I used to laugh at him. Not anymore , anything is possible in India. Rajput Sabha head, Narendra Singh Rajawat says- Jodhabai was the daughter of Motaraja Udai Singh of Marwar and was married to Akbar’s son Salim alias Jehangir. Mughal king Shahjahan was her son. The Rajput community is protesting against Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical epic ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ because Ashutosh Gowariker is presenting Jodhabai as Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Akbar’s wife, which is factually incorrect according to some of them. Rajawat said such distortion of historical facts had hurt the feelings of the Rajput community.
Gowariker says- “I have referred to books like A History of Jaipur by Jadunath Sarkar, Kachhvahon Ka Itihaas by Jagdish Gehlot and other works by KL Khurana and Hari Shankar Sharma. All call Akbar’s wife with various names like Harkha, Man Mati, Shai Bai etc.I agree there is a confusion regarding the name,I consulted the Royal family of Jaipur that gave me the nod to use the name Jodha.
However some historians have a contradictory view-
Historian Satish Chandra, author of NCERT History books says- “Historical documents, including Akbarnama and Jehangir’s memoirs, say it was not Akbar but Jehangir who got married to the House of Jodhpur. So the princess was later called Jodhabai,” says historian Satish Chandra, author of NCERT History books.
Historian Mohammad Amin- “Akbar forged alliances with Rajput families and he married the daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amber, who was later titled Maryam Rahmani or the Mother of Rulers of the Universe. But there is no evidence to say that she was called Jodhabai.”
SZH Jafri, head of the department, History, DU blames the epic film Mughal-E-Azam-”A whole generation grew up believing what Mughal-E-Azam showed as accurate account of Mughal history. But accurate history said something else.”
The royal families have stood in defence of the movie saying that they had been involved in the making of the movie. The Jaipur Royal family has come forward in support of Gowarikar. The heirs of Kishengarh dynasty have also come forward to support the director. Former Royal Brajraj Singh said that they had already made changes in the script where required and there was no point of opposition now. ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ was and is accepted and appreciated by Indians including the Rajputs for more than 4 decades why protest now? Why was this not highlighted during the shooting of the film?
The Karni Sena would watch the movie when released, and if required it would not allow its screening in the state according to the president of Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Kalvi. Do we actually need a censor board? The fate of ‘Parzania’ is decided by hardliners in Gujarat, ‘Da Vinci Code’ release is dictated by a few christians, saffron brigade has problems with some films, the hardliners in muslims have issues with some other films. Religion and caste is not the only issue deciding the fate of the film a Haryana-based animal rights activists group called People For Animals (PFA) has filed a police complaint and a public suit against the entire crew of Jodha Akbar at Jaipur. PFA says that the movie used over 80 elephants, 100 horses and 55 camels for the shooting, without the proper care or any medical facilities for them. How many Indians are surviving without medical facilities in India nobody even bothers to know.