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The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple
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Dec 23, 11

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Perhaps what is more beautiful than the elegance of one's victory is the elegance of one's defeat. Following this premise, Dalrymple portrays the decline of the Mughal Empire in astounding detail. Zafar's personality is exposed using much evidence in archives still in existence, helping to show readers what tremendous sorrow must overcome the man who was, at least nominally, in charge of the wealthiest region of the world, only to see it slip away. This book is a must-read for all Pakistanis, for we carry an immense burden of history which includes the decline of our predecessor - the Mughal Empire. As Zafar once wrote: "ham jo kehte hein kuch isharon se, yeh khata la-kalaam hoti hai"
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