Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker who is known to be very vocal about her opinions recently received flak on social media after saying, 'Mughals made India rich'. The Saturday showdown started with the 'Veere Di Wedding' actress sharing an old article on Twitter which argued that the Mughals, who came in as barbaric invaders, made India rich. The op-ed piece was reportedly penned by historian Rana Salvi who stated even though the Mughals came to India as conquers, they remained as Indians. The article further highlighted how Mughals were accepted by Indians, stating Bahadur Shah Zafar was coroneted by the Indian soldiers in 1857.
Here's the post:
The post instigated a massive debate on Twitter with people putting forward their opinion against the hypothesis. Swara was trolled widely on the micro-blogging site for her take on the issue.
Here's how netizens responded to the post:
Meanwhile, historian Hindol Sengupta also contradicted the article and called it ‘completely nonsense’. He wrote: “This is of course nonsense, and you would be particularly lacking in reading to believe anything as simplistic as this. In fact, most people in Mughal India were utterly, cripplingly poor even though of course a lot of wealth was concentrated in the hands of the monarchy and the nobility. One of the resounding and recurring facts of Mughal India were the devastating famines.”
Swara replied to him saying, "I think what you describe is true of monarchy in general! I suggest you read the article first.."
Swara Bhasker is one of the most audible voices in Bollywood when it comes to social issues. The actress who happens to have a strong political stance was seen campaigned for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections this year. She had also backed Congress candidate Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar in Mumbai.
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