THE MAKING OF INDIAN SOCIETY

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What Babar says in his private will to his son, Humayun :”O my son :people of diverse religions inhabit India; and it is a matter of thanksgiving to God that the King of kings has entrusted the government of this country to you. ‘it therefore behoves you that :

”1. You Should not allow religious prejudices to influence your mind, and administer impartial justice, having due regard to the religious susceptibilities and religious customs of all section of the people.

”2. In particular, refrain from the slaughter of cows, which will help you to obtain a hold on the hearts of the people of India. Thus you will bind the people of the land to yourself by ties of gratitude.

”3. You should never destroy the places of worship of any community and always be justice-loving, so that relations between the king and his subjects may remain cordial and there be peace and contentment in the land.

‘’4. The propagation of Islam will be better carried on with sword of love and obligation than with the sword of oppression.

‘’5. Always ignore the mutual dissension of Shi’ahs and Sunnis, otherwise they will lead to the weakness of Islam

“6. Treat the different peculiarities of your subjects as the different seasons of the year, so that the body politic may remain free from disease.’’

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