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Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan’s son Shah Shuja murdered in Burma’s Arakan (in English and Burmese)

January 7, 2011

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The Cambridge History of India : Shah Shuja in Arakan

Shah Shuja the second son of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan. In 1639, Shah Shuja the second son of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan, was designated deputy of the king of Bengal. The struggle for succession between the sons began immediately. Aurangzeb won, dethroned his father in 1658 and declared himself emperor. Shah Shuja continued his fight but was finally defeated in 1660. Since he did not succeed in establishing his rule in Bengal, he fled, together with his family and bodyguards, from Dacca to Chittagong.

Sandathudama, king of Arakan Burma(1652-1687) granted him permission to continue to Mrohaung on condition that his followers surrender their weapons. He arrived there on August 26, 1660, was welcomed by the king and given a dwelling near the town. There are various versions of the events describing what happened in Arakan at that time.


Magh people are Arakanese or Rakhine in Bengal

October 28, 2010
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Magh people From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Magh is the term used in Bengal for the Arakanese or Rakhine people of Arakan. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the kingdom of Arakan expended its territories to the Chittagong area of Bengal. Arakanese navy of the kingdom of Arakan had plundered along the coast of Chattagong; as well as in the rivers of Bengal; and captured many Bengalis and sold them in the slave markets that were run by the Dutch East India Company, VOC in Batavia. For those notorious activities in the past, the Arakanese were called as Magh pirates by the people of Bengal.