Did Ruqaiya Begum really spoil Salim (later Jehangir) by giving him opium to eat? Know the facts and also the history

In Jodha Akbar serial, Ruqaiya Begum has been shown giving opium, a nasha to Salim. While reel Ruqaiya wants to spoil Salim so that Salim, the son of Jodha and Akbar becomes her puppet, one doubts whether the real Ruqaiya would ever do such a thing to the future Mughal Emperor, even if she hated Jodha tremendously.

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Here are some of the reasons why Ruqaiya Begum Could Have Never Attempted Such A Thing and why it is not appropriate to Degrade Ruqaiya’s Character Further Only To Keep The Show On…. 

Ruqaiya was a Blue Blood Mughal Empress 

Being the Granddaughter of Babur and a Timurid Princess, she obviously might have craved a son who could become the next Mughal Emperor after her husband Akbar. However, since she couldn’t give birth to a heir, and Akbar was only blessed by a son after many years – it will only be a stupid thing to imagine she spoiling the Future ‘Mughal Emperor’ which she and her husband waited for so long. Being a blue blood princess and also a childless Begum-E-Khaas even in her wildest dream she wouldn’t imagine getting a crown prince addicted to drugs as it may hamper the security of the entire Mughal Khandaan in the future.

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Ruqaiya and Salim Shared a Good Relationship 

Since, Salim was Akbar’s first son who survived after lot of hardships, he was loved and adored by all. Not just his biological mother but also by Akbar’s chief wives including Ruqiya Begum and Salima Begum. Salim was everybody’s favorite and that is why no matter what he demanded, he always got. Perhaps this universal love in the Palace made Salim haughty and adamant – He knew the entire ladies of the harem would support him, no matter how things turn out.

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Ruqaiya Is Praised By Salim in Jahangir Nama 

Had Ruqaiya Begum spoilt Salim by giving all sorts of drugs, he would know the fact, sooner or later and would never appreciate Ruqaiya Begum in his autobiography. Contrary to what is shown, Jahangir Nama praises Ruqaiya. Also, if Ruqaiya was involved in spoiling Salim, Akbar would never hand over little Khurram (later Shah Jahan) to Ruqaiya Begum when he was just 6 days old. Neither would have Salim appreciated her love and care towards his son. 

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She favored Salim, out of love, even when he opposed his own Father 

Salim from a very young age was declared as Crown Prince. This made him impatient to sit on the throne. And so he revolted against his own father in order to become the next King. If Ruqaiya had ulterior motives, she would never convince Akbar along with Salima Begum and Maryam Makhani to forgive Salim. It was only love that bonded Salim along with the wives of Akbar, nothing else

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Salim’s Addiction Is Because of His Own Bad Habits – How Can One Blame his Mother? 

Salim’s addiction to Opium and Alcohol was out of his own will. To blame Ruqaiya or even his own mother or father is not only insulting them, but also their love and care. Salim is himself responsible for all his negative habits. 

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It should be noted that though the serial might portray Ruqaiya in a negative light, it is only a fictional aspect of the serial. She feeding Salim with opium in his milk and laddoos can only be fictional!

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