Akbar the Great is one of the most iconic rulers in Indian history. His reign lasted for almost 50 years from 1556 to 1605, a rare achievement as a ruler. He is renowned for his military conquests, administrative acumen, and visionary leadership. Besides, he was also known for his revolutionising educational contribution in his era, even after being illiterate. However, have you ever wondered what would have happened if Akbar had gone to study abroad?
In this blog, we will explore this fascinating hypothetical scenario and try to imagine the impact it would have had on Akbar and Indian history.
Contribution of Akbar the Great to the Education Sector
Among the many known facts about this Mughal ruler, here are some major contributions made by Akbar between 1556 and 1605 in the literary history of India:
- Agra: Agra was central to learning and a celebrated centre of educational institutions in the reign of Akbar. Students from all over the country gathered here to pursue their education.
- Fatehpur Sikri: He established various schools and colleges in Fatehpur Sikri. The well-known intellectuals and scholars meeting place, Ibadat Kbhana was also placed in the city. Akbar’s open-mindedness allowed Christians, Jews, Ulemas, and Pandits to share their ideologies and theological doctrines.
- Fun Fact: Akbar has a soft corner for literature and held a library with more than 30,000 books at Fatehpur Sikri. So what if he could not read and write? He made people narrate books for him.
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Adventures of Akbar the Great while Studying Abroad
To begin with, let us imagine that Akbar had decided to pursue higher education in a foreign land. Given his thirst for knowledge and his fascination with different cultures, it is not difficult to imagine him seeking out new experiences and perspectives beyond the confines of his own kingdom.
Akbar Chooses Europe as His Study Abroad Destination
Akbar, being a curious and adventurous person, decides to go abroad to study in a foreign land. He packs his bags, bids farewell to his kingdom, and sets off on his journey. After months of travelling, he finally arrives at his destination, a prestigious university in Europe.
At first, Akbar finds it difficult to adjust to the new environment. The language, culture, and food are all very different from what he’s used to. Given his powers to rule everything to his liking within his home country. In Europe, he would need to abide by rules set by a different ruler. But being a quick learner, he soon adapts to the new surroundings and starts to enjoy himself.
Will Akbar Rule as a Leader or Get Scared by Headmaster’s Ruler?
Akbar will undoubtedly be the talk of the university. His exotic appearance and regal manner set him apart from the other students. He is also extremely bright and succeeds in his studies. His lecturers are blown away by his knowledge and intelligence. They frequently invite him to give talks and offer his thoughts on numerous themes. But we don’t know if he’ll deliver the speech himself or have someone else stand behind the podium for him.
Akbar also makes many new friends at the university. He is fascinated by their different backgrounds and cultures. He learns about their customs, traditions, and beliefs. He shares his own experiences and knowledge with them, and they are all amazed by his wisdom and insight.
No One Knows How to Make Friends Better Than Akbar
Imagine one day, Akbar is invited to a party by his new friends. He’s never been to a party like this before. The music is loud, the drinks are flowing, and everyone is having a great time. Akbar is enjoying himself too, but he notices that some of his friends are getting a little too drunk and rowdy.
Being the responsible leader that he is, Akbar steps in and tries to calm them down. He starts to talk to them about the importance of discipline and self-control. He tells them about his own experiences as an emperor and how he’s had to make tough decisions for the good of his people. His friends are inspired by his words and start to sober up.
Akbar’s Takeaways from His Overseas Education
Akbar realizes that he’s learned a lot from his time abroad. He’s gained a new perspective on the world and has made many new friends. He’s also become more confident in his abilities and has learned to adapt to new situations.
And so, Akbar returns to India, a changed man. He’s more open-minded, more tolerant, and more empathetic than ever before. He uses his newfound wisdom and insight to make his kingdom a better place for all his subjects. And he lives happily ever after.
If Akbar had gone abroad to study, he would have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that he could have used to benefit his kingdom. He would have also made many new friends and learned about different cultures and ways of life. It’s always good to step out of our comfort zones and explore new horizons. Who knows what we might discover?
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