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Jaichand and Mir Jafar – Were they Traitors

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Don’t blame Jaichand. That story is totally false. A hoax started by Abul Fazl
to show Islamic rulers in good light. Jaichand fought the invaders in Battle of
Chandawar in 1194. The real traitors who invited invaders from outside were
Shah Waliullah and Tipu Sultan and their letters are available on record.

Jaichand and Mir Jafar are historical figures who are often referred to as
traitors in Indian history. However, the truth about their actions and
motivations is more complicated than a simple label of “traitor” might
suggest.

Jaichand was a king of Kannauj in the 12th century. He is often remembered
for his role in the Battle of Chandawar, where he is said to have betrayed the
Indian king Prithviraj Chauhan by allying with the invading Muslim army led
by Mohammad Ghori. The reasons for Jaichand’s actions are not entirely
clear, and there are different accounts of what happened.

Some historians suggest that Jaichand was motivated by a desire for revenge
against Prithviraj, while others believe that he was promised greater power
and territory by Ghori in exchange for his support. Regardless of his
motivations, Jaichand’s actions did contribute to Prithviraj’s defeat and the
subsequent Muslim conquest of northern India.

Mir Jafar, on the other hand, was a commander in the army of the Nawab of
Bengal during the 18th century. He is often portrayed as a traitor because he
sided with the British East India Company in the Battle of Plassey in 1757,
which led to the defeat of the Nawab’s forces and the beginning of British
colonial rule in India.

However, Mir Jafar’s motivations for siding with the British are more
complex than a simple desire for personal gain. He was unhappy with the
Nawab’s rule and saw the British as a potential ally in his struggle for power.
Additionally, the British had promised to restore him to the position of Nawab
if he helped them win the battle.

In both cases, it’s important to remember that history is complex, and the
actions of historical figures are often influenced by a variety of factors,
including personal ambition, power struggles, and shifting alliances.

While Jaichand and Mir Jafar are often remembered as traitors, it’s worth
examining their actions and motivations more closely to gain a deeper
understanding of the historical events in which they played a role.

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