Sunday, November 6, 2016

Babur killed an infant son of Sultan Ibrahim Lodi

By Khan Barmazid

'Afsana-i-Shahan' [1] records Babur's Timurid instinct of shedding innocent blood , he killed Sultan Ibrahim Lodi's seven year old son.

'When Babur was slain , his son, who was seven years old, was taken prisoner. As he was brought before Babur Badshah, the king asked for an ewer [2]. He gave it into his hand (and said) , Help me in performing ablutions. He was the son of a king (and) had never observed how it was done. He could not help him in performing ablutions. The king flew into a rage , struck the same ewer on his head and the child died on the spot. [Hikayat thirty-eight] 

Babur mentions the prince as his captive [3]. But his curious silence about the prince's name and his fate , lends veracity to Muhammad Kabir's account.[4]

Babur and Humayun

Notes and References

1-  Afsana-i-Shahan, as title indicates, contains stories of kings, chiefly the rulers of Lodi and Sur dynasty with brief reference to Mughal sovereigns upto Akbar and Sultan Muzaffar of Gujarat. It was written by an Afghan Muhammad Kabir Bhittani. The work appears to be completed towards the close of Akbar's reign.

2-  Ewer is large jug that is shaped like a vase and that was used in the past for holding water.

Ewer of Mughal period

3-  Baburnama, English translation, A.S.Beveridge , II, 543-544

4-  Afsana-i-Shahan, a critique, Hussain Khan