NCERT Solutions Class 7 History Chapter 4

NCERT Solutions Class 7 History Chapter 4

The Mughal Empire


1. Match the following:

mansab - Marwar
Mongol - governor
Sisodiya Rajput - Uzbeg
Rathor Rajput - Mewar
Nur Jahan - rank
subadar - Jahangir

Answer
mansab - rank
Mongol - Uzbeg
Sisodiya Rajput - Mewar
Rathor Rajput - Marwar
Nur Jahan - Jahangir
subadar - governor

2. Fill in the blanks:
(a) The capital of Mirza Hakim, Akbar’s half-brother, was ____________.
(b) The five Deccan Sultanates were Berar, Khandesh, Ahmadnagar, __________ and
____________.
(c) If zat determined a mansabdar’s rank and salary, sawar indicated his ____________ .
(d) Abul Fazl, Akbar’s friend and counsellor, helped him frame the idea of ____________ so
that he could govern a society composed of many religions, cultures and castes.
Answer
(a) The capital of Mirza Hakim, Akbar's half-brother, was Kabul.
(b) The five Deccan Sultanates were Berar, Khandesh, Ahmadnagar, Bijapur and Golconda.
(c) If zat determined a mansabdar's rank and salary, sawar indicated his number of cavalrymen.
(d) Abul Fazl, Akbar's friend and counselor, helped him frame the idea of sulh-i kul so that he
could govern a society composed of many religions, cultures and castes.

3. What were the central provinces under the control of the Mughals?
Answer
The central provinces under the control of the Mughals were:
(i) Lahore
(ii) Panipat
(iii) Delhi
(iv) Mathura
(v) Agra
(vi) Ajmer
(vii) Marwar
(viii) Mewar
(ix) Deccan
(x) Chittor

4. What was the relationship between the mansabdar and the jagir?
Answer
Mansabdars received their salaries as revenue assignments called jagirs. Mansabdars did not
actually reside in or administer their jagirs. They served in some other part of the country while
the revenue was collected for them by their servants.

5. What was the role of the zamindar in Mughal administration?
Answer
Role of the zamindar in Mughal administration:
(i) Zamindars were local headmen of villages or powerful chieftains appointed by the Mughal
emperor.
(ii) They played a role of source in running of the administration of the Mughals.
(iii) They collected tax on the produce of the peasantry which was the main source of income
available to Mughal rulers.
(iv) In some areas the zamindars exercised a great deal of power and sometimes zamindars and
peasants of the same caste allied in rebelling against Mughal authority.

6. How were the debates with religious scholars important in the formation of Akbar’s ideas on
governance?
Answer
(i) Akbar’s interaction with people of different faiths made him realise that religious scholars
who emphasised ritual and dogma were often bigots.
(ii) The teachings by different religious scholars created divisions and disharmony amongst his
subjects.
(iii) This led to the idea of sulh-i kul or "universal peace" which means tolerance and not to
discriminate between people of different religions in his realm.
(iv) They framed a vision of governance around the idea of sulh-i kul focused on a system of
ethics honesty, justice, peace which was universally applicable.
(v) This system of governance was later followed by Jahangir and Shah Jahan as well.

7. Why did the Mughals emphasise their Timurid and not their Mongol descent?
Answer
The Mughals emphasise their Mongol descent because Genghis Khan's memory was associated
with the massacre of innumerable people. It was also linked with the Uzbegs, their Mongol
competitors.
on the other hand, they were proud of their Timurid ancestry, not least of all because their great
ancestor had captured Delhi in 1398. They also celebrated their genealogy pictorially, each ruler
getting a picture made of Timur and himself.

8. How important was the income from land revenue to the stability of the Mughal Empire?
Answer
(i) The income from land revenue was the main source of income of the Mughal Empire.
(ii) The Mughal empire was very large and therefore for running the administration and
maintaining law and order, a huge amount of finance is needed which comes from the revenue.
(iii) The land revenue is also important for salaries of the soldiers and officials and welfare
works for the commons.
(iv) Land revenue played a crucial role in the economy as well as administration of the Mughal
empire.

9. Why was it important for the Mughals to recruit mansabdars from diverse backgrounds and
not just Turanis and Iranis?
Answer
(i) It was important for the Mughals to recruit mansabdars from diverse backgrounds and not just
Turanis and Iranis in order to provide stability to the empire.
(ii) Moreover, the problems of common folks would be understood better by the people living
there.
(iii) They came here to rule and to maintain the balance between the diversity of the country as
well as to respect it, they recruited mansabdars from diverse backgrounds.
(iv) They also don't want the people to rebel against them on the issue of being a common
mansabdars or privilege to Turanis and Iranis.

10. Like the Mughal Empire, India today is also made up of many social and cultural units. Does
this pose a challenge to national integration?
Answer
Today, India follow a culture or tradition of "unity in diversity". People living here are united by
the heart and loved the diversity of their own country. They consider this as their own motherland. Moreover, they got right to choose their own government and freedom to do what they want without harming anyone which was not the case under Mughal empire. It do face some challenge but it is like a drop in the sea. So, India is now integrated country with diversity as its USP and never pose a challenge to national integration.

11. Peasants were vital for the economy of the Mughal Empire. Do you think that they are as important today? Has the gap in the income between the rich and the poor in India changed a great deal from the period of the Mughals?
Answer
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