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bandmanjoe eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with najm1947, it depends what your definition of a "good king" is.  There is no question the Taj Mahal is one of the most recognizable pieces of architecture available on the planet.  If we judge him in that regard, by all means, he has definitely achieved "good king" status.  If we go by other standards, however, such as providing for his people, insuring domestic tranquility, and providing a smooth transition of power, he might not fare quite so well.

astrosonuthird | Student

Yeah I think he was.

chaobas | Student

Shah Jahan - A Great King.............. I dont think so but I do agree with najm1947.

"The Taj Mahal" which people consider as the symbol of "Love" is indeed a great work and he was a good and a loving husband too. But if we look at his political affairs and status of his empire during his reign, he cannot consider him as a great king.

Just for the sake of "Taj Mahal" thousands of people here sacrifice along side. so some people consider him as a selfish ruler.

loraaa | Student

Yes, maybe yes...
 for me he was not "a great king", BUT he was "a lover King."   ^_*

this is just my opinion.


najm1947 | Student

Shah Jahan - A Great King? Very good discussion topic.

I think we need to define a 'Great King' first before we can put our views forward. If a great king means that he can do whatever he likes, and spends wherever he feels like and goes for any expedition and conquests then this is one way of looking at it. But if the king is 'great' because he provides justice to all, maintains law and order, provides civil liberties, turns his domain in to a welfare state then it is absolutely a different matter.

From my point of view, he did only one thing - he constructed a beautiful mausoleum Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. On completion he executed, as it is told, the builders of Taj Mahal so that it could not be replicated (This was similar to the execution by the British Rulers of India who cut the thumbs of the Bengali muslin weavers so that they could sell there fine fabrics). He was brutal. He could not provide justice - not even to his sons while nominating the crown prince.

Shah Jahan was surely not a great king at all.