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The Later Mughals (1707-1803.)-By WILLIAM IRVINE, Bengal Civil
Table of Oontents.
July 1713 to June 1716-(Omitted, being already
April 1894, pp. 420-431.) 20. The Jāt Campaign, September 1716—April 1718. 21. Continued Intrigues against the Sayyads, July 1715. 22. Return to Dihli of Mir Jumlah, January 1716. 23. Continuation of Plots : Appointment of 'Ināyatullah
Khān, March 1716-April 1718.
Note A. —The Jizyah or Poll Tax. 24. Sudden rise of Muḥammad Murād, Kashmiri, Decem
ber 1717. 25. Sarbuland Khān recalled to Court, July 1718. 26. Attempt to seize 'Abdullah Khān, 27th August 1718. 27. Mahārājah Ajit Singh sent for, August 1718. 28. Nizām-ul-mulk is summoned. 29. Mir Jumlah's second return to Dihli, September
1718. 30. Mir Jumlah pardoned, October 1718. 31. Husain 'Ali Khan starts from the Dakhin, November
1718. 32. Progress of events at Dihli, December 1718–January
1719. 33. Return of Muhammad Amin Khān from Malwah, JanuSection 34. Arrival of Husain 'Ali Khan at Dihli, February 1719.
35. Husain 'Ali Khān marches to Wazirābād, 16th Feb
36. Husain 'Ali Khan's first audience, 23rd February
1719. 37. The Sayyads take possession of the palace, 27th Febru
38. The last day of the reign begins 28th February 1719.
42. Character of Farrukhsiyar.
A. Farrukhsīyar's age.
SECTION 20.--THE JĀỊ CAMPAIGN, September 1716-April 1718.
We have now to deal with another branch of that wide-spread Jāț or Jat race, which formed such a large proportion of the Sikh fighting line.
Without entering into Colonel James Tod's speculations about their identity with the Goths or Getæ, it may be assumed as a certainty that, for many hundreds of years, a branch of this people has been settled in the country south of the Jamnah, between the cities of Āgrah and Dihli. This region, ending on the east at the Chambal river or a little beyond it, marks the eastern limit of their advance from the
East and north-east of that point there are practically no Jāts. Their position on the flank of the high road between two great capitals and of the routes from both those places through Ajmer onwards to the Dakhin, must in all ages have given this robust race an opening for plundering on the highways, a temptation which they found it impossible to resist.
1 Beames, I, 134, note, says that between Jāt and Jat there is only a dialectic difference.
% A lively picture of the dangers of this road early in Bahādar Shāh's reign is given by Yar Muhammad, Dastūr-ul-Inshā, 130. Between Mathurā and Dihli the road had been entirely stopped for two months, and a crowd of many hundred
Without attempting to carry very far back the history of these Jāt depredations, we find, without question, that in the reign of Shāhjahān (1047 H., 1637), they killed Murshid Quli Khān, the faujdār of Mathurā, during an attack on one of their strongholds. In the next reign, that of 'Alamgir, they several times gave trouble. In Zu-l Hijjah 1079 H. (April 1669) another faujdār, ' Abd-un-nabi, lost his life in an attack on a village called Sorah, the home of a Jāț freebooter named Kokalā, who had raided the town of Sa’dābād in the Dūābah. ‘Alamgir marched in person from Āgrab, and sent on before him a new faujdār, Hasan 'Ali Khān, son of Allahwirdi Khān. Kokalā and a follower of his, Sanki, were captured and executed, limb being torn from limb; Kokalā's daughter was married to the Emperor's favourite slave, and his son was made a Mahomedan.
Alamgir's prolonged absence in the Dakhin speedily weakened the imperial authority in Northern India. In their master's absence the provincial governors took their ease and winked at abuses. Favoured by this negligence, the Jāts resumed their depredations. At length in 1099 H. (1687-8)% Khān Jahān, Zafar Jang, Kokaltāsh, and Prince Bedār Bakht, son of A'zam Shāh, were' sent from the Dakhin to restore order. At this time the chief stronghold of the Jāțs was at a village called Sansarī, eight miles south of Dig, and sixteen miles northwest of Bhartpur,3 This place was taken on the 15th Ramazān 1099 H. (14th July, 1688), the chief, Rājā Rām, was killed, and his head sent to the Emperor. Prince Shāh 'Alam, when he was put in charge of the Āgrah şūbah in the thirty-ninth year, i.e., 1106 H. (1694), also had trouble with the Jāts. Bhajjā, the father of Curāman, is the next leader of whom we hear, and his abode was also at Sansani. In the forty-ninth year of Alamgir's reign, 2nd Rajab 1117 H.(19th October, 1705), Sansani was destroyed a second or third time by Mukhtār Khān, the then şübahdār of Agrah ; and shortly afterwards, on the 18th Ramazān 1119 H. (13th December, 1707), Rizā Babādur attacked it again, sending in ten carts filled with weapons and one thousand heads.
When Bahãdur Shāh and his brother, Ā'zam Shāh, took the field travellers, including the wife of Amin-ud-Dīn, Sambhalī, had collected. In 1712 the Dutch envoy and his party also found the road infested by robbers, who were, no doubt, Jāts, F. Valentyn IV, 302. The same state of things is reported in the diary of our own envoy, John Surman, a year or two afterwards, Orme Collections, p. 1694, entries of the 8th, 16th, 26th, and 30th June 1715. ,
1 Majāsir-ul-umarā, I, 540, Padshähnāmah, I, 7, Mirzā Muḥammad, 294.
% Khāfī Khān, II, 316, has 1095 H. (1683), but the Magāşir-:- Alamgārī is a prefer. able authority.
3 It is still in the Bhartpur Rājah's territory. 4 Curā, or more politely Curāman, son of Bhajjā, of Sansani, had by this time
against each other and met between Agrah and Dholpur, Curāman collected as many men as he could, and hung about the neighbourhood of both armies, ready to pillage the vanquished. In the end, so much plunder fell into his hands, that he became from that time forth a most formidable partisan leader, with whom it was necessary to reckon in such troublous times. While Bahādur Shāh was at Āgrah, Curāman came in, and professing to have repented of his turbulent ways, was granted the rank of 1500 zāt, 500 horse. In Ramazān 1120 H., (November 1708), he helped Rizā Bahādur, the imperial faujdār, in an attack on Ajit Singh, zamindār of Kāmā, where Curāman was wounded and Rizā Bahadur was killed. In 1122 H. (1710) Curāman joined the Emperor at Ajmer, and took a part in the campaign -against the Sikhs at Sādhaurah and Lohgarh. He went on with Bahādur Shāh to Lähor, and was present during the fighting which took place there after that Emperor's death (March 1712). He also seems to have fallen upon and plundered the baggage of both sides impartially, when Jahāndār Shāh and Farrukhsiyar met in battle array near Agrah in Zu-l Hijjah 1124 H. (January 1713).
Early in Farrukhsiyar's reign Chabelah Rām, then şübahdār of Āgrah, received orders to march against Curāman, and efforts to reduce his power were continued for a long time without success, owing to the underhand opposition of the Wazir and his brother. The next holder of that Government, Şamşām-ud-daulah, Khān Daurān, not feeling strong enough to use force, tried to make terms. Curāman agreed to come to Court, and on the 16th Ramazān (5th October, 1713), when he arrived at Bārahpulah near the city, Rājah Bahādur, Rāthor, son of 'Azim-ushShān's maternal uncle, was sent out to meet and escort him. Curāman marched in at the head of 3,000 to 4,000 horsemen, and was conducted to the Dīwān-i-khāş by Şamşām-ud-daulah in person. Charge of the royal highway from Bārahpulah near Dihli to the crossing on the Cambal, was made over to him, and he son returned home. But by slow degrees he fell into disfavour, the extent of the country he took possession of was thought excessive, his realisation of road dues was objected to, and his interference with jāgir-holders was disliked. All that a jāgirdār could collect from him was a little money thrown to him as if it were an alms. These things were repeated to the Emperor in detail, over and over again, until they produced an effect, and he resolv. ed that some action must be taken. The difficulty was to find anyone Succeeded to the leadership of the Jāțs. Magāşir-z-Alamgir7, 311, 498, Dānishmand Khān, under above date, Khāfi Khān II, 316, Majāşir-ul-umara, I, 809.
1 Dānishmand Khan, entries of the 28th Jamādī II, and 9th Rajab 1119 H. (27th September and 6th October 1707).
competent to undertake such an arduous task. Curāman had mean. while constructed a new stronghold at a place called Thūn.
At length in the fifth year of the reign, Jamādi II. 1128 H., MayJune 1716, Rājah Jai Singh, Sawāe, returned to court from his government of Mālwah. Finding out Farrukhsiyar's secret desire to get rid of Curāman, he offered himself as ready to undertake and carry out the work. Early in Shawwāl (September 1716) he received his orders, and started on the 9th of that month (25th September 1716), being the Hindū festival of the Dasahrah. Some troops under Sanjar Khān and Shamsher Khān, of the Wālā Shāhis, were posted at Palwal, thirty-six or thirty-seven miles from the city, to keep communications open, and provide convoys from that place to Hodal in one direction, and Faridabād in the other.
A large sum in cash was disbursed to Rājah Jai Singh from the imperial treasury, and he sent for troops from his own country. Serving under him were Māhārāo Bhim Singh, Hādā, of Kotah, Rājah Gaj Singh, Mārwāri, and Māhārāo Rājah Budh Singh, Hāļā, of Bondi.s
Thūn having been completely invested, the siege began on the 5th Zü,l Hijjah 1128 H. (19th November, 1716). The fort was provided with lofty walls and a deep ditch filled from springs, and round it spread a thick and thorny jungle “ through which a bird could hardly make its way." Supplies were abundant; indeed, (though this is probably an exaggeration), there was said to be grain, salt, ghi, tobacco, cloth, and firewood sufficient for twenty years. When the siege was imminent, Curāman had forced all merchants and traders, with their families, to quit the place, leaving their goods behind them. Curāman made himself personally responsible for their compensation if he gained the day, and as the property could not be removed, the owners gave their consent without much demur.4
Curāman's son, Muḥkam Singh, and his nephew, Rūpā, issued from the fort and gave battle in the open. In his report of the 7th Muharram, 1129 H. (21st December, 1716), the Rājah claimed a victory. He next cut down all the trees round the fort, and erected a large number of
1 Thūn does not seem to be well known now. Can it be the Toond of the Indian Atlas, Sheet 50, between Dīg and Gobardban? Or is it Jatolee Thoon, 8 miles West of Sansani ? An 18th century writer remarks: "Il y a encore (1767) un Thoun, mais dans un autre endroit, peutêtre pour conserver la mémoire d'une place qui, quoique malheureuse, n'a pas donnā peu de reputation aux Jats," Orme Collections, p. 4218.
% Mace bearers were sent to fetch him on the 27th Rabi' II. 1128 H. (19th April, 1716), Kāmwar Khān, 140, 163, Ma,äsir-ul-umară, Mirzā Muhammad, 293.
8 Kāmwar Khān, 140, 168, Shiii Dās, 11b.