The naturalist with a hint of cruelty
Mughal emperor Jahangir was fascinated by the natural world around him, but he liked to hunt as well
The great naturalist among the Mughals was Jahangir. His father had left him a large and peaceful empire, which Akbar built through war and conquest (whether on the battlefield or, as often, in the bedroom). Jahangir’s interests were different. He kept a superb diary, as good as the one maintained by his great-grandfather Babur. Jahangir’s, however, was full of observations about the natural world with which he was fascinated.