AKBAR SHAH II AND HIS SONS C. 1830

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December 31, 1829
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Akbar Shah II 1806–1837

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About Akbar Shah ||

Akbar II (22 April 1760 – 28 September 1837), also known as Akbar Shah II, was the nineteenth Mughal emperor of India. He reigned from 1806 to 1837. He was the second son of Shah Alam II and the father of Bahadur Shah II.

Akbar had little de facto power due to the increasing British influence in India through the East India Company. He sent Ram Mohan Roy as an ambassador to Britain and gave him the title of Raja. During his regime, in 1835, the East India Company discontinued calling itself subject of the Mughal Emperor and issuing coins in his name. The Persian lines in the company's coins to this effect were deleted.

Akbar II is credited with starting the Hindu–Muslim unity festival Phool Walon Ki Sair.[citation needed] His grave lies next to the dargah of 13th century Sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki at Mehrauli.

Akbar Shah II and his sons c. 1830

This is the only known European-style portrait on canvas of Mughal Emperor Akbar Shah II (r. 1806–37). Aged around 70, he sits on a European-style chair grasping the pipe of a large hookah as he gazes outwards from the canvas. To his left and right