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Shah Jahan was perhaps the most cultured Mughal emperor and possibly one of the most cultured leaders of any great regime anywhere. When he was Emperor the Mughal Empire was the wealthiest on the planet. He left behind an incomparable legacy of buildings which are the highest expression of Islamic architecture. His most famous building was the Taj Mahal, now a wonder of the world, which he built out of love for his wife the empress Mumtaz Mahal. Agra Fort, Lahore Fort and the Shalimar Garders are among this great gift.
However he notably failed to deliver any cricket stadia or indoor practice areas to his people and so the Mughal Empire declined, until it finally came to and end under British rule in 1857. Cricket came to India shortly after, building steadily to become the dominant force it is in the country today, Mughals or no Mughals.
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the Hall of Grievances
with a full career's worth
of incidents to raise
Posterity judges him to be right. Cricket came in any case and flourished. But without Shah Jahan, the world's heritage of wondrous buildings would be considerably less.