"Mughal rulers efficiently assimilated heterogeneous populace within an imperial edifice". Support the statement.
The Mughal rulers inherited a heterogeneous population and did their best to assimilate them within an imperial edifice. Akbar—one of the greatest Mughal rulers in India—followed the policy of religious tolerance. He respected the members of the Jesuit mission who interpreted the emperor’s open interest in the doctrines of Christianity as a sign of his acceptance of their faith. Akbar built Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri where animated discussions were held among Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians. This helped him to understand the aspects of every religion. Thus, he gave up orthodox Islamic principles. By abolishing ‘jaziya’, he earned the goodwill of Hindus. All these liberal religious policies of Akbar helped him to rule over a vast heterogeneous population in India. His policies were also followed by his immediate successors.