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Jaipur Amagarh Fort: History and factors leading to current conflict

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 30, Jul 2021
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  • Amagarh  fort in Jaipur is at the centre of a conflict between the tribal Meena community and local Hindu groups.
  • Members of the Meena community say the Amagarh Fort was built by a Meena ruler predating Rajput rule in Jaipur.
  • According to historian Rima Hooja, the present form of the Amagarh Fort was given in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur.
  • It has always been believed that there was some construction at the place before Jai Singh II built the fort.
  • Prior to Rajput rule by the Kachhwaha dynasty, Jaipur and its nearby regions were ruled by Meenas, who had political control.
  • Sardars from the Meena community ruled large parts of Rajasthan till around 1100 AD.