THE TREE OF CHUGHTAI FAMILY – MOVERS AND SHAKERS FROM MONGOLIA

THE TREE OF CHUGHTAI FAMILY
MOVERS AND SHAKERS FROM MONGOLIA
Shook the World of their times

Chaghatai Khan
Chaghatai Khan

The Chinese girl came with a delegation to our museum. We talked of Chaghatai Khan. The way she pronounced the name was like a song YAGH TAI. Every time she uttered the word, a tremor ran through me. Just who was this Chaghatai Khan. Very simply, the second son of Genghis Khan, the Khan of his tribe from 1226 to 1242 AD. Yes the Chaghatai language as well as his clan takes the name from him and him alone.

Chagatai-Khan-Jaghatai-statue
Chagatai-Khan-Jaghatai-statue

Born: 1183
Died: 1242, Ghulja, China
Spouse: Ebuskun
Siblings: Ögedei Khan, Jochi Khan, Tolui
Parents: Genghis Khan, Börte
Children: Yesü Möngke, Baidar, Mutugen

Chagatai_Khan
Chagatai_Khan

The funny part is that Lahore was full of Chughtais, and yet we hardly see them. Why is there a dearth of Chughtais in the world? A compere on TV was rectifying the fact of the absence of the Mughals in Lahore. He said that Ranjit Singh hated the Mughals and had put a price on their head. This was in retribution to the price on the heads of the Sikhs in Mir Mannu’s time. The difference here was obvious. The price at that time was due to the dacoitry activities in Lahore, which needed to be curbed., But the head on the Mughals was due to vengeance alone and nothing else. Who said rationality wins all the time? Nothing like that. The result that most of the families changed their names and were not happy to be spotted as of a certain ethnic group. And the Sikhs were not alone in this. The English after Bahadur Shah Zafar and the War of Independence, hanged and executed whichever Mughals they could find with any kind of Royal links. Dwyer is reputed to have drunk the blood of Mughal Princes. So the Mughals went into hiding. And the hiding was so strong that their children even went absent from their roots. It was in the late 19th century, that families found their roots again. The upsurge of ethnicity had sprung and that too due to the English administration, who insisted the ethnic roots being written on any official form. But then fashion took over.

Funeral of Chaghatai Khan
Funeral of Chaghatai Khan

The Chughtais came back into fashion. The result that that everybody started acting, feeling and pretending to be a Chughtai. No harm done except to themselves. But a Chughtai can be recognized from the face itself. They are particularly different from the other Punjab residents here. Their habits are different. They were rulers of dynasties and this royalty springs from even the weakest of them. Our M.A. Rahman Chughtai brought fame to the city of his ancestors all over the world. Yes, indeed Lahore is Lahore, and nothing like it anywhere.

Family
Family

5 thoughts on “THE TREE OF CHUGHTAI FAMILY – MOVERS AND SHAKERS FROM MONGOLIA”

    1. Do you have much information about the Chughtai families living in Kucha Chughtain and Kucha Loharan inside Mochi Darwaza?

    2. The clan is called Borjigid, which means “blue-grey wolf tribe”. Chinggis Haan’s ancestor was called Bodonchar Munkhaag.

      My family’s name is Haan Baghatur, and we descend from Jochi Haan and the Qipchak Haanate.

      1. It is obvious that most descendants trace their family to some lineage in the family tree. Aligning oneself with one is the prerogative of persons. Timurids called themselves Chaghatais from the son Chaghta Khan himself. There are variants like Mirza, Baig, etc etc. Some still call themselves Chingizi. It is reflective of the traditions. The tradition started from the clan of sons of Changez Khan himself. No lineage remains pure as it intermingles with the people of the area. Timurids of Delhi origin are Urdu speaking, while that of Punjab are Punjabi speaking. That of Uzbekistan, Usbek speaking. That is life. Changing all the time. But the WOLF is still in us, as it makes us fight with the wrongs of life. They have sealed the area where there is the mausoleum of Changez Khan, realizing that the discovery of his remains will ignite pride in the person, who the West has painted as Evil all the time. Only great people retain their greatness centuries after their death.

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