Write a short note on the religious policy of Akbar?
The religious policy of Akbar was extremely liberal. He had equal respect for all religion and did not discriminate between his subjects on the basis of religion. In fact, Akbar abolished the Jiziya tax that Hindus were required to pay under previous Muslim rulers. Akbar was also keen to know more about various religions and invited leaders from various religions to his court for debate and discussion. All religious festivals were observed in his palace and court. In the later part of his rule, he sought to promote a religion of his own, called Din-i-Ilahi, which was based on the universal principles of love and tolerance. The aim of this new faith was to put an end to the bitter religious disputes that used to prevail at that time.