Lālah Beg (Persian: لاله بیگ), better known as Jahāngīr Qulī Beg and later as Jahāngīr Qulī Khān (Persian: جهانگیر قلي خان), was the Subahdar (governor) of Bengal between 1607 and 1608, during the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir.
Jahangir Quli Khan
|Subahdar of Bengal|
|Preceded by||Qutubuddin Koka|
|Succeeded by||Islam Khan I|
Bengal Subah, Mughal Empire
At a young age, Beg became the personal servant of Mirza Muhammad Hakim, the second son of emperor Humayun. He then served under Prince Salim (later known as Emperor Jahangir) during the reign of emperor Akbar. From then on, Lalah became known as Jahangir Quli (Jahangir's coolie/servant) and was also given the title of Baz Bahadur. His title was also later upgraded from Baig to Khan, thus becoming known as Jahangir Quli Khan.: 308
Beg rose through the ranks, from becoming a mansabdar of 1500 to that of 4000 horses as well as the Governor of Bihar, within a month of Jahangir's accession to the throne. Following the death of Qutubuddin Koka, Beg was appointed as the next Subahdar of Bengal and became a mansabdar of 5000 personal and horse.
Death and legacyEdit
Being already in his advanced age, he suffered from illness due to the climate of the Bengal province. Consequently, he died within a year of his office. The thanadars (locality officers) that Beg had appointed in Orissa subsequently returned to Akbarnagar, leaving the Governor of Orissa Hashim Khan (son of Qasim Khan Chishti) on his own for a while. These officers were later ordered to return to Orissa during the office of Subahdar Islam Khan I, and all returned on time except Raja Kalyan (son of Todar Mal).: 10
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