In an essay of 1,250-1,500 words, describe the impact of the Mughal Empire and analyze its legacy to the modern nations on the Indian subcontinent. This essay should:
1. Identify the major political and religious characteristics of pre-Mughal India.
2. Describe the legacy of Akbar the Great in Indian history.
3. Explain the political decline of the Mughal Empire, the rising religious and communal strife in India, and the consequences of this decline in India's relationship with the West.
Be sure to cite three to five relevant peer-reviewed sources in support of your content. Use only peer-reviewed sources found.
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