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These mainly deal with political / military aspects of various events and personalities. Have tried to detail as much as possible

Chhatrapati Shivaji and Bengal

An article that has been shared over 20,000 times so far !

In this article we shall explore how Chhatrapati Shivaji was an inspiration for Bengali patriots from 1857 onwards and how everyone from Tagore and Bipin Chandra Pal to Aurobindo Ghosh eulogized him.

Marathas & Bundelkhand- I: Chhatrapati Shivaji and the Rise of Chhatrasal Bundela

How did Marathi surnames like Tambe and Newalkar end up being so important in faraway Bundelkhand? Why do the Bundelas till date hold Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bajirao and of course Rani Laxmibai in high regard?

The answer to this is to be found in a nearly two hundred year long history, beginning in the 1660s, when Chhatrasal Bundela met Chhatrapati Shivaji.   

Marathas & Bundelkhand Part II – Peshwa Bajirao

While a few popular books and now one popular movie has been produced on Peshwa’s love affair, the actual conquest of Bundelkhand by Peshwa Bajirao and its importance has somehow been lost. Here is my small attempt to rectify the same.

Marathas & Bundelkhand Part III – Govindpant Bundele

On the morning of the 14th of January 1761, Sadashivrao Bhau decided to break through Abdali’s defences – to hand him a defeat and place Vishwasrao on Delhi’s throne. The ensuing grand confrontation is today better known as the Third Battle of Panipat.

Marathas & Bundelkhand Part IV – Jhansi ki Rani

We now come to the fourth and the last part of this series. The values of swadharma and swarajya had been held aloft for a whole century by Chhatrapati Shivaji, Chhatrasal Bundela, Bajirao Peshwa and also by the entire Maratha army, which sacrificed itself at Panipat. Rani Laxmibai showed she belonged to that same exalted group when she put up her spirited defense of Jhansi in the summer of 1858.

The Battle of Saraighat – Role of the Ahom River Navy

In this article I shall throw light upon the Ahom naval system and further more, try and understand the challenges that must have been faced while fighting on that mass of water, drawing on my knowledge of how boats and ships behave in a river.

Jagannath Puri – Survivor of 18 invasions  

An article summarising the eighteen invasions the grand temple at Puri had to bear 

Maratha refusal to dethrone the Mughal     

Why did the Marathas keep the Mughal emperor on the throne ? An opinion piece by me.

NCERT jokebook – British became all India power in 1765

And it was an arduous struggle, battle by battle, treaty by treaty stretching over fifty years that finally gave England the jewel in her crown. Then there was one last spark by the remnants of this fifty year struggle in 1857 before the British could really claim to have been fully established. Hence, sentences like “victory at Buxar made British the supreme power” are an insult, and quite incorrect, frankly speaking  

How Indian was the Mughal Empire ?

This article shall explain how, from the time of Babur to that of Aurangzeb, foreign born nobility always formed the major component of Mughal nobility. No, not descendants of the original bunch who accompanied Babur or Humayun, but fresh recruits or their sons, arriving at every Mughal’s court