I want to speak here about the third battle of Panipat and the disproportionate importance it has in our knowledge and understanding of India’s history. There are more pages written about 14th January 1761 than there are on the eighty years preceding it or the forty years following it. Continue reading Maratha Empire – The Panipat Fixation.
A short write up on Maratha cavalry and military system in 18th century Continue reading Maratha Cavalry
Zahir ud din Babur arrived from faraway Samarkand in 1526 and annihilated Ibrahim Lodi’s army at Panipat . Lodi was no pushover . What made the difference ? Babur’s guns , the likes of which the Indian sub continent had … Continue reading MARATHA ARTILLERY
The fractured and disjointed nature of the events in this part of the country showed me the limits of a historical novel . I did not have the luxury of putting a title on top – Marathas and Rajputs – and then blazing away with all facts and figures . Through this blog post , I will try and paint a picture of the scene that was Rajasthan in the 18th century . When the Marathas were on the ascent and the Rajputs had become truly free after serving some or the other sultanate for upwards of 800 years . … Continue reading Maratha – Rajput relations in 18th century- A complete mess
Uniting the whole land of Bharatvarsha and rejuvenating Hindu religion and Hindu religious places was Chhatrapati Shivaji’s dream. Ahilyabai Holkar gave the much needed religio – cultural coat to the political and military conquests of Peshwa Bajirao and Maratha sardars such as Malharrao Holkar and Jayappa Shinde. She gave the strong support of dharma to the political and military conquests spanning a whole century. The Marathas had built their empire over the smouldering ruins of the Mughal Empire. The political renaissance that followed under the Marathas was given the pillars of cultural and religious renaissance by Ahilybai Holkar. In a … Continue reading An avatar of Shrimaan Yogi – Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar
10 Nov 1659 This was the day that India’s history changed for all time to come. Here is my small write up about the importance of the killing of Afzal Khan and the events leading to it. The killing of … Continue reading The day India’s destiny changed forever – The killing of Afzal Khan
Chhatrapati Shivaji was one of the greatest men to be born in this country. His exemplary vision and courage gave us “swarajya” from the clutches of the Mughals and Turkic sultanates. A lot has been written about his prowess on the battlefield the incidents involving Afzal Khan, Shaiste Khan, the battle at Kolhapur, the siege of Salher (a fort near Nashik), are all legendary and excellent examples of how Shivaji put the terrain and the meagre resources at his disposal to good use to win against far more formidable enemies. Bravery and cunning were gifts found in ample measure even … Continue reading Chhatrapati Shivaji -An inspiration for many generations