Its a shame I have to write this, because frankly his religion should be least of our concerns. He fought against an army which represented Uzbek invaders and that is all that should concern us. But instead of recognising the flaw that was the Mughal empire, our secular donkeys issue following statements with regards to Barphukan – Mughal struggle : Lachit Barphukan was not a Hindu. He fought against the Hindu Ram Singh. Most important commander was a Muslim named Ismail Siddiqui. It was not a Hindu – Muslim struggle. Let us not paint it that way. Assam was never … Continue reading Lachit Barphukan & Religion – A reply for Commies
An engrossing read. While much has been written on this topic, Aneesh takes us to the lesser known yet important battles and campaigns which dictated politics in this country for two centuries. – Smt Yashodhara Raje Scindia “A wonderfully readable collection of essays about the Maratha era. The collection is an important antidote to the mainstream narrative that the British conquered India from the Mughals; a story-line that was deliberately created in the colonial era to suggest that India was always an enslaved country. Aneesh has deftly torn down this biased history to present a vivid picture of dogged resistance … Continue reading Battles of the Maratha Empire
The second edition of my book Battles of the Maratha Empire is now out. Covers important battles from the days of Chhatrapati Shivaji to the fall of the Maratha Empire. Read about Pratapgad, Salher,Palkhed, Rakshasbhuvan, Kharda, Delhi, Laswari, Panipat in a single volume. Purchase at : Battles of the Maratha Empire The newer edition incorporates a number of letters from contemporary sources, to go with the relevant chapters. Do go through them to enrich your experience if you have read the first edition. I hope these letters pique your interest in Battles of the Maratha Empire. Continue reading Battles of the Maratha Empire – Important letters and quotes.
Originally published in DNA on 26 Feb 2017 When we speak of medieval Assam, Lachit Barphukan is perhaps the only name known to us, for his exploits against the Mughals. But the person who took Assam to its cultural and political zenith was a king named Rudra Singha, who ruled between 1696 and 1714 AD. He was from the Ahom dynasty which ruled Assam from 1228 to 1821 AD. Having ascended the throne, he had taken the Ahom name Chao Sukrungpha and almost immediately got down to building Assam into a prosperous kingdom. Numerous civil works were undertaken by him. … Continue reading Rudra Singha – The greatest king of North East India
First published in DNA on 15 September 2019 The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics or IUCAA has put Pune on the astronomy map of the … Continue reading The Maharaja Takhta Singh Observatory of Pune !
Originally published in DNA on 20 Jan 2019 Many of you must have read about the first train in India — the famous 1853 run from … Continue reading SS Enterprise – First Steamship to India
“We must leave office; all the bungalows are being burnt down by the sepoys of Meerut. They came in today morning. Mr. Todd, we think, is dead. We are off.” – This short message sent on a telegraph line from Delhi into the Punjab in 1857 probably changed the course of India’s First War of Independence. It was actually sent by two young boys, William Brendish and J.W Pilkington who worked as signalers at the newly formed Delhi Telegraph Office. Clerks, sending and receiving messages as ordered to.The first telegraph line was tested in 1837 between Calcutta and the nearby … Continue reading The Post Office, the Telegraph and 1857
Originally published in DNA on 8 Sept 2019. When things had reached the breaking point between the East India Company and the Peshwa Baji Rao II … Continue reading Purandar Fort – A post 1818 history.
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 … Continue reading How Indian was the Mughal Empire ?
A piping hot cup of tea is something we routinely drink and also offer any and every guest. In fact, it is so common a courtesy, … Continue reading Garden to Cup – A history of tea !
The Peshwa was a fifteen-year-old boy named Sawai Madhavrao. For the entertainment of the young Peshwa, a menagerie — a collection of birds and animals — … Continue reading The Peshwa’s private zoo !