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Lachit Barphukan – Defeater of Mughals

Today I shall talk about Lachit Barphukan – a household name in Assam, but largely unknown outside of that region. He is perhaps the reason why Assam is a part of India today and retains , nay celebrates its dharmic and Indic connections. He led a the Assamese armies against the Mughals and ensured that Assam remained free. The Sena dynasty of neighbouring Bengal (by this I mean West Bengal and Bangladesh both) was overthrown by 1206 by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq and the same year attacks on north east started. They wud continue every now and then for next four hundred … Continue reading Lachit Barphukan – Defeater of Mughals

Lachit Barphukan & Religion – A reply for Commies

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

Book Review – Urban Naxals.

    Title : Urban Naxals – the making of  ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ Author : Vivek Agnihotri Publisher : Garuda Prakashan Year : 2018 Rating : 9/10 Naxalism, most of us believe, is something happening in far away jungles – aided by small bands of extremists. Of tribal areas under some extremist rouge elements threatening the Indian state. Every now and then, news comes in of an attack on a CRPF camp or convoy and we all shake our heads in disgust and sadness. But the malaise goes far deeper, and as this book shows, is not limited … Continue reading Book Review – Urban Naxals.

Durga Malla – Gorkha in INA

The role of the INA is often under rated when we discuss India’s freedom struggle. It singularly threatened to achieve what the British Empire was mortally scared of — a repeat of the events of 1857, with the added advantage of a highly-trained and modernised army. It is with relation to this INA that we find the name of Durga Malla, a Gorkha soldier from Dehradun, who fought against the British armies in World War II. Article originally published in Creative India :  Durga Malla – INA Read all of Aneesh Gokhale’s articles in Creative India : Creative India – … Continue reading Durga Malla – Gorkha in INA

Maratha refusal to Dethrone the Mughal

A question is often asked – why did the Marathas, dominant power in the Indian subcontinent in the eighteenth century, not get rid of the Mughal emperor ? Why wasn’t the Mughal dynasty destroyed by the Marathas, who had suffered much under them, especially in the long war against Aurangzeb I try to explore the reasons in this article initially published on IndiaFacts >> Maratha refusal to dethrone the Mughal ———————————————————————————————–   Aneesh Gokhale is the published author of two books and numerous articles. His books on Lachit Barphukan and Maratha History can be purchased at Amazon India  Continue reading Maratha refusal to Dethrone the Mughal