The clan claimed descent from the Suryavanshi Sisodia Rajput royal family of Udaipur. He was given deshmukhi rights of Pune, Supe, Chakan and Indapur for military expenses. Scholars disagree on his date of birth. Shahaji often changed his loyalty between the Nizamshahi of Ahmadnagar, the Adilshah of Bijapur and the Mughals, but always kept his jagir fiefdom at Pune and his small army.

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May 17, Devavrat rated it it was amazing I was gleefully surprised to find this book freely available online. It is a short paged book that can be read in single sitting. After reading it becomes quite obvious as to why the establishment does not want the people to read this gem. Shivaji is often shown to be a disciple of either ramdas or tukaram. However, the historic records and evidence presented in this book suggests that let alone shivaji being a disciple of either , it is highly unlikely that shivaji ever met tukaram or ramdas in his entire lifetime!

The author points to the glaring cracks in the narrativex of establishment historians who suggest that shivaji fought for Hinduism, as we know today, or for present day Maharashtra. Laine answers various questions such as Whether shivaji had a unhappy family life?

Whether he had a harem? Whether Shivaji was uninterested in the bhakti movement? Was shivaji fighting for a personal kingdom and not to liberate a nation? Did shivaji lived in a cosmopolitan islamicate world and did little to change that fact?

These questions above answered through reviewing historic evidence was bound to knock the daylights out of powers that be. This book makes you ponder about the establishment narrative and makes you feel sad at the same time as to how heroes like shivaji are relegated as political mascots.


Shivaji: Hindu King In Islamic India

The book continued to be listed in the OUP India catalogue until mid-January, but has since been removed. The book remains in print and available outside India. Sanskrit scholar Shrikant Bahulkar was physically assaulted and his face blackened an act meant to shame him. When none was forthcoming he destroyed several hundred manuscript pages of his own unpublished biographical study of Shivaji. The Times of India reported 29 December that: Raj assured Bahulkar that such incidents would not be repeated and that Sena activists would have to get a "clearance" from the toprung leaders before embarking on such "aggressive campaigns" in the future. The Times of India reported Laine says sorry for hurting sentiments 30 December , quoting: "It was never my intention to defame the great Maharashtrian hero.


Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India

But of course, Penguin USA can quickly replace them, even in India, as the author herself recently noted. Fairly soon, of course, people everywhere will be downloading any book they like in digital form. What is distressing is the whole sentiment behind the idea of banning books. A scholar like Doniger, who has spent her whole life studying Sanskrit and writing lively books intended to provoke an interest in Hindu literature and thought, nowadays finds herself denigrated by a cadre of defensive apologists who feel they must guard against anything they deem to be a slight to their tradition.

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