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In the Interest of History – 1

Akbar saw Islam for what it is, much clearer than any Hindu ruler ever has done in a thousand years, and purposefully tried to defang it. To not learn from this remarkable character will be a greater loss than having lost out in a military-political struggle in the past.

Nishan Sahib on Red Fort: Past, Present and Fiction

By Smita Mukerji 26 January 2021 turned out to be an ignominious chapter in the history of modern India. Hundreds of supporters of Khalistan, an outlawed terrorist organisation that aims at carving a separate Sikh state out of India, climbed the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, a monument of national significance, and hoisted … Continue reading Nishan Sahib on Red Fort: Past, Present and Fiction

The Sannyasi’s Siblings

By Smita Mukerji Most would know, Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta to Vishwanatha Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi. But there are some facets of the pre-monastic life and family of Swami Vivekananda entirely unknown to most people. Much of the sources relating to this are in the Bengali language and therefore reproduced here for … Continue reading The Sannyasi’s Siblings

In the Interest of History – 2

Origin of Some Rajput Clans – I By Smita Mukerji Another Twitter altercation later and a few shades wiser… that it is not possible to gain any understanding, establish any truth in the raucous, fraught social media world. A handle purporting to represent ‘Rajput pride’ recently pounced upon a tweet by another person that spoke … Continue reading In the Interest of History – 2

‘Haldighati’: The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – I

By Smita Mukerji “The son of Udai is beyond his price. Despair has driven many to this mart to witness their dishonour; From such infamy the descendent of Hamír alone has been preserved.” 443 years ago, on a hot mid-May Summer day, two fearsome armies lay in wait in anticipation of action, eyeballing each other … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’: The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – I

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – II

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “He spurned every overture which had submission for its basis, or the degradation of uniting his family by marriage with the Tartar” P R E L U D E Maharana Pratap (b. May 9, 1540[1], Kumbhalgarh) was aware that his bequest was no bed … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – II

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – III

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “The magnitude of the peril confirmed the fortitude of Partáp, who vowed, in the words of the bard, ‘to make his mother’s milk resplendent’ …and he amply redeemed his pledge”[1] T H E   B U I L D – U P   F O R  … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – III

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – IV

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “When army commingled with army They stirred up the resurrection-day upon earth. Two oceans of blood shocked together: The soil became tulip-coloured from the burning waves.”[1] T H E   B A T T L E Haldighati was not entirely unfrequented, as it lay on … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – IV

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – V

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “Partáp, with the flower of Mewár, defended the head of the pass, and glorious was the struggle for its maintenance. Clan after clan followed one another with desperate intrepidity, emulating the daring of their prince, who led the crimson banner”[1] O U T C O … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – V

Defining The Indian Outlook Towards Homosexuality – I

By Smita Mukerji The buzz around homosexuality has been rekindled with news of the shortly to be released movie ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’[1] based on a gay relationship. Consensual homosexual acts were decriminalised with an order of the Supreme Court of India (SCI) in September 2018, after a series of legal battles over decades. We … Continue reading Defining The Indian Outlook Towards Homosexuality – I

Ahalyabai Holkar

The Saint Queen of Malwa By Smita Mukerji and Swapnil Hasabnis Scarce does one come across a comparable character in history as Rani Ahalyabai of the Holkars, in whom a deep spirituality and profound worldly wisdom found perfect coincidence. This illustrious kulvadhu of the Holkars was the epitome of purity, sagacity, charity and compassion, combined … Continue reading Ahalyabai Holkar

A Tribute to the ‘Shivbhushan’

The Life and Works of Late Historian Ninad Bedekar By Smita Mukerji and Swapnil Hasabnis Ninad Bedekar during one of the heritage treks at a fort Today (May 10) is the Fifth anniversary of death of one of the most outstanding historians of our times, Ninad Bedekar. Few people outside Maharashtra are familiar with this … Continue reading A Tribute to the ‘Shivbhushan’

The ‘Secularisation’ of Shivaji – 1

An accurate interpretation of the term ‘Hindavi Swarajya’ would be: Hindu Paramountcy… an assertion of the ascendance of Hindus in the lands of their ancestors, primacy of their civilisational ethos, religious values and cultural expressions to eradicate the corrupting and degrading influence and ignominious vassalage to Islamic rule. And there is not a single act in the career of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj that deviated from this vision.

Prince Jaisiah’s Strong Defence Of Debal In Sindh Against Arab Aggression

Aggression Of Al Hajjaj And Renewed Attacks On Temple Town Of Debal (Devalaya) After the end of Caliph Muawiyah’s reign, Sindh experienced peace and respite from Arab aggression for the next twenty years. However, with the appointment of Al Hajjaj ibn Yusuf as governor of Iraq in 695 A.D. by the succeeding Umayyad Caliph Abd … Continue reading Prince Jaisiah’s Strong Defence Of Debal In Sindh Against Arab Aggression

Legendary Hindu Zunbil’s Indomitable Campaign Against Mighty Arabs

Humiliating Defeat Of Ubaidullah And Jaish Al-Fana Caliph Abdal Malik ibn Marwan appointed Abdullah as the governor of Seistan in 692 A.D. Abdullah immediately resumed the raids on Kabul and Zabul. The clever Zunbil (Ranbal) did not obstruct the path of Abdullah’s forces and allowed them to advance deep into his territory in the mountains. … Continue reading Legendary Hindu Zunbil’s Indomitable Campaign Against Mighty Arabs

Revolt of Kabul And Rout Of Arabs In The Battle Of Junzah

First Arab Invasion Of India By Land Thwarted At Seistan By 643 A.D. the Arab imperialists had captured Persia and the eastern borders of the Islamic Caliphate had reached the boundaries of Kabul and Zabul. The province of Seistan (Sijistan-Sakastan) on the west of river Helmand was part of the kingdom of Zabul and bordered … Continue reading Revolt of Kabul And Rout Of Arabs In The Battle Of Junzah

Brave Defence Of Kikan Against Frequent 7th Century Arab Invasions By Land

First Arab Invasion Of Sindh By Land Routed In Kikan The third ‘pious’ Caliph who succeeded Umar was Usman ibn Affan (644–656 A.D.). Usman wanted to conquer Sindh and made up his mind to dispatch an expedition to invade Sindh. He appointed Abdullah to Iraq and commanded him to send an agent to gather information … Continue reading Brave Defence Of Kikan Against Frequent 7th Century Arab Invasions By Land

Arab Attack On The Golden Idol Of Zun (Zur) In Zabul

The kingdom of Kapisha or Kabul (also known as Kabulistan) lay on the north-west of Sindh and consisted of the valley of the Kabul (Kubha) river spreading over the mountains all the way upto the Hindu Kush (Upari Syena) mountains.[1] Hieun Tsang, the well-known Chinese traveller, mentions that the kingdom of Kabul extended over ten … Continue reading Arab Attack On The Golden Idol Of Zun (Zur) In Zabul

First Three Failed Arab Invasions Of India By Sea

First Arab Invasion Of India By Sea At Thane Repulsed Inspired by the early and meteoric military successes that made the Arabs ‘world conquerors’ within a short span of time, it was only natural that they “cast their covetous eyes towards India.” [1] The first Arab invasion of India was an expedition by sea to … Continue reading First Three Failed Arab Invasions Of India By Sea

Brief History Of Early Islamic Expansion

The rise of Islam and its meteoric expansion as a religious and military power in a relatively short span of time is an unprecedented phenomenon in world history. The monotheistic religion which was started by Prophet Mohammed in 610 A.D., resulted in uniting the warring tribes of Arabia into submission to the one God ‘Allah’, … Continue reading Brief History Of Early Islamic Expansion

Perversion Of Indian History And Setting The Record Straight — Part II

As noted in Part I of this article, an impartial and honest examination of Indian history from original and indigenous sources throws up the stark fact that Islamic invasions of India were no walkover and that the kind of continuous, prolonged resistance the marauding Islamic armies were forced to confront in India was not faced … Continue reading Perversion Of Indian History And Setting The Record Straight — Part II

Perversion Of Indian History And Setting The Record Straight — Part I

Indian History has for long been perverted and turned upside down to accommodate a colonialist and leftist agenda by motivated historians. Their agenda is evidently anti-national. Who hasn’t heard of the African proverb, “Until the lions tell their side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter”? The insidious anti-Hindu … Continue reading Perversion Of Indian History And Setting The Record Straight — Part I