Author: Aneesh Gokhale

Battle of Laswari: An untold chronicle of the Marathas

“ In the desperate valour with which it was contested by both sides , in the equality of the numbers engaged , and in the proportion of numbers lost , the Battle of Laswari ranks above all others in which the British have been engaged in India.”      -George Malleson , 1888.  “ I […]

How the British captured Delhi

It is generally assumed that India went from the Mughals to the British in the nineteenth century. Nothing could be farther than the truth. For it was the Maratha empire that governed much of the land and the Mughal emperor had been reduced to a mere figurehead. In fact, hardly any battle was fought between […]

Shivaji: The warrior, the leader and the brilliant strategist.

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 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 […]

Battle of Wadgaon: A glorious moment in Maratha history

In 1779, a series of battles were fought between the British and the Marathas. Pune fought for its very survival and the Wadgaon battle marked the high point of the Nana – Mahadji combination. Mahadji Shinde’s marshaling of resources, his strategizing and the bravery shown by the average Maratha mavla make the finale battle at […]

How Chhatrapati Shivaji’s policies were what created the Hindavi Swarajya

Chhatrapati Shivaji’s greatest test came a decade after his death. It came the moment his illustrious son – Chhatrapati Sambhaji was killed. All problems which had sent powerful Indian kings and their kingdoms to their deaths were now facing the Marathas. They prevailed; Chhatrapati Shivaji prevailed. How and why is important not just from the […]

Assam has shaped India and her ethos in more ways than you can imagine

Here, a definition of “India” is essential; and India needs to be seen in terms of a civilizational nation. Meaning, that the civilization from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Balochistan to Burma is the same. There are other civilizational countries as well – primary among them are China and Japan. Politically, Assam has been united with India perhaps only since the advent of the […]