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    where will i get a good book on maratha history?


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    The references given on the relevant Wiki pages might be a good start.
    Maratha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Maratha Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And then Amazon.


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    The fact of the matter is that the brahmins coronated Shivaji as King of Hindus. I am completely and overtly sympathetic of the saffron brigade. One should only read the atrocities committed by muslims on hindus in the one thousand year old rule of muslims in India. Not only did the Muslims destroyed and desecrated Hindu temples but some of the Muslim rulers even raped Hindu MEN. Rape, slaughter and forcible conversion was rampant in India. These values? of rape, slaughter and forcible conversion were also practiced by the Pakistani Muslims during partition of India. Regarding Shivaji I would say that he too was against Marathas like Sawants of Sawantwadi, Ghorpades of Mudhol, Mores of Javali. Sambhaji the son of Shivaji was betrayed by his own brother-in-law Ganoji Shirke. There are many good things that Shivaji brought in Maharashtra the most progressive state of India. He was alert and cared about his proleteriat. He is also known as a Farmer King for his treatment of farmers. Shivaji was a virtuous ruler who dispensed justice without looking at the caste of people. Shivajis ministers were Brahmins as well as his advisors. As to the potential of lower castes it is yet to be seen . We only see the 'Natrang' type treatment meted out to brahmins by the lower castes. This is considered by most lower caste people as equality.
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    I think the Indians have racial outlook. The lower castes especially have got low self esteem because of their skin colour. They vote some secular parties as these parties are represented by non-brahmin caste who belong to same race as the lower caste. We have got to remember that the Brahmins have Aryan blood in them. The brahmins also have racial variety but racial mixing ended 2000 years ago according to one study. Most of the people India need leaders from minority community who are white. The Gandhi family fulfills this need As to the message of Ahimsa(non-violence) spread by secular parties. These parties are non-violent towards Muslims only because of historical reasons.
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    Shivaji instilled confidence in Marathas that they can fight and win. Shivaji was a very observant leader. Shivaji brought reforms in the policy regarding military. Shivaji was also a good human being who showed respect to women folk in his kingdom. Shivaji defeated Afzal Khan one of Adilshahs great sardars. Shivaji was expert in guerilla warfare. He knew thw strengths and weaknesses of his enemy. Shivaji was coronated as savior of Hindus by Kashi brahmins. The Bhonsale clan was accepted as "Kshatriya" clan by the Hindus. The 96 clans of Marathas may have fought with Shivaji but they were not accepted into the "Kshatriya" fold. These clans had varying and wavering loyalties and this may be the reason why they were not considered kshatriyas.
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    Shivaji was a rebel. He understood that the common man had to be involved in the fight for Swaraj. He brought in a completely new set of administrative values. It is a fact that Shivaji was the only Hindu king who was capable of fighting with the Mughals and Adilshah. Shivaji had employed the best men in the fight for Swaraj. We must remember that he was a great visionary and had his own fleet. Shivaji had foresight and knew that the foreigners like Portugese, British, French and Dutch would one day fight with the Hindustanis for trade supremacy. Shivaji was a perfect administrator.
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    You seem to be sympathetic toward Shivaji, who was a warrior, yet your signature is "believer in ahimsa." How do you reconcile this apparent discrepancy?
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    I am viewing Shivaji in some context. The context in which Shivaji rose from needs to be understood. Hence the sympathy.
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