- Oct 2015
Dear Kandal,I have seen such maps. They only show the marauding range of the Marathas across India, after the collapse of the Mughal empire. . . . .As I noted earlier, when it comes to defeating the Muslim conquerors and rulers of India, there is an absence of victors from the Hindu side. .... It is an effort, in vain, to make heroes out of those who were not heroes, like the Marathas and Rajputs, simply because they are Hindus. It doesn't look good on Hindus or Hinduism.
Thanks, noted your views.
It is true that Marathas took to extracting revenues because Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb slowly but consistently divested them of all their forts. He died in 1707.
It is also true that credit for subduing the disintegrated pieces of Mughal Empire, “Muslims” as you say, belongs to British. This involved defeating Siraj-ud-daula in c. 1857 and then Tipu Sultan in c. 1799. In fact more, the credit for defeating the disintegrated Maratha Confederacy (c. 1818) as well as that for subduing Sikh Empire after death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (c. 1851) also goes to British.
However, there are 111 years in the interregnum from 1707 to 1818, which period almost equal to 127 years of British dominance in India (1820-1947). The 111 years were eventful just like the 127 (1857 rebellion, two World Wars). One needs to go into details of what happened in these 111 years to arrive at conclusions you are trying to give.
Issue is not primarily to to make heroes out of someone (Marathas / Hindus / Muslims / British / Pakistanis). It is about exact course of events which only a detailed study of 111 years reveals.