He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony. Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. To read Shivaji's legend today is to find expression of deeply held convictions about what Hinduism means and how it is opposed to Islam. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter.
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Hindu King in Islamic India. Boundaries, Appropriations, and Resistances. Laine brilliantly elucidates that if one were to only read Shivaji's history as written by the Brahmins' excluding the Saraswat Brahmins, who were badly treated by the other BrahminsShivaji achieves greatness only because his Zhivaji advisors guided him. In Julythe Supreme Court of India upheld the lifting of ban,   which was followed by public demonstrations against the author and the decision. In this study Laine looks not at Shivaji directly, but at the stories that have been told about him and their development over the last booo and a half centuries.
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His predecessors and shivsji were more accommodationist, less heroic, and less well remembered. These have become entwined with the construction of Maharahstrian, Hindu, and Indian identities, and Laine begins with these, and with the risks of attributing anachronistic self-identifications to Shivaji.
Instead, we have a bunch of politicians who are seeking to further their own foundering careers by attacking him for merely writing, and as he mentioned it, what Brahmins joke about. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony.
He deserves accolades, not brickbats. In the second half of the 17th century, Shivaji rose from a minor chieftain to an independent king, founding the Maratha kingdom. Shivaji came from a "broken family", with separated parents, he shivaju had a harem, he showed no interest in the bhakti saints, his ambition was to build a kingdom, not liberate a nation, and he did little to change the "cosmopolitan Islamicate world" he lived in.
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James Laine's book does not denigrate Shivaji
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Laine's openness may explain some of the animosity: In one of the first studies to trace the longitudinal developments in the biography of a major precolonial figure of India, Laine employs an innovative approach that could well boom adapted to other figures.
Along with stories of his birth and boyhood, key episodes include the killing of Afzal Khan, the encounter with Shaista Khan, the escape from Agra, and his coronation.
James Laine is not a historian. His primary concern is to discover the meaning of Shivaji's life for those who have composed-and those who have read-the legendary accounts of his military victories, his daring escapes, his dhivaji with saints. Boo real tragedy is these people think they are the successors of Shivaji.
Retrieved 27 September Jatirao Phule used Shivaji's story as boo way of advancing an antibrahmin reading of Maratha history", emphasising jwmes low-caste status, but "virtually every Maharashtrian writer after Phule saw Shivaji as the father of a nation, a liberationist". NCP to form secular alliance without Cong. The Shivaji stories have played a key role in the construction of "Islam" and "Hinduism" in Maharashtra. I want Amitabh Bachchan to know that my father spoke about him till the end.
James Laine traces the origin and development if the Shivaji legend from the earliest sources to the contemporary accounts of the tale.
In the shivaj hundred and fifty years, biographies of Shivaji have expressed "a host of different political and cultural interests". Most of all, it should be read by the very same Maratha groups who claim the book insults Shivaji. Shivaji is undeniably a scholarly gook, however, and few of Laine's critics have engaged with its actual content.
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It has been withdrawn from the Indian market and banned in Maharashtra, while a scholar was assaulted and the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune ransacked just because of mentions in Laine's acknowledgements. The book does no such thing.