Tanhaji – A Magnificent & Seminal Breakout – A Great Thanksgiving Present

 

Our readers know what we mean by BrIndians – the Brit-servile Indians who still prefer to stay within the “safe zone” the British occupiers of India created by them. History books created by the British are still used by them to teach the history the British wanted to stamp on India forever.

A very big part of that stamp was the brainwashing that Mughals, the Timurid Mongols, were the rightful & even native rulers of India. A corollary of the brainwashing was that Muslims, from Afghan tribes who began invading India in 998 CE to the Uzbeki Timurid Mongols, were the true masters of India and the native “Hindoos” were supposed to be ruled by them.  And the British rule in India was presented as the natural successor to the Mughal rule. 

The British were not content with fabricating this mental cage for Indians, of “hindoos” as the British contemptuously called them. They systematically taught this to Indians via history textbooks mandated in school & college. To do so, they naturally had to diminish to the point of exclusion the resurgence of Indians from 1644 to the first couple of decades of the 19th century. 

The story is so phenomenal that it would have been hard to believe if detailed accounts had not been kept contemporaneously & afterwards. Otherwise, who would believe that a 14-year old boy, would step up with his childhood friends & take a solemn oath to Bhagvaan Shiva to build a free kingdom of Indians (Hindoos as the Muslims & British called them)?

 

1.A man for 1,000 years

This boy went on to build a kingdom in the mountainous region of Maharashtra, the state whose capital today is Mumbai. The people of Maharashtra under his leadership & because of his inspiration finally destroyed the Mughal regime by defeating the greatest & most diabolically shrewd Mughal ruler, Muhi-uddin Mohammed (self-described as Aurangzeb – jewel of the throne)

This was so unbelievable even as it was happening that the Portuguese Governor-General of Goa wrote to Lisbon in 1666 that “Shivaji’s accomplishment is so great that it can only be compared with Alexander “; so great that Britain’s Field Marshal “Monty” Montgomery (WWII fame) wrote in his book “a man like Shivaji comes along once in a thousand years. His enormous victory in 1657 against the greatest Muslim General in India at the Fort of  Pratapgad has been hailed as one of the 10 greatest battles in world history by a military author. 

 

            (Shivaji Maharaj Statue at Pratap-Gad)                                            (A rampart at Pratap-Gad)

 

The true greatness of a leader is not merely what he does but what his successors, his people do after he is gone. After his death, Muhi-uddin (Aurangzeb) himself came down to Maharashtra with over 250,000 soldiers & administrators with his massive Treasury to occupy the kingdom built by Shivaji MahaRaj & to destroy it completely as other Muslim rulers had destroyed every Indian kingdom since 998 CE. 

Guess what happened. The entire Mughal force was totally defeated in a 27-year war of attrition, the Mughal Treasury was bankrupted & Aurangzeb himself died in Maharashtra in 1707. That was virtually the end of Mughal rule in India.

Then after a dozen years of consolidation, a young man of 19 named Baaji-Rao became the Prime Minister to the grandson of Shivaji Maharaj. And he expanded the Marathi kingdom to the entire North India & made Delhi & the descendant Mughal ruler, his vassal.

(Baaji-Rao Peshva)

 

His young son, RaghuNath Rao took a cavalry army and went into what is today’s NaPakistan & captured all of it up to today’s boundary of Afghanistan. Look what the Maratha regime won in about 80 years after the death of Shivaji Maharaj.

 

2. The British exclusion of this period

The curse of Indian rule has always been heredity. After this level of success, the last couple of Peshva (Prime Minister) were men of low caliber & so were the last heads of the two main Commanders, Shinde & Holkar. Slowly the British, with the Indian soldiers they had collected, defeated these three pillars of the Marathi regime one by one.   

But a last scion, Nanasaheb Peshva, joined the soldiers of the British-Indian army to lead a revolution against the British in 1857. It was touch & go. But finally with help of two big Indian groups, this revolution failed. And England’s Victoria assumed control of India. 

But the British never forgot that the Marathi people were the most dangerous for them and they began a sustained campaign to destroy all symbols of the victorious Marathi greats. The upper section of the Pratagad fort was pulled down & destroyed. [After independence, a statue of Chhatra-pati Shivaji Maharaj was built & installed at that site (see the photo above)]

And the headquarters complex built by Bajirao Peshva (see clip above) in 1732 was burnt down by the British & all that remains is the garden. 

   (all that remains of Shanivaar-Wada) 

 

This was smart, not dumb. Remember the British goal was to brainwash Indians into believing that they were always destined to be ruled by foreigners, Mughals & British. Living symbols of Indian resurgence & domination for over 150 years (longer actually than the British rule over India) had to extinguished.  

And this mandate has been faithfully carried out by the BrIndians in India beginning with Nehru, the Brit-servile & first prime minister of physically independent India & by his dynasty since then. 

If you doubt us, ask any of your Indian origin friends about what we describe above. Their ignorance will show you how successful the brainwashing has been. 

 

3. Emerging Mental Independence of India

We described the 2014 election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the beginning of the mental independence of Indians. Two years later, came the opulent, magnificent film on Baaji-Rao Peshva, the Marathi conqueror of the North.

 

But this opulent & brilliantly acted film was mainly a love story, a tragic love story of massive geopolitical consequences. The battle scenes & the diplomacy involved were only featured in the first 10 minutes of the film. 

That made us wonder if the canard spread by Javed Akhtar, the famous Bollywood screenplay writer & lyricist, was true, the canard being that the Bollywood viewer will ONLY watch love stories.

Then came Mid-November 2019, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

 

4. Tanhaji – the first true war film from Bollywood – a true & great breakout 

Going back to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, there are several absolutely amazing war stories that have been recorded since that time. Remember the Marathi army was small & the Muslim occupier armies were much much larger by comparison. So the strategy was to own, build & capture mountain top forts in the region, each fort securing the surrounding countryside.

But the Mughal & regional Muslim sultanates were not dumb. Their forts were well guarded & well staffed with soldiers. The Shivaji Maharaj strategy was not to attack them head-on with his smaller attack forces. The strategy was a commando type strike, often in the late hours of the night by climbing the mountain walls that were Mughals thought were impossible to climb. The ferocity of the attack & the complete surprise in the dead of the night was the key to victory. 

The most heavily defended fort was Kondhana, a majestic fort on the top of a hill that overlooked the city of Pune, the main city of Shivaji Maharaj. The Mughals had staffed it with cannons & their absolute crack troops of Afghani Pushtuns ( same guys who make up today’s Taleban) and north Indian Rajputs famous for their skill & bravery. The Marathi forces respected both & said of Rajputs that their bodies keep fighting even if their heads are cut off. And the Mughals chose Udai-Bhaan, a extremely skilled & dangerous Rajput, as commandant of Kondhana. His regime was so strict that it was said even a bird needed his permission to fly over Kondhana.  

But Kondhana had to be taken. So Tanhaji, a commander in the army & a childhood partner of Shivaji Maharaj, took up the gauntlet. He took 500 Marathi warriors & scaled the vertical cliff at the back of the fort in the dead of night in a surprise attack on 1,500 crack Rajputs & Pushtuns. The ferocity of the battle is now deemed legendary. Tanhaji lost his life but his forces won control of Kondhana. A grieving Shivaji Maharaj said “Gad Aala pan Simha Gela (we got the fort but lost the lion)“. In his memory, the fort was renamed Simha-Gad.

This is a story that we have learnt since early childhood like hundreds of thousands of Marathi people. But very few in North India had heard of this great battle until last week. 

Very soon, the name Tanhaji & the greatness of the Marathi regime will be known to & celebrated by all India. Because Bollywood has now presented this story in a magnificent 3D film named Tanhaji, a film that is obviously a work of deep passion. Om Raut, the Marathi director, has lived this story from his childhood like so many of us. He told the story to veteran Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn. Mr. Devgn was stunned. The two came together to make the first all-war film of Bollywood, a magnificent work of passion. They released the first trailer a few days ago.  And the reaction was unheard of. 

 

As we write this, over 47 million views have been registered for the 3-minute preview/trailer below. You are crazy or stupid if you don’t watch it.

 

At least based on the trailer, Ajay Devgn has lived the role of Tanhaji Malusare and his opponent Udai-Bhaan has been played by another veteran Saif Ali Khan, himself of Afghani Pushtun origin. 

We have watched this trailer over a dozen times & we loved it even more every time we watched it. The dialog is superb & absolutely true. It reaches the heart, at least our heart. We just can’t wait for January 10, 2020 to watch it on IMAX 3D in Times Square in Manhattan. 

This one film alone will defeat the 300-year old intense effort by the Brits & Brit-servile Indians from extinguishing this glorious history which has enormous significance to India going forward. Already, the American-British-media led faux-liberal army in India is abusing this film & its creators. Led by Bloomberg Quint, they are burning themselves in panicked outrage. 

We hope US diplomats in the State Department & in the US think tanks watch this film. They may realize that every thing they think they know about India is wrong. The India that makes Tanhaji successful is not the India of Nehru & west-servile Indians. 

Thank you Ajay Devgn for releasing this trailer for Thanksgiving. Besides you & your team, we must all truly thank Shivaji Maharaj, Tanhaji Malusare & all the Marathe who fought like tigers & gave independence to India.   

 

PS: Almost every reader has heard of or seen the Hollywood production of 300, the story of 300 Spartans defending the passageway at Thermopylae. Well, on July 13, 1660, about 250 Marathi soldiers led by Baaji-Prabhoo defended the narrow passage (Khind) at Ghod-Khind against a Muslim army of Pushtuns & African black warriors called Siddis while Shivaji Maharaj ran with another 250 Marathi soldiers to get into the Fort of Vishalgad. Baaji-Prabhoo had promised Shivaji Maharaj that not one Muslim soldier would cross the passageway until Shivaji Maharaj & his 250 Marathi guards ran 38.5 miles to Fort Vishalgad & fired cannons 5 times. Baaji Prabhoo succeeded but died of his numerous wounds in the battle. In his honor, the passage (khind) was named Paavan-Khind or Sacred Khind. We hope that the film on Tanhaji will be followed by an equally magnificent film on Baaji-Prabhu & PaavanKhind. 

 

(Baaji-Prabhoo statue at Paavan-Khind)                                               (Paavan-Khind today) 

 

 

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