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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, not Mughals, is our hero – CM Yogi Adityanath

CM Yogi Adityanath has, in keeping with his nationalist ideals, decided to name the upcoming museum at Agra after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire in Bharat who overthrew the Mughal dominance and kindled nationalism among several of Bharat’s ruling dynasties during his time.

CM Yogi made the announcement on Monday during a review meeting through video conferencing with regards to the progress of the development work of the Agra division where a Mughal Museum is under construction.

The Museum is being raised on the land belonging to the Cemented Pole Factory of the Electricity Department near Shilpagram. There will be eight galleries in all showcasing the architecture, handicrafts, and history of Agra among other things.

An entire gallery will be dedicated to Maratha rule Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which will house documents related to his connection with Agra and the time he spent there after being tricked into detention by Aurangzeb.

“Significantly, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had already given instructions to the officials to develop the sites related to Chhatrapati Shivaji. Recently, a meeting was held in Lucknow by the state’s Chief Secretary Tourism, Jitendra Kumar, to suggest a gallery in the museum related to Chhatrapati Shivaji, in which history, documents, and objects related to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Agra will be displayed” reports Zee News.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje’s stay in and escape from Agra is not just an important chapter in the history of the Marathas and Bharat but also a very significant turning point as attested by several historians.

Aurangzeb, who had been humiliated in his own court by Raje, had put the latter in detention at Fidai Khan’s mansion in Kothi Meena Bazaar Maidan. Had it not been for Shiv Chhatrapati’s quick thinking that had saved the day then the nascent Maratha kingdom would have been in some trouble of sorts.

But Maharaj was not only made of stronger stuff but also had the ability to think on his feet, a quality that allowed him to escape unscathed along with his men. The Agra escape shows not just his courage but also his wit and his foresight.

Maharaj’s escape was a huge embarrassment for Aurangzeb. It was an event that regretted till his last breath but most importantly this escape triggered a decision that marked the beginning of the end of the Mughals.

Following the escape, Aurangzeb shifted base to Deccan with the sea of the Mughal army in a bid to destroy Shiv Chhatrapati and his Hindavi Swaraj. However, despite spending the final 27 years of his life in the hope of destroying the Marathas, Aurangzeb could not succeed in taking away as much as an inch from either Maharaj or his equally brave descendants.

CM Yogi delivered an important message while making this announcement when he said “The symbols of slave mentality have no place in your new Uttar Pradesh. Our hero is Shivaji Maharaj. Jai Hind Jai Bharat”

We might as well expand his message of shaking off the slave mentality for the whole of Bharat. The new Bharat is one that takes pride in its Hindu heritage, a fact abhorred by those who have been distorting history for long.

And because there have been ample attempts at secularizing or de-Hinduizing Hindu Chakravartins where distorting their history is difficult, here is what historian Shri Jadunath Sarkar has to say about Shiv Chhatrapati:

The Maratha chief had an inborn repugnance to bending his head before a Muslim; he had been brought up in the freedom and solitude of hill and woodland, away from cities and Courts; he had imbibed the orthodox Hindu spirit from his mother and his tutor, from the comrades of his boyhood and the saints whom he adored; and he had risen to independent sovereignty without ever filling any subordinate post as the servant of a higher authority.”

The slave mentality that the CM spoke of has been propagated by these self-styled historians and those white-washing Islamic crimes. While the white-washing of Islamic history was started by post-independent Bharat’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and first Education Minister Islamist Maulana Azad, the likes of Guha, Irfan Habib, Romila Thapar et al contributed by watering down the heroics and achievements of Hindu Chakravartins.

For self-proclaimed historian Guha, the likes of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Rana Pratap, and others are merely ‘regional figures’. This shows both Guha’s intellectual bankruptcy and poor grasp of history.

Shiv Chhatrapati’s Hindavi Swaraj not just challenged the Mughal might but also put an end to its expansion in addition to inspiring several Hindu Empires across Akhand Bharat to rise up in resistance against the Mughals. Right from the Rajputs to the Ahoms every Hindu ruler took inspiration from Shiv Chhatrapati and overthrew the Mughals.

The rise of Social Media has bust several historical lies that is getting the goat of the Guhas, Thapars, and Habibs. As CM Yogi Adityanath has rightly put it “time for Bharat and Hindus to shake off mental slavery because Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is our hero and not the Mughals”.

All we need to do to shake off the mental cobwebs is to take a leaf out of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s book.

(Featured Image Source: Zee News)

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