Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and. The publication of Laine’s book, Shivaji: Hindu King in the Bombay High Court, James Laine apologised for. India News: The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Bombay HC to lift the ban on the book by US author James Laine, which.

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NCP to form secular alliance without Cong. The legends of his life have become an epic story that everyone in western India knows, and an important part of the Hindu nationalists’ ideology. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Keluskar downplayed his connection with the saints and emphasized his appeal to followers of every caste, Lokmanya Tilak used him to support opposition to British rule, and M.

We have sent you a verification email. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony. 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.

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In Schmalz, Matthew N. Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community.

Though brief, it makes a significant contribution to the study of Indian history and religious studies. His predecessors and successors were more accommodationist, less heroic, and less well remembered. Different sub-groups, representing a range of religious persuasions, found it in their advantage to accentuate or diminish the importance of Hindu and Muslim identity and the ideologies that supported the construction of such identities.


It has been withdrawn from the Indian market and banned in Maharashtra, while a scholar was assaulted and the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune ransacked just because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 Great Conversation Belden C. Neither Muslims nor Hindus formed clearly defined communities, says Laine, and they did not shivai to each other as opposed monolithic groups. The complex intertwining of the religious and political in the present encouraged the construction of a simpler past, as “part of a general tendency to oppose a single universalistic Hinduism to a single monolithic Islam”.

James Laine traces the origin and development if the Shivaji legend from the earliest sources to the contemporary accounts of the tale. This page was last edited on 3 Novemberlain Retrieved from ” https: The earliest stories of Shivaji’s life, from the 17th century, present him as an epic hero. Oaine state government had approached the apex court after the High Court had in lifted the ban on the book on the petition filed by advocate Sanghraj Rupawate, documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and social activist Kunda Pramila.

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In one jaes 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 be adapted to other figures. All hurdles on the publication and circulation of controversial book — ” Shivaji – The Hindu King in Muslim India”, came to an end with the Supreme Court today shigaji the plea of Maharashtra government to ban it.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This thuggery is a depressing illustration of the extent of communalism in Indian politics, but also demonstrates the continuing significance of the Shivaji stories — and the need to understand their evolution and history.


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March External links: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Natural Law Anver M. Monsoon rains subside in north India. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In the second half of the 17th century, Shivaji rose from a minor chieftain to an independent king, founding the Maratha kingdom. The apex kames upheld the decision of the Bombay High Court to lift the ban on the book by American author James Lainewhich, according to the state government, contained material promoting social enmity.

Though too slender to be entirely self-contained, it includes enough background to be accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of modern Indian history.

Jatirao Phule used Shivaji’s story as “a way of advancing an antibrahmin reading of Maratha history”, emphasising his low-caste status, but “virtually every Maharashtrian writer after Phule saw Shivaji as the father of a nation, a liberationist”. These have become entwined with the construction of Maharahstrian, Hindu, and Indian identities, and Laine begins shivami these, and with the risks of attributing anachronistic self-identifications to Shivaji.

Featured Today In Travel. Read Post a comment. Moreover, the stories of their bravery were nowhere near as good. By studying the evolution of the Shivaji legend, Laine demonstrates, we can trace the development of such constructions in both pre-British and post-colonial periods.