Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Home Opinions The Bharatiya Janata Party and the great Maratha Empire: Will history repeat itself again?

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the great Maratha Empire: Will history repeat itself again?

Almost 280 years after Peshwa Balaji Bajirao’s raid of Delhi, the BJP plans to conduct a Mahayagya to protect the country from the forces that seek to do it harm. The Mahayagya seems to have been consciously organized during the same period of the year in which the famed Peshwa marched to Delhi in 1737 in the month of March. Interestingly, another 5-day event is being planned in April on the lawns of the Red Fort titled ‘Hindu samrajya ki gauravgatha’ by the Raja Shivchhatrapati Mahanatya Aayojan Samiti.

There is a good reason for the celebration of the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj all of a sudden. The Legendary Maratha King can be credited with the founding of the last pan-Indian empire in the Indian subcontinent. The celebration of his life is, thus, an ode to the heritage and the history of our nation. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s devotion to the Maratha empire, which is in stark contrast to the negligence of it by the high and mighty of the Congress party, is an allusion to the BJP’s acknowledgement of what it perceives to be its position in history and its vision of the party’s mission for the future of our civilisation.

One of the most iconic images of Narendra Modi’s tenure as the Prime Minister of India is him addressing the public from the pulpit as a grand statue of the great Maratha king looked on contently. Narendra Modi shares certain commonalities with Shivaji Maharaj. Like the Maratha King, Narendra Modi is a Shakta Upasaka. Shivaji Maharaj was a devotee of Maa Bhavani and Prime Minister Modi is a devotee of Maa Bagalamukhi. When Chhatrapati Shivaji embarked upon his mission of establishing Hindavi Swaraj, almost all of India was under the rule of the Mughals. His arrival on the scene gave Hindus across the length and breadths of Bharatvarsha a great hope, a hope for a new dawn. Similarly, when Narendra Modi arrived on the national scene, the ebb of Dharma was at a historical low. There was a general sense of hopelessness in the nation and with Narendra Modi came the hope for better days, a hope for the dawn of a new era of prosperity. Of course, there can be no comparison between the abilities and achievements of the two. Any modern day politician, for all their achievements and even if they were doubled or quadrupled, will only appear a dwarf before the great Shivaji Raje.

Source: The Indian Express

After the thumping victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, many people had remarked on the uncanny similarity between the map of the states of India ruled by the saffron party and that of the Maratha Empire at its peak. A certain Hindu intellectual on Twitter had noticed the similarities between the map of the Maratha Empire and the electoral seats won by the NDA in the Lok Sabha elections on the date of the pronouncement of results itself.

We are living in very interesting times. As @ArmchairPseph pointed out on Twitter, in Turkey, we have a President who fashions himself after the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. In Russia, we have Vladimir Putin who is effectively a neo-Czar. In our neighbourhood, we have a new Emperor in China. Is it only a matter of time before an Indian politician treads a similar path? As Samuel Huntington rightly predicted, with the end of the Cold War and with the rise of the Asian nations, our ancient and medieval history will assume greater significance than it ever has at any time after the second world war. Even ten years ago, if someone had made the suggestion that there was a political party in India which fashioned itself as the ideological inheritor of the great Maratha Empire and wanted to tread the path that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had once bravely forged, we would have scoffed at him and branded him delusional. But with all the developments happening across the world, it gets more difficult with every passing day to treat such a decision with derision.

On its 69th Republic Day, India witnessed the tableau of Maharashtra pay tribute to the founder of the Maratha Empire with a representation of the coronation of the King. The coincidences are far too many to be considered random. Of course, one could say that it’s merely political rhetoric meant to whip up the fervour of nationalism already raging in the country. However, there is a certain ideological fortitude that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh commits itself to, however misplaced it may be, and the Bharatiya Janata Party, with its plethora of leaders who swear by Hindutva. Under such circumstances, it is extremely early to dismiss the numerous odes being paid to the Maratha empire as mere political posturing.

As I have mentioned several times in my previous articles, we are living in an age of chaos. And the events of the next two or three decades will determine the course of the world for the next couple of centuries at the very least. And for our Hindu Civilization, the next few decades will determine whether we will forfeit more land and fade away into the museums of the future or ensure our survival for many generations to come as a living, breathing civilization. For the good or bad, the Bharatiya Janata Party in general and Narendra Modi, in particular, will play a critical role in determining the future of Hinduism in the Indian subcontinent.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

K Bhattacharjee
Black Coffee Enthusiast. Post Graduate in Psychology. Bengali.

Related Articles

Trending now

“Dawood Ibrahim administrating legal, financial and mental attack on Republic TV, Arnab Goswami may face physical attack”: Former Bureaucrat RV Subramani

RV Subramani speaks on how Arnab Goswami touched the wrong nerve of Dawood Ibrahim and many politicians by reportage on Bollywood drug nexus

TeleMedicine: Technology bridging the doctor-patient gap to strengthen public healthcare system

Telecardiology helps connect cardiologists and patients in remote areas so that they could get timely report leading to proper diagnosis.

Bihar: The shocking story of Jungle Raj hidden in voter turnouts

The shocking story of Jungle Raj in Bihar no one told you.

Munger Police deactivates its Twitter account amidst claims of SP Lipi Singh being suspended over Durga Puja violence

SP Munger had earlier defended police action on devotees during the Durga Visarjan procession, claiming they provoked the force by pelting stones

NIA raids offices of Greater Kashmir and ‘activist’ associated with NGO that called Amarnath Yatra ‘militarised pilgrimage’

The NIA also carried out raids at the offices of another dubious NGO called 'Athroat', a houseboat named 'HB Hilton' in the Dal Lake and on the residence of 'activist' Khurram Parvez.

BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai’s widow writes to Priyanka Gandhi urging her to stop shielding Mukhtar Ansari, accused of killing her husband

Mukhtar Ansari is currently lodged in a jail in Punjab which is governed by Congress party, which has refused to transfer him to UP

Recently Popular

Faridabad: A month after college student Nikita files molestation complaint against Taufeeq, he shoots her dead

As per reports, the accused initially wanted to abduct the victim but killed her when she resisted him.

Nikita Tomar murder: Taufeeq was pressurising her to embrace Islam family alleges

On Monday, 21-year-old Nikita Tomar was shot to death in broad daylight outside the Aggarwal college in Ballabgarh, Faridabad

Chinese state-run channel shows the portrait of Prophet Muhammad, netizens ask if Muslim nations will boycott China

Arslan Hidayat, an Uyghur Rights Activist, took to Twitter shared a video of a Chinese TV series on Twitter in which it was depicted that an Arab ambassador visiting China during the rule of Tang dynasty gifts a portrait of the Prophet Muhammad to the Chinese emperor.

Charlie Hebdo mocks Turkish President Recep Erdogan in its latest cartoons, shows him lifting a skirt of woman wearing ‘hijab’

The front-page caricature of Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo that was released online on Tuesday night depicts Erdogan in a white T-shirt and underpants, drinking a can of beer and lifting up the skirt of a woman wearing a hijab to reveal her naked bottom.

Nikita Tomar murder: Main accused Tauseef belongs to a family of influential Congress politicians from Nuh in Haryana

The prime accused Tauseef's grandfather, uncles and cousin brothers are all infuential Congress politicians from Haryana's Nuh

YouTuber Lakshay Chaudhary levels serious allegations of fraud against Gaurav Wasan of Swad Official whose video on ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ had gone viral

Gaurav Wasan of Swad Official had uploaded a video about the financial difficulties faced by the elderly couple of 'Baba ka Dhaba'.
- Advertisement -

Republic TV issues statement condemning Mumbai Police summons to their investors in relation to the TRP scam

Republic TV said that crime branch has asked all investors of the channel to produce all financial transactions relating to last five years

Param Bir Singh tortured me with belt, Saffron Terror allegation was Congress conspiracy to paint India as a terrorist state: Pragya Singh Thakur

Pragya Singh Thakur said that Param Bir Singh and Hemant Karkare had tortured her the most when she was in the custody of ATS

Delhi government begins crackdown on Diwali, 11 anti-firecracker squads to be formed to prevent use of crackers other than ‘Green Crackers’

Delhi govt announced that an anti-firecracker campaign will be launched on November 3 ahead of the Diwali festival

“Dawood Ibrahim administrating legal, financial and mental attack on Republic TV, Arnab Goswami may face physical attack”: Former Bureaucrat RV Subramani

RV Subramani speaks on how Arnab Goswami touched the wrong nerve of Dawood Ibrahim and many politicians by reportage on Bollywood drug nexus

Watch: Pro-India accounts disrupt Pakistan’s anti-India online meeting on Zoom, play pro-Hindu and Indian nationalistic songs

Indic social media users caused embarrassment to Pakistani authorities and diplomats after they raided their online event on zoom

Lord Ram’s effigy burnt in Amritsar on Dussehra, case registered after BJYM and VHP members held protests

In a video of the incident, some people were seen burning an effigy of Lord Ram on the occasion of Dussehra

TeleMedicine: Technology bridging the doctor-patient gap to strengthen public healthcare system

Telecardiology helps connect cardiologists and patients in remote areas so that they could get timely report leading to proper diagnosis.

Adivasis and family of Gond tribal leader Komaram Bheem objects to his Muslim look in the upcoming ‘RRR’ movie

Komaram Bheem’s grandson Sone Rao said that the movie RRR depicting Bheem as Muslim is nothing but a 'distortion'

Bihar: The shocking story of Jungle Raj hidden in voter turnouts

The shocking story of Jungle Raj in Bihar no one told you.

CIC issues show-cause notice and summons after NIC, IT Ministry said in RTI reply that they do not have information on creation of Aarogya...

CIC asked how NIC does not have information about creation of Aarogya Setu App when it says it is designed, developed and hosted by it

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
470,365FollowersFollow
19,500SubscribersSubscribe