16th CE to 18th CE Caste Maratha Narmada to Krishna People Period Politics Polity Popular Culture Region Religion West of Kalyana

Who was Shivaji (शिवाजी कोण होता?) by Govind Pansare

The figure of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (1627-1680 CE) is one of the most influential in contemporary Maharashtra. His legacy is also deeply contested. The Hindutva movement has attempted to cast him as the restorer of a Hindu polity. In sharp contrast, in this talk Com. Govind Pansare draws on Bahujan traditions to present Shivaji as a peasant-king. That such contestations have a deep contemporary significance is apparent from the fact that Com. Pansare was assassinated in 2015.

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