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Maharana Pratap: The Warrior With Never Say Die Attitude

Maharana Pratap was born on 9 May 1540 to Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodiya clan of Rajputs, the rulers of Mewar

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  • Maharana Pratap’s name goes in the immortal history of heroism and determination
  • It was in this battle that Maharana Pratap’s beloved and trusted horse Chetak was wounded in his hind leg
  • On the strength of his small army, many times Maharana Pratap attacked the enemies and defeated them

Maharana Pratap was a man of strong Rajput character; he was far more brave and chivalrous than any of his siblings. He was known for his kind-heartedness and just decision making and won him hearts of even his enemies. Maharana Pratap was the only ruler of India that did not give in to the Mughal invasion and for the same reason; he is credited as the most celebrated ruler of the country to this day.

Battle of Haldighati

During the famous battle of Haldighati, Maharana Pratap’s own brother, Shakti Singh, helped him in escaping the battlefield. The heroic Battle of Haldighati was fought in June 1576 saw 22,000 Rajput warriors fighting against more than two lakh Mughal soldiers led by Raja Man Singh and Asaf Khan. It is believed that this battle between Maharana Pratap and Akbar proved to be devastating like the Mahabharata war. However, in this war neither Maharana Pratap was defeated nor Akbar could win. In spite of their strength, the Mughals were not able to imprison Rana who fled through a 40-kilometre long pass. The Mughal continued with their attacks on the Rajput army even after Haldighati war and it weakened Pratap’s army. Gradually, Pratap was left with no money to support his army and it was his minister Bhama Shah who came to his rescue and gave all his wealth to Maharana Pratap.

Chetak had blue eyes and that is why Maharana is often referred as 'Rider of the Blue Horse'. Wikimedia Commons
Chetak had blue eyes and that is why Maharana is often referred as ‘Rider of the Blue Horse’. Wikimedia Commons

Brave Horse chetak

It was in this battle that his beloved and trusted horse Chetak was wounded in his hind leg. Chetak jumped over the 26 feet long groove. Before breathing his last, Chetak delivered Maharana Pratap to safe ground.

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After that, he took refuge in the Aravalli hills and the Bhil tribals of the Aravallis supported Maharana during the time of adversity. While in exile, Maharana Pratap perfected his art of war tactics like guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy and light horse tactics which eventually helped him win back Mewar. Records also state that during his exile, Maharana Pratap was once at breaking point.

His name goes in the immortal history of heroism and determination.

During his fight against Akbar, Maharana Pratap told his soldiers, “My brave warrior brothers, our Motherland, this holy land of Mewar, are still under the clutches of the Mughals. Today, I take an oath in front of all of you that till Chittor is freed, I will not have food in gold and silver plates, will not sleep on a soft bed and will not stay in the palace; instead I will eat food on a leaf-plate, sleep on the floor and stay in a hut. I will also not shave till Chittor is freed. My brave warriors, I am sure that you will support me in every way by sacrificing your mind, body and wealth till this oath is fulfilled.”

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Take a look at some of the facts that dignify the life of one of the immortal king of India: 

  1. Maharana Pratap was born on 9 May 1540 to Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodiya clan of Rajputs, the rulers of Mewar.
  2. Against his father’s wish, Maharana Pratap became the ruler of Mewar. His father wanted his favourite son Jagmal as his successor. But the senior nobles of Mewar decided that Maharana Pratap was the first son and rightful successor should be crowned king.
  3. Maharana Pratap was honoured with the title of ‘Leonidas of Rajasthan’, given by the famous British antiquarian, Colonel Tod.

    The heroic Battle of Haldighati was fought in June 1576 saw 22,000 Rajput warriors fighting against more than two lakh Mughal soldiers led by Raja Man Singh and Asaf Khan. Wikimedia Commons
    The heroic Battle of Haldighati was fought in June 1576 saw 22,000 Rajput warriors fighting against more than two lakh Mughal soldiers led by Raja Man Singh and Asaf Khan. Wikimedia Commons
  4. On the strength of his small army, many times Maharana Pratap attacked the enemies and defeated them.
  5. If we go by the history then Maharana Pratap was called ‘Kika’ in his childhood.
  6. To honour the deeds of Maharana Pratap’s horse Chetak, a temple has also been built, which is still safe in turmeric.
  7. It is said that even after realizing the strength of Akbar, Maharana Pratap didn’t bow before him. Although, Akbar sent many messages to Maharana Pratap and tried to merge Mewar in his kingdom.
  8. Maharana Pratap stood at 7 feet 5 inches and weighed around 110 kilograms. Having such a robust personality, he carried spear weighing 81 kilograms, the armour of his chest weighed 72 kg and the overall weight of his attire including two swords weighed up to 208 kilograms. Maharana Pratap’s sword and armour are still kept safe in the museum of Udaipur Raj Gharana.
  9. In total, Maharana Pratap had 11 wives, 17 sons and 5 daughters. His first wife, Maharani Ajabde Punwar was his favourite. They got married in 1557 and their first son and successor Amar Singh I was born in 1559.
  10. To strengthen Rajput unity, Maharana Pratap married many Rajput princesses.
  11. Once, Maharana Pratap son, Amar Singh arrested women from the Mughal camp along with other prisoners and brought them to his kingdom. On knowing it, Maharana Pratap rebuked his son for this act and ordered to send women back to their camp with escorts.
  12. The army of Maharana Pratap attempted to recapture Chittor that had been captured by Mughals.
  13. The Mughal forces led by Akbar conquered Chittoor, Gogunda, Kumbhalgarh and Udaipur. It was only Maharana Pratap who didn’t put down his arms before Akbar.
  14. To the surprise of many people, Chetak had blue eyes and that is why Maharana is often referred as ‘Rider of the Blue Horse’.
  15. Maharana Pratap died at the age of 57, after sustaining an injury while hunting.
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Padmavati and The Modern Time’s Playboys

The movie 'Padmaavat' was finally launched on 25th of January after quite an uproar by the Rajput community

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The movie ‘Padmavat’ has been in news and creating a wave of the storm since the time of its inception. Wikimedia Commons
The movie ‘Padmavat’ has been in news and creating a wave of the storm since the time of its inception. Wikimedia Commons

By Salil Geawli

Every community has its own viewpoint on a social issue. That usually varies with the time. What was considered too outrageous some thirty years ago is pretty normal now. Why? Then it calls for a serious introspection vis-a-vis the social changes, and our acceptance of lot many things. Well, we love to consume now anything which is seemingly mouth-watering, even though they may cause social indigestion and spiritual anaemia.

No wonder the almost entire educated world condemned the ‘Karni Sena’ or Rajput community because they vehemently resisted a Bollywood film on Padmaavat. These puritan Rajput folks felt sorely upset because they consider their beloved queen Padmavati in the cinematic screen very sacrilegious. For ages, the queen of Mewar has been held in high esteem, more precisely, as the “paramount pride” of the Rajput, apart from others in the country. What rubbed salt in their wound was when the Supreme Court finally upheld the ‘freedom of expression’ and issued a decree that all states’ governments should ensure the screening of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s  film in their respective cinema halls. It seems the judicatory has almost lost its human perspective by paving way for the evil to raise its ugly head.  As expected, this triggered a series of backlashes. The Rajputs lost their sanity. They went on a rampage. They vandalized the public properties, burn a vehicle, pelted stones at a school bus, which was very uncalled for and inhumane too. Yes, historical records also caution us – ‘the fury of inferno and fury of crowds could always be disastrous’ — which our honourable judges fail to analyse and take the decision sensibly. Who will disagree, when the cherished “pride” is hurt the crowds go crazy!

Also Read: Everything You Needs To Know About The Ban On ‘Padmaavat’ Movie and It’s Review

Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons
Presently, the ‘Karni Sena’ is headed by Lokendra Singh. Wikimedia Commons

Phew, freedoms of expression and flagrant entertainment at the cost of the social chaos? Is a “fleeting sense pleasure” of Bollywood films more important than the social harmony and peace? This is the height of foolishness. How did our judges earn the academic degrees that they miss to understand the language of humanity? Needless to say, our advanced folks are often heedless to the hostile consequences that could arise due to the clashes of opinions and belief systems and basic human values and ethics. Should the educated and leaders in power not strive to create the atmosphere to strengthen the bond of relationship with those we have been living with for centuries?

I am afraid, these days most the educated believe that it’s no big deal even if the sharp edge of “mutual antagonism” punctures the social fabric. If any controversial issue, we make it legally justified overnight. Our motive is so narrow, our desire so self-centred. We brutally claim that no one has right to disturb our enjoyment of fun and frolic, be it at the cost the values and belief system of our fellow brothers.   This is how we refuge to forgo any short-lived entertainment. In order to meet this ‘demand and supply’, we have a swarm of our skillfully crafty people who churn out a whole lot of titillating cinemas, even by inviting the voluptuous stars from Canada and USA and serve them to us hot. The endless smutty acts of Sunny Leone have long brought millions into the gutter of pornography. Its adverse effect will be more visible after five to ten years from now. But against such depravity we are silent. If ever any protest from any front we will cry to the hilt in their defence. Who else can defeat us? Our defensive vocabulary has been well enriched by the ‘freedom of expression’. We have at our disposal the invincible media and techno academia to bang the table!

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Look at how we came out victorious. The film ‘Padmaavat’ got released. And, we all have enjoyed the despotic invader being glamorized here, and many of us have now been applauding this “brutal playboy” through our write-ups. This is how we justify anything outrageous and feel like we are the modern times Khilji!

In the star cast of the movie Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Rani Padmaavat. Wikimedia Commons
In the star cast of the movie Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Rani Padmaavat. Wikimedia Commons

Now let’s get down to the reality of the matter. At least with a little humane sensibility! Do any of our elites like to be “reminded” about anything ugly concerning their parents/ancestors or ones they hold in high esteem? Does it not upset any children if they would be “reminded” that their father was once very boisterous drunkard and gambler, and the mother was slyly chased after by a number of next door neighbours? Do these children then appreciate if any opportunistic person makes a film on that? I don’t think the children will ever tolerate which “remind” them of “past sleaze”.

Then how could we expect the Rajputs or others to tolerate to be “reminded”, most particularly, through the big-screen, that their “mother of pride” Padmavati was once “madly lusted after” by a lecherous Khilji? How could they endure to be haunted again that their “paragon of virtue and pride” was once about to be amorously desecrated by the over sensual invader from far off land? Could we forget the film PK where Lord Shiva was apparently insulted? Can a self-righteous director Rajkumar Hirani think of making a film denigrating his father and mother in the same manner?

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Yes, one’s prudence says, that our mind has been heavily “invaded” now by a whole lot of brutally lustful khiljis. And as a result of which we have only been becoming less accommodating, and more hurtful to others and human values. Even the Judiciary courts come forward to support all such wanton Khiljis. (Mahesh Bhatt, R. Hirani, Pooja Bhatt, Sunny Leone…).

Anyway, lastly, one wishes —  may the sacrificial Jauhar of brave Padmavati never fail to inspire the Rajputs and us. At least to uphold the spirit of righteous courage and values and save ourselves from the evil of the modern times playboys.