Thursday, October 1, 2015

Execution of Sambhaji by Aurangzeb

Execution of Sambhaji by Aurangzeb
ShankhNaad's photo.

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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was one of the first persons who presented an open threat to Aurangzeb, harassing the Mughals with his guerilla tactics. He was one of the few who stood up to Aurangzeb's harassment of Hindus, opposed the re introduction of Jiziya tax, and was a thorn in his flesh, in the Deccans,turning the Marathas from a fighting force into a full fledged kingdom.
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When Shivaji passed away in 1680, his son Sambhaji took over as the ruler, and continued his father's relentless struggle against the Mughal empire. Sambhaji giving shelter to Md.Akbar, Aurangzeb's 4th son, during his revolt against his father, only aggravated the hatred he had for the Marathas.
After his defeat at Wai in 1687, Sambhaji took refuge in the Western Ghats along with his friend and advisor Kavi Kalash. However when some of the Marathas betrayed Sambhaji's position, he was captured by the Mughals and bought before Aurangzeb. Sambhaji along with Kavi Kalash was dressed as a buffoon, and made to endure mockery and insults from the Mughal soldiers there.
Sambhaji was given a choice to convert to Islam and spare his life, which he refused. Sambhaji was tortured to death, in the worst possible manner, his eyes and tongue plucked out first,nails removed, then being skinned alive. And finally along with Kavi Kalash, his limbs were hacked one by one, and finally his corpse being thrown. The severed heads of Sambhaji and Kavi Kalash were stuffed with straw and displayed as a warning.
Post independence, our history was written by leftists. They referred to the cruel Aurangzeb as the - Last Great Mughal Emperor, in our school books. Aren't we insulting our great warrior Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj and every Hindu by allowing them to do this ?