Who was Shivaji?: Govind Pansare
Book titled “Who was Shivaji?” authored by Govind Pansare came in news in first week of March 2016. It came in news because of Shiv Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which was celebrated across Maharashtra on 19 February 2016.
Introduction of the book was written by Anirudh Deshpande and Afterword was written by Prabhat Patnaik.
The book focuses on historic evidences which are mostly ignored or overshadowed by other historic adventures of Shivaji. It also provides a new perspective on a popular hero of Indian history, which is very important to understand the great personality of the King.
The book questions the way in which dominant Maratha historiography enforced modern, that is, colonial and post-colonial, religious categories on a past where people lived and did things differently compared with the age of modernity.
The authors through the book have tried to rationally re-interpret the facts of Shivaji’s career and show how anyone can interrogate the past.
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