Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself. Shivaji book. Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the. Shivaji was a noble and virtuous hero from 17th-century western India. His legend is well known and has been retold, in several different versions, as it serves.

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Get this from a library! Shivaji: Hindu king in Islamic India. [James W Laine] -- Shivaji was a 17th-century hero in western India. His legend expresses deeply. CHARLES BURNETT, University of London. LAINE, JAMES W. Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India. New York: Oxford Uni- versity Press, viii+ pp. In his next book, Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India, Laine set out to . for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts Full Issue PDF Spring Volume 21 Number 2.

Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India

In another report Express News Service he is quoted as saying: Those who fed him [Laine] with the offensive information should be hanged by the government. If the government is unable to do so they should be handed over to us.

Kokate was apparently not arrested for these inflammatory remarks. These sections read : Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.

In it he describes his interest in Shivaji, his book, early reactions to it, and then the events that unfolded. He relates how, initially, the book "even ranked up with Hillary Rodham Clinton's in the local list of English-language bestsellers in Pune", and mentions: Back in Pune this summer, I saw a couple of bland but positive reviews in the Indian papers.

I thought, "As long as they don't get to the last chapter.

And yet no one has stepped forward to defend my book and no one has called for it to be distributed again. Few will read it for themselves. Instead, many will live with the knowledge that India is a country where many thoughts are unthinkable or, if thought, best kept quiet. As the article explains: Maratha organsisations supporting Sambhaji Brigade have now forced the Oxford University Press showroom in Pune to down shutters.

They told the employees there that No arrests were reported. The Express New Service report, PM flags off Mumbai campaign, opposes ban on Shivaji book , had it a bit differently, quoting the PM as saying: "If you do not like anything in a particular book, then sit and discuss it. Banning a book is not a solution, we have to tackle it ideologically If differences of opinion remain after a issue is discussed, the best way would be to come out with another good book on the subject" As the Times of India report also notes: "Ironically, the PM made this observation at a function to unveil a majestic statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Sahar airport precincts.

Indifferent to principles, at least one person shifted the focus to what is really at issue: "He should have kept mum, especially since elections are round the corner," a senior Sena leader present at the function told TNN. See also PM not happy with ban on book on Shivaji in Mid-Day Updated - 29 March : Unfortunately, once election time rolled around, Vajpayee began singing a different tune; see entry of 20 March.

January Politicians continued to seek to outdo one another in their defence of Shivaji. Antulay attacked Laine, "urging the government to take all necessary legal steps to punish him. He said Shivaji was the pride of India and Indians should not tolerate any humiliation of their heroes. Maratha Vikas Sangh has apparently set its sights even higher, having: filed a petition in the Bombay high court demanding that all documents at BORI be seized by the union government.

Refusing the let the James Laine controversy die down, MVS has also demanded censorship on all books that would be written on historical figures.

Shivaji: Hindu King In Islamic India

This demand for a quasi-Soviet approach to ensure that the historical record is kept This, despite a police warning against gathering at the institute on R-Day. Every protestor dropped a rupee coin in specially placed urns, as a token contribution towards the restoration of the institute.

It is unclear whether this is a move to remove the book from the market entirely including the US and the UK , or merely a defensive legal maneuver to preclude any liability claims. Not only that: he also felt it necessary to assure his listeners: "We are prepared to take action against the foreign author", and that this was "a warning to all foreign authors that they do not play with our national pride".

Unfortunately, the overeager Munde apparently never looked at the book in question: as The Times of India reported 21 March , Nehru's book: "contains no such derogatory remark. Jadhav: told reporters today that he was writing to Laine to summon him to India for questioning. If Laine refuses the "request," the police chief plans to move court. This at least got some international attention -- see the BBC's report, India seeks to arrest US scholar -- and again seems to have played very well in India, where everybody seemed to get really excited about possibly involving Interpol despite the fact that Laine's whereabouts are well-known ; see, for example, State to seek extradition of Shivaji author The Times of India, 23 March Unfortunately, as Vijay Singh noted at Rediff 27 March : Bringing Laine back: Easier said than done.

In fact, it is clear that Laine has not been charged with any extraditable offense. Updated - 29 March : With the calls for Laine's arrest at the end of March there has again been some international coverage, most notably Scott Baldauf's article, How a US historian sparked calls for his arrest - in India , in the Christian Science Monitor 29 March.

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What reactions there have been in the academic community do not appear to have made any impact or found any resonance outside those limited circles. There also appear to have been no calls to withdraw Laine's book, or ban it, anywhere outside India. The destruction of property, especially that which is unique and of historical significance, and the threats against scholars have been denounced in the press and in public. Prime Minister Vajpee's approach, as reported in the Times of India, seems to be the preferred one: "He said the "right way" to express disagreement was through discussion" -- though even some of his political allies denounced him for these statements and his opposition to the book-ban.

His legend expresses deeply held convictions about what Hinduism is, and how it is opposed to Islam. Through presenting specific points about the similarities of themes and the contexts in which this legend has been set, this book traces the origin and development of the Shivaji legend, examining its meaning for those who have composed and read it, and paints a complex picture of the Through presenting specific points about the similarities of themes and the contexts in which this legend has been set, this book traces the origin and development of the Shivaji legend, examining its meaning for those who have composed and read it, and paints a complex picture of the past four centuries of national identity, awareness of themes present during colonization, the influence of an author's experience in his narrations, and, most importantly, Hindu-Muslim relations.

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Email alerts New issue alert. It is. Shivaji's son Sambhaji named for the same Shambhu of Satara mentioned above adopted a pragmatic policy of recognizing a legitimating Muslim power. There in the south.