Maharana Pratap's life was far more intriguing than contemporary political narratives will perhaps allow. His continuing currency in 21st-century India is evident not only from his reincarnation in TV serials, songs and poems, but also from the academic controversy around his military exploits, which flared up as recently as last year. In July , the history department of Rajasthan University stirred up a furious debate when it recommended a book to its postgraduate students, presenting them with a contested version of the outcome of the Battle of Haldighati in Earlier this year, Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, building on the same theme, held up Pratap as an icon of moral uprightness at a function organized by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The reality, as historian and archaeologist Rima Hooja shows in her book, Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior, was far more complicated to allow for such pat, self-serving appropriation. The typical Rajput code of accepting defeat involved committing shaka by the men who fought unto death and jauhar by the women and children who immolated themselves to escape dishonour at the hands of the conquering enemy.
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Maharana Pratap of Mewar was defiant and did not want to lose his independence. Frustrated Akbar sent his massive army led by Mansingh a Rajput too to take Mewar by force. The two armies met in the battlefield of Hal In mid s Akbar the Mughal emperor of India, in his bid to consolidate his empire, had entered into agreements with Rajput kingdoms except that of Mewar.
The two armies met in the battlefield of Haldighati, a small village about 50 KM from Udaipur. On June 18, , a bloody battle took place in which Rana Pratap riding his legendary horse Chetak, displayed such a super-human resolve and valor, that it become forever entrenched in the psyche of Indian people. Haldighati is an epic written by Shri Shyam Narayan Pandey that covers all aspects of this battle.
The epic has an amazing grace to it and an electrifying quality that has made it an evergreen classic in Hindi literature. The sheer flow of the narration, choice of words and the gripping rhythm in this epic have few parallels in Hindi literature. He was awarded the Dev Puraskar for Haldighati. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Maharana Pratap: from Haldighati to Hindutva
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The Mughals were the victors and inflicted significant casualties among the Mewaris but failed to capture Pratap, who escaped. The Siege of Chittorgarh in had led to the loss of the fertile eastern belt of Mewar to the Mughals. However, the rest of the wooded and hilly kingdom was still under the control of the Rana. Akbar was intent on securing a stable route to Gujarat through Mewar; when Pratap Singh was crowned king Rana in , Akbar sent a number of envoys entreating the Rana to become a vassal like many other Rajput leaders in the region.
Battle of Haldighati
Haldighati is a mountain pass between Khamnore and Bagicha village situated at Aravalli Range of Rajasthan in western India which connects Rajsamand and Pali districts. The pass is located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Udaipur. The name 'Haldighati' is believed to have originated from the turmeric -coloured yellow soil of the area. Turmeric is haldi in Hindi.