Hello, my name is
Seema Kale. Starting today, I will be translating Hindi and Marathi
novels for newsindia readers. I am from Maharashtra, and as such am
very fond of King Shivaji. Thus I will be starting this project with a
translation of a novel “Shriman Yogi” by Mr. Ranjeet Desai, which is
based on Shivaji’s life and career.
Since this is a new
project, I would like to receive comments from all the readers. Please
send your comments and suggestions to
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Before we go to the
actual novel I would like to give you some background information
about Shivaji and his contemporaries.
This period of
history unfolded during early to late 1600s. There were about 500
Royal families in India at the time. India was ruled by Muslim
sultans-- northern India by Sunni Moguls and southern India by Shiite
AdeelShah, and Nizam. Most of the Hindu Royal families at the time
were somehow connected to these Muslim dynasties, and were not in
charge of their own states. Shivaji stands alone between them as the
only person who created a Hindu state where there was none. He did
neither military nor financial backing from either Muslim dynasty;
rather, he faced resistance from all sides. He fought consistently for
29 years for this Hindu state, and became beloved of one and all.
Shahaji was born in 1602. Shahaji served Adeelshah and Neezam for
most of his life. His loyalty was only towards himself not towards
those he served. His agenda was to keep northern Sunni Muslim Mogul
dynasty at bay with the cooperation between southern dynasties.
Shivaji later on
followed the same policy.
wife – not his favorite one, due to the falling out between him and
his father-in-law Maloji, was Jijabai. Jijabai had six children all
together, but only two of them lived to adulthood. The elder one was
Sambhaji, and the younger one Shivaji. Jijabai was abandoned by
Shahaji for all practical purposes. He lived in southern state of
Karnataka while Jijabai was left behind in Maharashtra.
Shahaji sent Dadoji
Konddev – one of his trusted servants – to take care of Jijabai and
baby Shivaji. He put him in charge of city of Pune and surrounding
territories which were under his care at the time. And this is where
Shivaji grew up this is where seeds of free Hindu state were sewn.
Certain people and
certain incidents from this period are important to understand for
enjoyment of this novel.
After destroying Yadav dynasty Malik
Kafir tried to take over the valley of Jawali in Maharashtra. Even
after fierce fighting he did not win and so he and future Muslim kings
adopted a policy of leaving the caretaker of Jwali named Chandrakant
More alone. Shivaji recognized the importance of this valley early on
and was on friendly terms with More family. When elder More died,
Shivaji named his adopted son Krishnarao as a hire, sidestepping his
natural son Yashvantrao. Yashvantrao was getting more and more
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