About 350 years ago there were two mighty forces. The Marathas and the Mughals. They fought bitterly and both tasted victories and defeats. Compromises and diplomacy were also evidenced between them as it is seen today. And there were two great men – Aurangzeb for Mughals and Shivaji for Marathas.
Chhatrapati Shivaji the great was the founder of the Maratha Kingdom. He is being remembered even today for all his heroic acts and administrative capabilities. One of world’s tallest statues, which is being built at the Arabian Sea near the coast of Mumbai will make him continue to stand tall and inspire the generations to come.
Shivaji the great warrior king breathed his last the same day (3rd April) in the year 1680. Today as I reflect upon his greatness, though there are many one thing clearly stands out. What his fiercest enemy said about him when he heard about his death.
As per some historians the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb said
“From Kabul to Kandahar, my Timur family has been able to expand our kingdom. We conquered Iraq, Iran and Turkey. But to conquer India, Shivaji had been the greatest obstacle. I expended all of my energies and resources but couldn’t defeat him. Allah you gave me an enemy who had no fear. Now he is no more and coming to you – Please keep the gates of the heaven open”
Praise from an enemy is the greatest of all the commendations isn’t?