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Remembering Shivaji
Because of his struggle against an imperial power, Shivaji became an icon of freedom fighters (along with the Rani of Jhansi) in the Indian independence struggle that followed two centuries later. Shivaji remains a prominent figure...
Shivaji's Successors
In 1681, Sambhaji, one of Shivaji's two competing sons, had himself crowned and resumed his father's expansionist policies. To nullify any Rajput-Maratha alliance, as well as to resume his long relations with the Deccan Sultanates, in...
Maratha Empire
The Maratha Empire (also spelled Mahratta and also called the Maratha Confederacy), of India, was founded by Chhatrapati Shivaji in 1674 when he carved out an independent Maratha zone around Pune from the Bijapur Sultanate. After a...
Shivaji's rule
After his coronation, Shivaji launched a wave of conquests in southern India by attacking Mughal encampments in Berar and Khandesh. He defeated and captured the forts at Vellore and Jinji in modern day Tamilnadu. He also signed a...
Shivaji's rule
After his coronation, Shivaji launched a wave of conquests in southern India by attacking Mughal encampments in Berar and Khandesh. He defeated and captured the forts at Vellore and Jinji in modern day Tamilnadu. He also signed a...
Trip To Agra and Escape
In 1666, Aurangzeb summoned Shivaji to Agra, along with his six year old son Sambhaji. In Agra, on 12 May 1666 Aurangzeb made Shivaji stand with the lowly commoners in his court, an intentional insult. Deeply offended, Shivaji stormed out...
Raja Jai Singh (Military adventures)
The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was angered by Shivaji's activities, and sent a large army to finish him off for good, led by Raja Jai Singh of Amber. Shivaji was outnumbered and this time his usual guerilla tactics were successfully...
Military adventures (Afzal Khan)
Afzal Khan tried to garner support of local landlords of the mountainous region who nominally acknowledged the sovereignty of Adil Shahi or Nizam Shai but were militarily independent. But the powerful baron Kanhoji Jedhe helped Shivaji...
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shivaji Bhonsle, also known as Chhatrapati Shri Shivaji Maharaj (February 19, 1630 - April 3, 1680) was the founder of the Maratha empire in western India in 1674. Using guerrilla tactics superbly...
List of national languages of India
List of national languages of India Official languages (Central administrative) Hindi English (associate official) Recognized national languages of India (Scheduled list for official use) Assamese (official language of...
The languages of India
In all, there are 24 languages which are spoken by a million or more people, in addition to thousands of smaller languages. Besides the Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages, there are many Tibeto-Burman and Austro-Asiatic languages spoken...
Indian Mountains
A great arc of mountains, composed of the Himalaya, Hindu Kush, and Patkai ranges, define the Indian subcontinent. These mountains were formed by the ongoing tectonic collision of the Indian Plate with the Eurasian Plate which started...
Geographical regions of India
Geographical regions of India India is divided into seven geographic regions. They are The northern mountains including the Himalayas and the northeast mountain ranges. Indo-Gangetic plains Thar Desert Central Highlands and...
Political geography
India is divided into 28 states (which are further subdivided into districts), six union territories and the National Capital Territory of Delhi. States have their own elected government, while Union Territories are governed by an...
Indian Geography
The geography of India is extremely diverse, with landscape ranging from snow-capped mountain ranges to deserts, plains, hills and plateaus. Climate ranges from equatorial in the far south, to tundra in the Himalayan altitudes. India...
Art.
Kerala has a rich tradition in the arts, both classical and folk. In addition to the classical art forms like Koodiyattom (UNESCO Human Heritage Art), Kathakali, Kerala Natanam, Koothu, Mohiniyaattam Thullal, Padayani and Theyyam, Kerala...
Geography
Kerala is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. The states of Karnataka in the north and Tamil Nadu in the east are Kerala's immediate neighbours. Mahe, a part of the union territory of Pondicherry, is...
The Kashmir Dispute
Jammu and Kashmir was a princely state with a Muslim majority ruled by a Hindu Maharaja (king) Hari Singh until 1947. In 1947, when the Indian subcontinent achieved independence from United Kingdom, the Hari Singh could not decide...
Tourist attractions
The scenic setting of Kashmir itself has been a major tourist attraction despite the ever present danger. The mode of travel itself is a picturesque sight with many house boats and boat taxis ferrying passengers and goods alike. There...
Culture of Kashmir
Kashmiri lifestyle is essentially, irrespective of the differing religious beliefs, slow paced. Generally peace loving people, the culture has been rich enough to reflect the religious diversity as tribes celebrate festivities that...
Area and Subdivisions
Indian-administered Kashmir India controls approximately 45.5% (101,387 kmĀ²) of the disputed territory. Indian-administered Kashmir, known as the state of Jammu and Kashmir, includes 3 main regions: Kashmir Valley Jammu ...
History of Kashmir.
History of Kashmir. For history of Kashmir prior to the 19th century, see History of Kashmir. For information regarding on-going conflict see History of the Kashmir conflict Modern history Kashmir passed from the control of...

Kashmir is a region between the northern part of South Asia and the southern part of Central Asia. The term Kashmir historically described the valley just to the south of the westernmost end of the Himalayan mountain range. Politically,...
Political Economy
The Mughals used the mansabdar system to generate land revenue. The emperor would grant revenue rights to a mansabdar in exchange for promises of soldiers in war-time. The greater the size of the land the emperor granted, the...
Religion
The Mughal ruling class were jovial and clement Muslims, although many of the subjects of the Empire were Hindu. When Babur first founded the Empire, he did not emphasize his religion, but rather his Mongol heritage. Under Akbar, the...
Akbar
Akbar Akbar succeeded his father, Humayun (r. 1530-40 and 1555-56), whose rule was interrupted by the Afghan Sur Dynasty, which rebelled against him. It was only just before his death that Humayun was able to regain the empire and leave...
Babur of Ferghana
Babur of Ferghana Claiming descent from both Genghis Khan and Timur, Babur combined strength and courage with a love of beauty, and military ability with cultivation. Babur concentrated on gaining control of northwestern India. He...
The Mughal empire
India in the 16th century presented a fragmented picture of rulers, both Muslim and Hindu, who lacked concern for their subjects and who failed to create a common body of laws or institutions. Outside developments also played a role in...
The Mughal empire
India in the 16th century presented a fragmented picture of rulers, both Muslim and Hindu, who lacked concern for their subjects and who failed to create a common body of laws or institutions. Outside developments also played a role in...
Battle of Haldighati
Battle of Haldighati On June 21, 1576, Akbar attacked Maharana Pratap at Haldighati. Akbar's general was Man Singh Kacchwaha of Amber, leading an army of 40,000 men. Maharana had about 8 thousand men and some Bhil warriors. One of...
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