Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hastings on the Marathas

“The Marathas possess, alone of all the people of Hindustan and Deccan, a principle of national attachment, which is strongly impressed on the minds of all individuals of the nation, and would probably unite their chiefs, as in one common cause, if any great danger were to threaten the general state.” ~ Warren Hastings in 1784

The Mughal Empire was finished after Aurangzeb’s death in 1707, and the Marathas became a potent political force in India, a symbol of Hindu nationalism, until the diplomatic and military success of the British in 1818. Between 1707 and 1818, despite the debacle they faced in the Battle of Panipat (1761), the Marathas came very close to uniting India.

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