Even today we need Chhatrapati Shivaji
1. Excellent leadership qualities of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
A. Skill in planning war strategy : Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj never took action without a well-thought study and planning. Only 50 of his soldiers entered the Lal Mahal in Pune to attack Shahista Khan, a chieftain of Aurangzeb. At that time too, the strength of their armies was – Shahista Khan 1,35,000 and Chhatrapati Shivaji 12,000. When Chhatrapati Shivaji was to meet Afzal Khan, a commander of Adil Shah, his own army consisted of 10,000 to 36,000 of Afzal Khan.
Be it the battle at Panhala of Kondoji Firjand or the valour of Shiva Kashid and Bajiprabhu Deshpande, all these events point to excellent war planning and strategy.
B. Excellent judge of men : Chhatrapati Shivaji considered Boru and Samsher equal. He was an excellent judge of men. The Brahmans (known for performing rituals) became lawyers in the foreign department. Chieftains like Bajiprabhu Deshpande left the kingdom of Adilshah and joined Chhatrapati Shivaji. What did they see in him ? How could men like Sambhaji Kavji Kondhalkar, Bahirji Naik etc. who seemed ordinary in the beginning showed great valour later ? Examples of such Mavalas and chieftains are plenty. They would not have been able to write the word ‘Swarajya (Self-rule)’, but they showed that they could create one ! Only 5-6 out of thousands of people in the vast army working for ‘Swarajya’ left Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
C. Discipline : When the chief of army Netaji Palkar arrived one day late, Chhatrapati Shivaji removed him from the position. Chhatrapati Shivaji removed three of his four Prime Ministers after enquiry for indiscipline.
D. Thrifty : When Chhatrapati Shivaji escaped from the house-arrest in Agra, the officers on the fort celebrated the event by firing cannons, which displeased him. Not that he was harsh by nature; but ‘Swarajya’ had just begun to take root and in such a situation, he did not like celebrations. He immediately formulated rules on the time and quantity of gun powder to be used for cannons and implemented it rigorously.
2. Remember that Chhatrapati Shivaji’s fight was against Islam’s religious invasion
Why should we deny that Chhatrapati Shivaji’s fight was against Islam’s religious and political invasion ? Had it not been so, Chhatrapati Shivaji would have accepted a high post in any of the kingdoms such as Mugal-shahi, Adilshahi, Nizamshahi, Bidarshahi etc. and would have been happily busy in executing various welfare plans there.
3. Today the country badly needs those who prepare for war and who can shoulder the responsibility of studying and planning war strategies
Taking into account the nature of the present times, it is neces-sary to say that the nationalists who work to serve the Nation very much like to place our Deities, Nation and Dharma on a high pedestal; but they avoid under-taking the painstaking study and planning of strategy required today. We come across many people who say as soon as the bugle is sounded, they will take to the battlefield; but who will prepare for war ? Who will sharpen the swords ? Everyone is ready to play role in a drama as soon as the curtain is raised; but who will take care of the arduous work to be done behind the curtain ? Today, the country badly needs those who are ready to shoulder this responsibility; not those who join the herd.
– Mr. Samar V Darekar, Pune (Weekly Vajradhri, Year 5, Issue 18, 7 to 13 July 2011)
(We pay obeisance to this great and valiant Hindu King on his Birth Anniversary. – Editor)
H.H.Dr. Athavale, Sanatan Sanstha