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Old January 2nd, 2016, 10:43 PM
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Re: Bajirao mastani---Sanjay Leela bhansali's ambitious venture

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Originally Posted by PeaceSeeker View Post
The son of Bajirao Mastani Krishna Bajirao aka Shamsher Singh was the ruler of Banda region of current Uttar Pradesh.

When & why did the Maratha rule begin to shrink? At its peak, it covered vast majority of india (& beyond?).
he was going to be named krishna singh---like a bundela rajput warrior . at least that was the wish of his mother mastani to which bajirao had acceded . but the pune brahmins put a spanner in the works . krishna singh/shamsher bahadur's son ali bahadur was spitting image of his grandfather bajirao . when the peshwai began to collapse in the 19th century because the last peshwa bajirao 2nd proved to be incompetent there was a move to make ali bahadur the peshwa , because he was more of a warrior than bajirao 2nd . but fear that the peshwai would pass to a muslim made the pune brahmins hellbent on destroying all records of mastani and her descendants---so we do not have much information on mastani . shamsher bahadur himself died after the maratha defeat at panipat . he had accompanied the army and fought there , but was heartbroken by the slaughter of his people and had a heart attack .

the maratha ambitions to rule india were stopped at panipat , but they recovered to rule delhi as protectors of the nominal ruler---the mughal emperor . but later they came up against the british . unity among the five main maratha states ( shindes of gwalior , holkars of indore , bhosales of nagpur , gaikwads of baroda , and the peshwa bajirao 2nd ) was lost because of the incompetence of bajirao 2nd . bajirao second incurred an enemity with the holkar family . he and the shindes combined to attack the holkars and kill the holkar chief . but his brother jaswantrao holkar defeated both the peshwas and shinde . jaswantrao ( who was the last great warrior the marathas ever produced ) marched on pune . scared for his life , bajirao 2nd surrendered to the british and accepted their overlordship in order to protect himself from jaswantrao . thus the peshwai was surrendered to the british .

too late the marathas realised what had happened , but as i said it was too late . the peshwa was now a tool of the british , and no unity was possible between jaswantrao holkar and the shindes because of bloodfeud---the shinde chief daulatrao had colluded with bajirao 2nd to kill jaswantrao's bother . so the marathas were all divided at the crucial moment . if all five maratha states had united to stop the british then they could have stopped them . but the british individually defeated them one by one . four of the maratha states were thus defeated . only jaswantrao holkar was victorious over the forces of the british in the battle of mukundra pass . he then marched to the punjab in order to unite the marathas and sikhs . jaswantrao asked maharajah ranjit singh to help him drive the british out of india . but ranjit singh did not want to challenge british power .

as long as jaswantrao holkar was alive the british did not dare attack the marathas again , though the other four maratha states were now their vassals . but the british could afford to play the waiting game---they simply waited for jaswantrao to die . after he died they invaded the marathas again and conquered them .
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