1641-1660 was probably the most important period in India’s resistance against a long and oppressive Islamic rule. The Indian subcontinent was under the brutal control of three tyrannical sultanates – the powerful and despotic Mughals, who stand glorified in our textbooks today, in the North, and the Shia rulers, Adilshah and Qutubshah, down South.
The country had been drained of all its wealth and its people sapped of every ounce of confidence and self-belief. Centuries of slavery had forced the natives into leading inhumane lives. Generations of subservience had completely wiped the concept of freedom from their minds. Slavery, bigotry, injustice and torture were the order of the day.
One bloody clash after another between the Sultanates resulted in the deaths of countless soldiers and civilians. Most of the deceased were the Marathas, sons of the soil. Villages and crops were frequently razed by the brutal invading armies, men slain in peacetime and war alike, and their women abducted and raped. The once-prosperous land of Maharashtra had been reduced to a wasteland.
However, a ray of hope emerged as the sixteen-year-old son of an Adilshahi jagirdar proudly proclaimed, “I shall not serve, and nor shall my people!” With the dream of restoring native rule in the land and reigniting the timeless ideals of dharma in the hearts of his people, he set about to rebel against the powerful Sultan, Adilshah. The odds were heavily stacked against the teenager, who had to grapple with an astounding shortage of men, weapons and funds. Yet he achieved what no king had ever achieved in standing up to the barbaric imperialists.
300 Brave Men is the splendid tale of Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale, the legendary king, smart guerrilla fighter, matchless tactician and clever diplomat. However, the one quality that truly underlines his God-like persona is his remarkable personality and conviction. 300 Brave Men is an absolute essential for your bookshelf if you are looking for a fiction based on the real life of India’s most celebrated son.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: July 2017
Number of Pages: 608
Language: (Indian) English
Author: Gautam Pradhan
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Private Ltd.