How did the Marathas help the Sikhs?

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By Sunil Kumar The story of North India is slightly different from the West(or Maharashtra- The HQ of the Marathas) but there was/is a strand of continuity in the entire Indian subcontinent. After the great Vijayanagara empire was destroyed by …

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Why did the East India Company become hostile towards Tipu Sultan?

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By Sunil Kumar Tipu Sultan was the ruler of Mysore in the last two decades of the eighteenth century(1700s). After the death of his father Haider Ali; Tipu fought three wars against the British East India Company; and it was …

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Which force was more instrumental in the destruction of the Mughal Empire, Nadir Shah or the Marathas?

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By Sunil Kumar Consider the Mughal Empire as a fine old building; decaying and about to collapse in 1857. Founded by Babur; expanded by Akbar; Aurangzeb’s reign sees a consolidation and puritanical intolerance. Two formidable enemies are more forged by …

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What was the role of Maratha kings in the fall of Vijaya Nagar Empire?

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By Sunil Kumar Founded in 1336 after rebellions against Tughlaq Rule in the Deccan; the Vijaynagar empire was a mighty kingdom that sparked a cultural and artistic renaissance in South India. Harihara and Bukka who established the kingdom are generally …

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In the early days of colonialism; who was the Briton with multiple wives?

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By Sunil Kumar The question is slightly incorrectly framed; as some historians have mentioned that when the East Indian company had just started to make inroads into India; interracial marriage was quite common. So; there must have been multiple contenders …

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What does Nehru write about Shivaji in the “Discovery of India”?

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By Sunil Kumar My Qra answers continued: Excerpts from Nehru’s Discovery of India; “Only an Akbar might have understood the situation and controlled the new forces that were rising. Perhaps even he could have only postponed the dissolution of his …

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