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This is Maharaj Surajmal of Bharatpur, whose Marathas would have changed the climax of 'Panipat'

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In the history of India, there are almost every kind of stories like deceit, fraud, win-loss and friendship-cheating. Perhaps this is the reason why Bollywood filmmakers are very restless to show these stories of history on the screen in a grand way. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’, you will remember. There was a lot of protest about these two films. But even after all this protest, the attachment of filmmakers to these historical stories has not diminished. The biggest example of this is director Ashutosh Govarikar’s upcoming film Panipat, whose trailer has been released recently. There is a lot of discussion of this film with the trailer. In this film, the character of Maratha commander Sadashiv Rao Bhau is going to be seen in the role of actor Arjun Kapoor and Afghan Akranta Ahmat Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt) Sanjay Dutt). Kriti Senon is going to be seen in the role of Parvati Bai in the film. The story of this film is about the famous Third War of Panipat in history. Three major battles of history were fought in Panipat city of Haryana, in which Babur started Mughal rule in India after the first war, while the third battle of Panipat gave the British rule in India a chance to gain a foothold. This is probably the only war in history in which both the fighting parties could not achieve anything and the third party ie the British got the full benefit of this fight. Getting ready for war, by the 18th century, Marathas had become very powerful in the country. The Marathas wanted to establish a Hindu empire throughout the country and their intention had created fear among the Muslim rulers of the country. This was the reason that Abdali was also invited to attack India from a Muslim ruler of Hindustan. But if some mistakes were prevented and the Marathas would listen to the advice of a ruler properly, then the history of this war and India would have been different. The name of this ruler was Jat Naresh Maharaj Suraj Mal of Bharatpur. Maharaj Surajmal, who was a good friend of the Marathas and had helped them on many occasions, pulled himself back in this war. One of the main reasons for this was the Marathas not listening to Surajmal, the Maharaja and the differences between these two great powers. Maharaja Surajmal was born on 13 February 1707. He was the adopted son of Raja Badansingh ‘Mahendra’. He got a fiefdom from his father. He was a skilled administrator, visionary and diplomat. He conquered Khemkaran Sogaria’s Fatehgarhi in 1733 and conquered it. After this, he laid the foundation of Bharatpur city at the same place in 1743 and started living there in 1753. His territory included Agra, Dhaulpur, Mainpuri, Hathras, Aligarh, Etawah, Meerut, Rohtak, Mewat, Rewari, Gurgaon and Mathura in addition to Bharatpur.

History bears witness that in the third battle of Panipat with Ahmed Shah Abdali on January 14, 1761, more than half of the Maratha soldiers of the Marathas were killed in a few hours. But many advice to avoid this tragedy was given by Maharaj Surajmal to Sadashiv Rao Bhau, which was not accepted. His first advice was to avoid this war for a few months. The ‘Third War of Panipat’ took place on 14 January 1761, ie in winter. In such a situation, Maharaj Surajmal had advised not to attack Abdali’s army now, because it is still cold and Afghan soldiers will bear it with Asani. These people cannot bear the heat, so it would be better to attack in the heat.

Maratha rulers used to take many thousands of women and children in this war. On this, Maharaj Surajmal had advised that women and children should not be taken along in war. This will divert attention to their safety. He advised to keep it safe in the Deeg fort of Bharatpur. At the same time, he also advised that the enemy’s army should not attack directly, because Abdali’s army is very much and many Muslim rulers of India are also in their favor. Therefore, swoop in and fight and raid them. Maharaj Surajmal also forbade the Marathas to loot the property of the Red Fort and the surrounding people during the war because it angered the chiefs of the Muslim rulers to meet Abdali. Was offered Along with this, Maharaj also suggested the Mughals to join him in this war. Maharaj Surajmal had given many suggestions to win this war with strategy, but this difference of opinion with the Marathas plunged India into a war that the country had to bear the rule of the British rule for almost 200 years.

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