Web lecture by Uday Mahurkar on Shivaji at Panjab University

Chandigarh, July 23, 2020: The Department of
History, PU, Chandigarh and the
Panjab University Alumni Association
jointly organized a Web Lecture
of Uday Mahurkar, senior
journalist, author and interpreter of
history. Mahurkar delivered his
lecture on ‘Chattrapati Shivaji: A
New Discovery’ in an analytical
and thought-provoking manner.
In his inaugural remarks, the
Vice Chancellor, Prof Raj Kumar,
said that great deeds make great
personalities like Shivaji, whose
life and achievements impart inspiration
to one and all.
His leadership role, organizational
skills, courageous military
exploits earned him the reputation
of a great ruler and won him glory.
The present generation must preserve
the memories of the great
leader and pay tribute to his daring
acts in fighting Mughal tyranny.
Professor Raj Kumar stated that
the role of Shivaji must be discussed
in scholarly works to form
a fair estimate of his life and personality.
Dr. Anju Suri, Professor and
Chairperson of Department of History,
introduced Chattrapati Shivaji
as a powerful ruler known for his
chivalry, courage and heroism.
Shivaji set out for military campaigns
with a strong conviction
and a determination to win and he
tasted victory after victory to
establish himself as a strong ruler.
Uday Mahurkar addressed Shivaji
as an Emperor instead of Chattrapati.
He assessed the role of
Shivaji on the basis of four determinants
generally required by a
person for being the most powerful
Emperor and Shivaji qualified all
of them successfully.
Shivaji expanded his empire by
conquering an area of 1600 kms
from Poona to the land beyond
Chennai. His strategic skills and
command of his army instilled
such enthusiasm among his soldiers
that they continued with the
legacy of successive victories even
after his death.
Within 40 years after his demise,
the Marathas reached Delhi and
became a dominant force.
Shivaji’s combating skills speak
of his powerful personality. He
strongly believed that attack was
the best form of defence.
He handled his Mughal enemies,
including Aurangzeb, with diplomacy
and often made truce with
them to break them soon after.
Shivaji always remained fearless
before Aurangzeb, whereas the latter
was afraid of his strategic skills
and intellectual abilities.
Despite all resources and authority
at his disposal, Aurangzeb was
belittled by Shivaji in combat and
this fact has been indicated by
Aurangzeb in his will too.
Historical records have praised
Shivaji and addressed him as ‘the
greatest constructive genius’.
Shivaji took up several measures
for the welfare of his subjects
including seed loans to farmers.
Shivaji allowed those who had
defected from Hinduism and
embraced Islam to come back to
Hinduism.
Shivaji should find more space in
historical books and should be
given higher status as an Emperor,
he stated.
The lecture was followed by a
question-answer Session conducted
by Dr. Priyatosh Sharma of the
Department of History.
The lecture was joined by
around 120 experts from academic,
scientists, researchers, students and
faculty members from various
Departments and Universities
across India.
A formal vote of thanks was
delivered by Dr. Vinay Kumar,
Secretary, Faculty of Arts, Panjab
University.
Professor Anju Suri was the
Director of the Webinar, Professor
Deepti Gupta was the Convener
and Dr. Priyatosh Sharma was the
Co-Convener of the Webinar.

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