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The Sambhaji Brigade organized the 350th Shivrajyabhishek Sohala in Lal Mahal. The program witnessed the participation of Sharad Pawar, the President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). On this occasion, the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and its relevance in today's society was acknowledged.
Sharad Pawar expressed his thoughts on the subject, highlighting the historical significance of Shivaji Maharaj’s reign and its impact on the common people. This article delves into the essence of his statements, shedding light on the enduring legacy of the great Maratha emperor.
Shivaji Maharaj: The People’s King
Throughout history, India has witnessed the rise and fall of several kingdoms and empires. However, even after three to four centuries, when the question arises who truly represents the aspirations and sentiments of the common people then the only name that resonates most strongly is that of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Sharad Pawar argues that Shivaji Maharaj never pursued a kingdom for personal gain or self-glory; instead, he championed the concept of “Hindavi Swarajya,” a kingdom for the welfare of the people.
The Rise of Numerous Kingdoms
In the vast landscape of Indian history, numerous kings have ascended to power and established their realms. The Yadavas of Devagiri, the Mughals of Delhi, and the Adil Shahi dynasty are just a few examples of the many dynasties that ruled over the land. These kings may be remembered by various names, but their reigns were always associated with their respective dynasties. Shivaji Maharaj, however, was an exception to this trend. He never claimed the kingdom for his own family, which sets him apart from the others.
A Symbol of Ideal Governance
For Shivaji Maharaj, the kingdom was not merely a seat of power; it was a responsibility bestowed upon him by the people. He understood that the true measure of a king’s success lies in his ability to govern for the welfare of his subjects. Sharad Pawar emphasizes that this principle holds true even today, and it is this idea that he has upheld in his political career. The event of Shivrajyabhishek Sohala serves as a reminder of this ideal form of governance, where the welfare of the people takes precedence.