13 April, 2021

Battle Of Panipat-IV

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Battle Of Panipat-IV

Jat groups have opposed Panipat: The Great Betrayal, a recently released movie on the third battle of Panipat. The leaders claim Maharaja Suraj Mal, the Jat king of Bharatpur state, has been portrayed as a greedy emperor. Former Union minister and diplomat Kunwar Natwar Singh, a native of Bharatpur and author of Suraj Mal’s biography, shares his views on the controversy, the king and contemporary politics with Salik Ahmad. Excerpts:

Jat groups are saying Suraj Mal has been depicted poorly in Panipat.

I have only seen excerpts. There is no historical basis to the way they’ve shown him—that he didn’t help Maratha leader Sadashiv Rao Bhau, that he wanted the Red Forts of Agra and Delhi…. Suraj Mal was a wise statesman. He had good relations with Rajputs, Marathas, Rohillas and Sikhs. Bhau was headed for a battle with Ahmad Shah Abdali when Suraj Mal met him in Mathura. He advised Bhau to leave the women, baggage and animals in Bharatpur, but Bhau went...

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