Who was Shivaji?

Who was Shivaji?

142 ₹150 (5% off)
+ ₹30 shipping fee* (Free shipping for orders above ₹500 within India)
Author: Govind Pansare, Prabhat Patnaik, Anirudh Deshpande
Translator: Uday Narkar
Publisher: LeftWord
No. of pages: 110
Out of Stock
QR Code
Notify me when available


Other Specifications

Language: English
ISBN: 9789380118130
Published on: 2015
Book Format: Paperback
Category: Translation, History
Subject: Ancient India


A publishing sensation, this book has sold over 200,000 copies in 8 languages.

Hindutva icon or secular nationalist? Feudal potentate or peasants' king? Protector of cows and brahmans or shudra ruler? Medieval marauder or builder of an empire?

Who was Shivaji?

This punchy, readable book provides a new perspective on a popular hero of Indian history. After this, Shivaji will never be the same again.

Govind Pansare was one of Maharashtra's most prominent public intellectuals. And among the bravest. He was felled by an assassin. But his rationalist view of human history is impossible to kill. This book is testimony to the power of ideas.

"Shivaji Kon Hota? questions the way in which dominant Maratha historiography has enforced modern, i.e., colonial and post-colonial, religious categories on a past where people lived and did things differently compared with the age of modernity. Readers will not fail to notice the ease and humility with which the late Govind Pansare has raised and answered these questions. He does not claim originality, but only the ability to rationally re-interpret the facts of Shivaji’s career, for facts do exist — despite the claims of contemporary intellectual fashion to the contrary. Shivaji Kon Hota? shows how, with the help of reason, anyone can interrogate the past. We need not be scientists and historians to discover and understand ourselves by questioning the familiar tropes of history." — Anirudh Deshpande, Introduction

"Whatever freedom we enjoy in this country, whatever "modernity" we have in this country, whatever social equality we have achieved in this country, is continuously under attack, and its preservation is made possible by the continuous struggles undertaken by a large number of persons scattered all over India. They do not make it to New Delhi's TV studios, they are not to be found in the corridors of power in the nation’s capital, and they do not even belong to the metropolitan centres of the country. But, because of their sheer dedication, indefatigable energy and unquestionable integrity, they wield great influence among the people in their respective regions, in spite of the overwhelming odds stacked against them. Among all such persons, Govind Pansare was undoubtedly one of the finest." — Prabhat Patnaik, Afterword

Follow us for offers & updates

Ratings & Comments

Add Rating & Comment


Be the first to rate this book.

Refer a Friend
Free Shipping *
For orders above ₹500
Easy Payments
Multiple payment options
Customer Support
Mon-Sat (10am-7pm)
CommonFolks © 2017 - 2023
Designed & Developed by Dynamisigns

Login to CommonFolks

Welcome back!


Don't have an account? Register

Forgot your password? Reset Password

Register with us

To manage & track your orders.

By clicking the "Register" button, you agree to the Terms & Conditions.


Already have an account? Login

Forgot your password? Reset Password

Reset your password

Get a new one.


Already have an account? Login

Don't have an account? Register

Bank Account Details