RANI PADMAVATI – A WARRIOR
I was watching news and saw all Mewar/Rajasthan ladies came out to protest a movie called Padmavati. Everywhere on TV, social media I can see discussion is going on. Crowed is divided in two part either to favour movie or protest it. So called educated movie actors, directors started talking about freedom of expression etc. I felt very sad to see and hear all that. No media wants to find out the fact behind of Padmavati and brutal Khilji.
It is very unfortunate but hard fact that India has been always attacked even when it was known as Hind or Hindustan or Bharatversh. Mongolian, Muslims, Portuguese, French, British all they came to India for their own dirty reasons but one of the top most reason was wealth, geographical and climate condition.
India after 1000 AD got divided in many kingdom. Mewar was one of the powerful Rajput dynasty. The fort of Chittorgarh is not only remembered for its brave Rajput folks but also for its structure and security and off course for its brave queen, Rani Padmini. A heart touching story of valor, sacrifice, tragedy, honor and deceit which occurred in the palace of Chittorgarh during 12th century.
Princess Padmini or Padmavati, was the daughter of King Gandharva and Queen Champavati, of Singhal kingdom. Her father arranged a Swayamvara, a ceremony where all Hindu kings and Rajputs are invited to win the hand of the princess by showing their strength and eligibility. King Rawal Ratan Singh of Chittor, who was married to Queen Nagmati, won Princess Padmini’s hand by defeating in sword fight. In fact Rani Padmavati was the one who was fighting herself and defeating all the participants but lost to King Ratan Singh.
Chittor was ruled by brave and noble Rajput warrior, King Rawal Ratan Singh, was also a patron of the arts. The dynasty was flourishing so well which became threat to Delhi Sultnat. Raghav Chetak, a musician cum black magician, unfortunately, was caught red-handed in his dirty act of arousing evil spirits. King Rawal Ratan Singh was furious and he banished Raghav Chetan from his kingdom and Chetan became enemy of Ratan Singh.
During that period Delhi sultanat was taken over by Khilji who murdered his own uncle cum father in law. When he took over the Delhi sultanat, it was not a very easy path ahead of him. He was having issues of division among his dynasty because of his brutal mentality. He was worried about Mongolians who can attack anytime. He was not able to win over or convince Rajput kingdoms. Alauddin Khilji was looking for ways to inter in Mewar area and Raghav Chetan came in contact with Khilji and convinced him and guided him with the secret of the fort and how to win over Rajputs.
After that what happened we all know because studied in school in history. This story of a beautiful Rani and obsession of Khilji, pressurising Ratan Singh to see Padmavati in mirror, capturing Ratan singh, Padmavati used her intelligence and with the help of Gora and Badal Ratan Singh was released and in last Ratan Singh and his brave warriors fought the war and lost it with all soldiers life and finally Padmavati and her entire female squad did Johar for their self-respect. We all know this story which was written in the form of poem by Mohammed Jaysi in 1500 AD, after 200 years later.
Jaysi’s story which we all know is not true. It is very unfortunate that our government and historians never tried to put forward the real fact and let it go through the Indians to know the fact.
What was the intention of Khilji? What was the reason for Johar? What is the reality?
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