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The Madurai Sultanate: A Concise History Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01DLQ1LAM
- Publisher : Sandeep Balakrishna; 1st edition (29 March 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1778 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 43 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,741 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sandeep Balakrishna, with penetrative writing and sharp focus tells us the story of the forgotten Madurai Sultanate, its immense destruction of Hinduism, Hindu society and Hindu culture in deep south. We get to know about the unimaginable cruelty of the Islamic Sultans of Madurai like Ghiyas-ud-Din Muhammad Damghani towards their Hindu subjects, who hunted Hindus in jungles for sport, flayed them alive, bashed the heads of their children on tree trunks and hung and impaled the women on trees. Any regular day in the life of a Madurai Sultan would put any ISIS commander to shame.
Balakrishna tells the history of the Madurai Sultanate, its legendary cruelty towards Hindus, its destruction of Hindu civilization and most of all the common mistakes that the disunited Hindu rulers made while fighting with an enemy like Islam.
Almost seven hundred years later, we seem to be making the same mistakes in 21st century India. While we are fighting on petty matters between ourselves, the long march of Islam does not seem to abate. Let this short but great book be a warning to us.
The author Sandeep Balakrishna starts by giving us a glimpse of the situation in South India in the 13th and 14th Centuries and speaks about the conditions that prevailed during that time. He has done extensive research on this subject and speaks about Pandyans, Cholas, Cheras, the Kakatiyas and the Hoysalas of that day. The succession battles, the lack of unity in the Hindu Kingdoms and the way they failed in stopping the armies of Uluq Khan and Malik Kafur were very well portrayed.
Then the author speaks about the way the Sultans in Delhi squandered the wealth they got from the south and the way their dominions started declaring Independence. Madurai Sultanate was one such offshoot. The author then goes on describe the way the rulers ruled the kingdom and the way they behaved with the other kingdoms in the south. He speaks about the angst in the subjects, the frequent fights with the other kingdoms and the palace coups that plagued the sultanate. He then proceeds to tell as to how that small sultanate became history with the advent of the Vijayanagar empire.
While the core subject of the book is history, the author does not speak about history alone; he portrays the way the Hindu kings brought trouble upon themselves and failed to learn from the attacks that came from the Sultans of Delhi. The accounts of Vira Bhallala, Pratapadura and Kampilanayaka portray the way in which strong Hindu Kings made strategic mistakes and lost it all. I liked the message the author gave here.
When we look at it without any bias, the Madurai Sultanate stands as an example as to how a state should not be governed. These guys pressed the self-destruction button a little quickly and rather unknowingly. You cannot torture your subjects and expect to rule for a long time. This was brought in a very good manner by the author.
My sincere thanks to Sandeep Balakrishna for bringing this book out.
Do pick the book, it is short and is good for a quick read. It has got a lot of facts about South Indian history and is a real eye opener. Do read it when you have time, happy reading.
Hope some so called eminent historian reads it and include it in NCERT text.
But this,this great book puts everything crystal clear.If we learn the author’s message India maybe greater once again.
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Reviewed in the United States on 24 October 2020