Shivaji is a well-known hero in western India. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and. The publication of Laine’s book, Shivaji: Hindu King in the Bombay High Court, James Laine apologised for. India News: The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Bombay HC to lift the ban on the book by US author James Laine, which.

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The complex intertwining of the religious and political in the present encouraged the construction of a simpler past, as “part of a general tendency to oppose a single universalistic Hinduism to a single monolithic Islam”. Jajes King in Islamic India. In this study Laine looks not at Shivaji directly, but at the stories that have been told about him and their development over the last three and a half centuries.

Laine’s openness may explain some of the animosity: James Jamss is the Arnold H.

Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in lqine attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. Keluskar downplayed his connection with the saints and emphasized his appeal to followers of every caste, Lokmanya Tilak used him to support opposition to British rule, and M. Natural Law Anver M. The Subhedar’s Son Deepra Dandekar. Views Read Edit View history. In one of the first xhivaji to trace the longitudinal developments in the biography of a major precolonial figure of India, Laine employs an innovative approach that could well be adapted to other figures.

Shivaji – James W. Laine – Oxford University Press

Academic Skip to main content. Looking at “cracks in the narrative”, Laine explores the things left out of traditional stories — and what these absences show about the concerns of those who produced them. He defied Mughal power in the seventeenth century, established an independent kingdom, and had himself crowned in an orthodox Hindu ceremony.


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His predecessors and successors were more accommodationist, less heroic, and less well remembered. This book is available as part of Shivaij Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.

Fasching, and Todd T. The Great Conversation Belden C. Laine has produced an analysis of the dispute. Retrieved from ” https: Moreover, the stories of their bravery were nowhere near as good.

Along with stories of his birth and boyhood, key episodes include the killing of Afzal Khan, the encounter with Shaista Khan, the escape from Agra, lains his coronation.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In Schmalz, Matthew N. Retrieved 27 September James Laine traces the origin and development if the Shivaji legend from the earliest sources to the contemporary accounts of the tale.

His primary concern is to discover the meaning of Shivaji’s life for those who have composed-and those who have read-the legendary accounts of his military victories, his daring escapes, his relationships with saints.

NCP to form secular alliance without Cong. Shivaji is undeniably a scholarly work, however, and few of Laine’s critics have engaged with its actual content. All hurdles on the publication and circulation of controversial book — ” Shivaji – The Hindu King in Muslim India”, came to an end with the Supreme Court today refusing the plea of Maharashtra government to ban it.

Neither Muslims nor Hindus formed clearly defined communities, says Laine, and they did not relate to each other as opposed monolithic groups.

Filing a petition in the Bombay High CourtJames Laine apologised for an offending paragraph on page 93 of the book. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the process, he paints a new and more complex picture of Hindu-Muslim relations from the seventeenth century to the present.

Login from existing account Facebook Google Email. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. Though too slender to be entirely self-contained, it includes enough background to be accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of modern Indian history. Shivaji came from a “broken family”, with separated parents, he probably had a harem, he showed no interest in the bhakti saints, his ambition was to build a kingdom, not liberate a nation, and he did little to change the “cosmopolitan Islamicate world” he lived in.


The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Bombay HC to lift the ban on the book by US author James Laine, which, according to the Maharashtra government, contained material promoting social enmity.

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The state government had approached the apex court after the High Court had in lifted the ban on the book on the petition filed by advocate Sanghraj Rupawate, documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and social activist Kunda Pramila. Monsoon rains subside in north India. In addition, Laine makes valuable observations about the precolonial history of ‘Hinduism'”– Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Contradictory Lives Lisa I. Faculty page at Macalester College: To read Shivaji’s legend today is to find expression of deeply held convictions about what Hinduism means and how it is opposed to Islam.

In Julythe Supreme Court of India upheld the lifting of ban, [5] [6] which was followed by public demonstrations against the author and the decision.

It has been lxine from the Indian market and banned in Maharashtra, while a scholar was assaulted and the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune ransacked just because of mentions in Laine’s acknowledgements. The publisher Oxford Printing Press promised to delete the paragraph on all future editions of the book worldwide, [4] following which the court lifted the ban in