Friday, 17 June 2016



Barring some short periods India that is Bharat that is ‘Hindoostan’, has traditionally been ruled from the Delhi Takht. Major period of exceptions included the Agra Raj of ‘Mooghals’ and the Calcutta Raj of the Gora Sahibs. This state of affairs continued till the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate under Arvind Kejariwal. It was and still remains a direct challenge to the 14th Emperor of independent India who also sites in Delhi, Narendra Damodardas Modi. Though the Emperors of India always had to fight their adversaries, including the palace intriguers but it is for the first time in the history that a lesser ruling Sultan has been challenging the might and empire of the Emperor of India himself.   

 The current political scenario of Delhi funnily always reminds me of the Delhi Durbar incident of 1911 when Maharaja Sayyaji Rao III, the Gaekwar of Baroda had showed the ‘audacity’ of defying the Emperor of India, George V, in front of the entire Indian Royalty of the British Indian Raj, the British Viceroy, the Government of British India and over 100,000 spectators. Ranked next only to the Nizam of Hyderabad, he arrived at the Delhi Durbar amphitheater in full royal dress wearing historic Baroda Jewels, as per the Viceroy’s declared ‘Dress Order Protocol’, removed them just before the moment he was to approach the Emperor, bowed ‘improperly’ before him and the ‘Empress’, turned his back away ‘disrespectfully’ and walked away (each Indian ruler or ‘native prince’ was expected to bow thrice before backing away without showing his back) twirling his walking stick with a gold handle. The entire incident sent ‘shock-waves among the British Royalty, Government and the Native Rajahs and Princes. From then until his death in 1939 he was for the most part ostracized by the British authorities even though he wrote a half hearted letter of apology soon afterwards saying that if he had not seemed to conform to the ritual, it was due to ‘nervousness and confusion in the presence of Their Majesties’.

I have no information if the Muffler Clad Sultan has on any occasion, been audacious in front of the Emperor, but running feud between the two and continued skirmishes indicate continued guerrilla warfare between both the Powers. Both of them continue pursuing their ambitious plans to subjugate more and more territories; Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Goa being current trophies to be captured, on their chess board of power and intrigues.

Let’s see who wins, when and how much.

It is going to be an interesting watch…

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