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January 15, 2013

The History of the Reddi Kingdoms, by Malampalli Somasekhara Sarma

A seminal book by the scholar and epigraphist Malampalli Somasekhara Sarma.Details the history of the Reddi kingdoms of Kondavidu and Pithapuram.

 

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  1. Namaste Yogeshwar,

    Are you aware that there are HUNDREDS of inscriptions recording Hindu battle victories against the
    Delhi Sultanate? Hindu kings in North India also were actively fighting the Turks, like the Hindu kings
    in South India. There was plenty of military resistance put up by the Hindu kings in North India.

    Could you please reply back?

    Comment by Jaipal — February 21, 2013 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  2. @Yogeshwarji,

    Do you know much about the Hundreds of Hindu battle victories that Hindu kings in North
    India achieved against the Delhi Sultanate? I mention this because there are hundreds of
    inscriptions which record Hindu victories in battle against the Sultan Turks.

    Do you anything about this?

    Could you please reply back?

    Comment by Jaipal — February 21, 2013 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

    • Hello,

      I am vaguely aware of them.But only in the sense of random reading of different sources eg Kanhadade prabandha etc. Do you know of some published books which have these inscriptions?

      Comment by Yogeshwar Shastri — February 22, 2013 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

      • Namaste Yogeshwar,

        Thanks for replying back.
        I got the information of these victory inscriptions from KS Lal’s book.
        He mentioned that there are hundreds of inscriptions recording Hindu battle victories against Delhi Sultanate.

        I am not sure of any published books on them but I suspect that if they are inscriptions, they may be in
        the Epigraphia Indica, a publication on inscriptions.

        What do you think?

        Comment by Jaipal — February 23, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

  3. Yogeshwar,

    There is something else you should keep in mind.
    These Muslim chronicle writers were not exactly honest historians.
    Their basic intention of writing these chronicles was to make Islam look good.

    It is very likely that many Hindu battle victories are deliberately not mentioned
    as this would undermine the Islamic narrative of victory over kaafirs.

    What bothers me is how many uneducated people say that Hindu Kings were always
    on the losing side when in reality they had a commendable record in winning battles.

    What do you think?

    Comment by Jaipal — February 24, 2013 @ 5:10 am | Reply

    • Quite right,most would be in Epigraphia indica,plus dozens of books have been published by private booksellers,government agencies on Indscriptions.It is quite a formidable task to trawl through them,unless you have access to a good library.I have been putting volumes of Epigraphia Indica in my ebooks section.Will try to complete the 36 volumes some day.

      Islamic historians are for most part liars and selective with the truth.Relying on them is a bad choice for any historian.It is better to look for our narrative in the form of Kavya’s,inscriptions,prabandha’s and vamsavali’s.Most of the doyen southern historians like S.K.Aiyangar,Prof.N Venkataramanayya caught out the lies in the narratives of Muslim historians like Ferishta.

      Comment by Yogeshwar Shastri — February 24, 2013 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

      • @Yogeshwar,

        You said that you were vaguely aware of those Hindu battle victories from sources like Kanhadadde Prabandhe ect.
        Can you list those sources by name which record victories, that you read?

        Which are the Kavyas, Vamsavallis ,Prabandhas that concern Hindu battle victories? Can you please list them?

        Which are the good libraries in India which would have these books and information? Do you Know?

        The reason I ask is because I am planning to write three volumes on the history of Hindu military resistance against the
        Muslim invaders, spanning a time period from 636 AD TO 1840 AD, with a focus on Hindu Battle victories.

        Comment by Jaipal — February 25, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

  4. @Yogeshwar,

    In your article on the Yadavas of Devagiri, namely Rethinking Bharathiya History,
    I just discovered a piece of information that is interesting.

    Ramachandra Yadav, one of the last kings of Yadava dynasty, apparrently took an offensive
    against the Muslims and defeated them at Varanasi and liberated that city from them.
    There, he apparently constructed a temple. There is an inscription which records this.

    I brought this up because even as late as the 1280’s, the Yadava kings were able to go on
    the offensive against the Muslims as far North as Varanasi.

    The most likely cause for why the Yadavas fell, may be due to a drought which depleted the
    resources. This may be the case also with Gujarat, Malwa, ect.

    Comment by Jaipal — February 27, 2013 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  5. @yogeshwar,

    Could you please reply to my request above on the sources that you read telling about Hindu battle victories against
    the Muslim invader?

    I would like to know those sources by name, if you don’t mind?

    Comment by Jaipal — March 2, 2013 @ 6:16 am | Reply

    • Hello,

      I will post a deatiled reply in a couple of weeks.Currently bogged down with work.

      Comment by Yogeshwar Shastri — March 2, 2013 @ 6:37 am | Reply

      • @Yogeshwar,

        Thanks. I’ll be waiting for your reply.

        Comment by Jaipal — March 5, 2013 @ 7:22 pm


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