Rashtriya Swabhiman Diwas: Honoring Maharana Pratap's Legacy

In Bihar, the Janata Dal (United) will be observing Rashtriya Swabhiman Diwas on January 23 to commemorate the death anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap. Maharana Pratap was the ruler of the Rajput confederacy of Mewar, which is now located in northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. He is remembered as a hero in Rajasthan for his successful resistance against the Mughal emperor Akbar’s efforts to conquer his area.

Maharana Pratap’s Resistance Against the Mughals

  • Maharana Pratap was the son and successor of Rana Udai Singh, the ruler of Mewar. He sought to avenge the 1567 pillage of his capital, Chitor, and subsequent raids by Akbar. This was in notable contrast to his fellow Hindu princes, who had submitted to the Mughals. Maharana Pratap reorganized the government, improved the forts, and directed his subjects to take refuge in the mountain country when attacked by Mughals.
  • After insulting one of Akbar’s emissaries and refusing an alliance, he was defeated in June 1576 by Mughal forces at Haldighat and fled to the hills. Despite the loss of many of his strongholds, he continued to harass the Mughals and urged noncooperation and passive resistance to Akbar’s tax collectors. In the meantime, Mewar declined to a wasteland.
  • In 1584 Maharana Pratap again rebuffed emissaries of Akbar, who was preoccupied in the Punjab. Accordingly, Maharana Pratap was able to recover most of his strongholds and died a hero to his people. He was succeeded by his son Amar Singh, who submitted in 1614 to Emperor Jahangir, son of Akbar.

Honouring Maharana Pratap’s Legacy

  • The Janata Dal (United) is observing Rashtriya Swabhiman Diwas to honour Maharana Pratap’s legacy and his resistance against the Mughals. The party will be organising various events and programmes to mark the occasion. The day will be celebrated as a symbol of self-respect and pride for the people of India.

Significance of Maharana Pratap’s Resistance

  • Maharana Pratap’s resistance against the Mughals is significant for several reasons. He successfully resisted the Mughal emperor Akbar’s efforts to conquer his area, which was in notable contrast to his fellow Hindu princes, who had submitted to the Mughals.
  • He reorganized the government, improved the forts, and directed his subjects to take refuge in the mountain country when attacked by Mughals. He continued to harass the Mughals and urged noncooperation and passive resistance to Akbar’s tax collectors.
  • Maharana Pratap’s resistance against the Mughals is also significant because it shows that it is possible to resist against a powerful enemy and continue to fight for self-respect and pride. His resistance is an inspiration for the people of India and serves as a reminder of the importance of self-respect and pride.

Synopsis

Maharana Pratap’s resistance against the Mughals is an important chapter in Indian history. The Janata Dal (United) is observing Rashtriya Swabhiman Diwas to commemorate his death anniversary and honour his legacy. The day will be celebrated as a symbol of self-respect and pride for the people of India. Maharana Pratap’s resistance against the Mughals is significant because it serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up for oneself and one’s beliefs, even against powerful adversaries. His legacy continues to inspire people to this day, and serves as a reminder of the importance of self-respect and pride in one’s identity.The celebration of Rashtriya Swabhiman Diwas is not only an opportunity to remember Maharana Pratap’s legacy, but also to reflect on the ongoing challenges faced by the country in terms of internal security and maintaining our sovereignty. The celebration serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up for ourselves and our nation, and the need to be vigilant in protecting our interests.

Written by IAS POINT

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