Posted: 05 May 2015 at 11:14pm | IP Logged
Wars are rarely won on bravado and more on strategy
Look at any war be it Vitenam who defeated US, Allies who defeated Axis in World War 2 etc its all won on strategy.
The next most important thing in a war is - what is the cause you are fighting for?
Ex: US(Allies) attacked Saddam Hussein and even Iraq people supported them against saddam as he was so feared and cruel that they wanted to get rid of him and have freedom
Same is case of many other wars where insiders only supported against their country as they hate the leader like Taliban led Afghanistan and US(Allies) war
In many cases there is covert support to enemy against own country, army or state by citizens as they are fed up of the atrocities
In 16th century war was never about morals and providing freedom like in 21st century. It was more of gaining more territory and becoming more rich and powerful. It was more about prestige or defending ones own territory.
Lets look at this Akbar V/S Pratap war
Mewar was one of the few states that refused to bow down and accept the leadership of Akbar's Mughal empire. Akbar already had large part of Afghanistan, north india, pakistand,, Bangladesh etc under him. He wanted the entire rajputhana under him too.
There were three reasons for this basically
1) We must remember in history Rani Karnavati sent a rakhi to Humayun to save her kingdom besieged by Bahadur Shah the Gujarat ruler. Humayun left his campaign and proceeded to Chittor. Whether he purposely delayed reaching or was truly late but she already had committed jauhar. Anyways once Humayun came to chitter he chased the Gujarat ruler Bahadur Shah and gave back kingdom to her son Vikramaditya Singh(brother of Udai Singh). Chittor felt Humayun purposely delayed and led to Karnavati death(that is what Udai Singh and Pratap believe) and Mughals felt Akbar lost Mughal empire to Sher Shah Suri because he left to help karnavati against wishes of Mughal nobels(Like Humayun brothers Kamran and Askari etc). Add to that Akbar's grandfather Babar defeated Rana Sangha the grand father of Pratap. So this war for Akbar and Pratap are not purely regarding land and kingdom its a personal family fight where Akbar feels that Humayun was wrongly accused by chittor after helping so much at personal cost and Pratap thinks Akbar's father was reason for grandmom karnavati's death. This is one angle playing on boths mind.
2) The second reason is the trade route of central asia- if mewar is defeated and in mugahl control the trade route shall open up
3) Akbar's ambition to have entire sub continent under his control especially Rajputhana
These are three major reasons for the current war
What I fail to understand is neither Pratap has done many strategy or Akbar himself has many one's up their sleeve. Akbar is relying on his huge army and Pratap on bravado. Neither can win a war. So why are makers not showing the real strategy behind this war etc instead of showing this false bravado.
Pratap going and challenging Akbar with a 40000 army standing behind him alone is disaster in real war. He would have been felled by a single arrow or bullet if he did that in real.
Remember how the siege ended Akbar shot at one of the commanders and his death forced them to open the gates and fight. So Pratap must think of strategy to save his family and citizens instead of flowing in emotional bravado.
Lets wait and watch if some strategy is devised
How much the relation between family changes through generations can be seen between Mughals and Mewar Royal family.
- Rana sangha and Babar - allies turned enemies(Rana Sangha invited Babar to defeat the Lodi's)
But Babar after defeating Lodi kept Delhi and agra for himself rather than give it to Rana Sangha
- Humayun and Karnavati - no enemity, friendly relation, humayun helped her son become king instead of claiming kindom to himself as his army had defeated bahadur shah who had upsured mewar and even risked losing Mughal empire for helping infidels as per Mughal nobels, commander and brothers
- Akbar and Pratap - Eternal enemies(Family and personal enemity)
- Jehangir and Amar Singh- Family enemies(nothing personal) fighting war of their fathers, once Jehangir defeated amar singh he gave back kingdom, no longer enemies
- Shah Jahan and Karan singh - best friends
The relationship changed with each generation
Edited by myviewprem - 05 May 2015 at 11:47pm