In the mid 1660s, a Rajput - acting on Mughal orders - besieged Shivaji at Purandar.

Marathas and different Rajput lineages often acted differently from one another, even fighting each other.

Ask yourself: Why can some people not accommodate this history in their worldview?
After Purandar, Shivaji allied with the Mughals. Then he reconsidered and escaped from Aurangzeb's court.

There were rumors that the same Rajput who had besieged Shivaji at Purandar, helped Shivaji escape. Many believed it.

It was a world of complicated, shifting alliances.
For anyone interested, I discuss and cite all of this in my #Aurangzeb book.

For a fuller story about Shivaji, however, you'll need to read either the North American or Pakistan edition since I cut some material from the Indian edition (on legal advice). audreytruschke.com/truschke-auran…
For those interested in censorship in India and why I couldn't publish some historical facts about Shivaji in India: historytoday.com/history-matter…
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