Shameless lie indeed, but not from the first time from @BharadwajSpeaks. Now let us dissect his claims in a thread based on historical facts - singularly addressing the points he has made in this moment of excitement.
@AbdurRahman_IPS @Captain_of_caps @SamKhan999
1. “Shivaji had 200 officers in civil administration”.
Incorrect. The number is far higher. Under Shivaji, the Marathas held more than 200 forts.
Each fort had (a minimum) of 2 civil officers classified as Karkhanis.
Besides, Karkuns, Subehdars, Havaldars performed civic duties.
At least 2 Hawaldars/Sarhawaldars of Pune, In 1654 and 1655 were Muslim.
Besides, other military officers such as Shama Khan, Qazi Hyder, Siddi Ambar regularly performed both civic as well as military duties.
For more details refer to Govind Pansare’s work on the subject.
“...the naval chief of Chatrapati Shivaji, Darya Sarang, was a Muslim, and two of his main lieutenants were Ibrahim Khan and Daulat Khan. At the time of the grim encounter with Afzal Khan, out of the ten trusted bodyguards who accompanied Shivaji, three were Muslims. “ Golwalkar
2. On the question of military commanders and Shivaji’s bodyguard I have used “Guruji” Golwalkars words from a published source, citing his book.
3/10 (not 1), according to “Guruji”, of Shivaji’s bodyguard were Muslim.
Not my words but a direct quotation from Hindutva’s founder.
3. Sir Jadunath Sarkar wrote, “...all creeds had equal opportunities in his (#Shivaji) service and he employed a Muslim secretary named Qazi Haidar, who, after Shivaji’s death, went over to Delhi and rose to be chief justice of the Mughal Empire.”…
@moorscorner lists 13 major Muslim commanders in Shivaji’s military forces:

Siddhi Hilal
Daulat Khan
Ibrahim Khan
Kazi Haider
Siddi Ibrahim
Siddi Wahwah
Noorkhan Beg
Shama Khan
Hussain Khan Miyani
Siddi Mistri
Sultan Khan
Dawood Khan
Madari Mehetar.…
4. Muslims were not merely “a few in the navy” but the supreme commander of the Maratha Navy under Shivaji was a Muslim; Dariya Sarang.
Nor was he the only #Muslim commander of this vital and critical army of the Maratha military machine.

(source in tweet below).
The case of 700 Pathans offering their services to Shivaji and their enlistment in a single induction is well known and documented by several historians.

Source: “ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM OF THE MARATHAS, From Original Sources”, by Dr. Surendranath Sen
In fact Shivaji’s successors continued his secular policy of recruitment and appointment in both civil and military positions.
“ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM OF THE MARATHAS, From Original Sources”, by Dr. Surendranath Sen, 1925. University of Calcutta.…
“...It is also a telling fact that, after the coronation, Shivaji struck a military alliance with the Muslim leader Abul Hasan, the Qutb Shah Sultan, and together they waged a campaign against Shivaji’s own half-brother, Vyankoji Bhonsle.”…

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22 Feb
This poor chap, @BharadwajSpeaks stayed up all night to craft abuse & bluster. For all his fury and performance anxiety, he has not countered a single refutation I had made.
Mediocrity sells and lies sell even better, but you can’t fool all the people, all the time!
The prolific use of Islamophobic terms such as “Madarsa-chhaap”, “desert-cult” and “Taqiyya” in this context, may appeal to lumpen minds. But they are no substitute for historiographical method and knowledge. The latter rely on facts and a correct interpretation of those facts.
So let us see the evasive, not to mention cut-paste jobs this syndicated-pamphleteer indulges in.
That Shivaji’s civil service numbered a mere 200 officers is a bad joke. It ignores the extent and structure of Maratha administration and the inter-operable roles of it’s officers.
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18 Jan
In this thread I respond to a thread questioning the authenticity of Emperor #Aurangzeb’s (RA) farman relating to Benaras that I tweeted about earlier.
I also seek to explain how pamphleteers - with the aid of garden variety trolls - try and discredit anyone not of their own ilk.
While Hindutva required scant evidence for the Emperor Babur having razed a temple to build the Babri Masjid, its adherents label any historical evidence that is remotely critical of their world view as “a forgery”, “unreliable”, “questionable” etc.
So be it; here’s the evidence.
1. What is known as the “Benaras Farman” has been cited by no less a historian than Sir Jadunath Sarkar - whom many latter day “Nationalists” admire glowingly - as authentic. Apart from that, historians from DC Phillott to Richard Eaton have affirmed its authenticity.
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Mughal Quotes:

“Do not fail to make the most of an opportunity that presents itself. Indolence and luxury do not suit kingship. Conquest tolerates not inaction; the world is his who hastens most.”

Emperor #Babur in a letter to his son Humayun 1527.
The Baburnāma. Sec 348.

“Let not difference of religion interfere with policy, and be not violent in inflicting retribution”

Emperor #Akbar in his letter to Prince Murad on the latter’s taking charge of Malwa.
Akbarnāma. Vol III. 598
Written in 1591.

“The time of permanency passes away like the wind in the desert. Misery and happiness, beauty and ugliness, pass away. Everything in the world perishes...”

Emperor #Aurangzeb in a letter to his grandson, Bidār Bakht.
Ruqa’āt-i-Alamgiri, Letter LXXIX

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12 Dec 20
Read the thread by @SamKhan999.
It is an elaborate waste of time because:
1. No tangible data to back the claims.
2. Does not address majority of Muslims labelled “Ganga-Jamuni”, who are practising Sunni Hanafis, (like myself).
3. No standard definition of “Ganga-Jamuni”.
4. If by “ghetto” it is meant Muslim localities, then too the definition fails as a standard: most of us live in ancestral localities/villages that have existed for centuries, based around a central mosque (s).
5. Political networks are seldom confined to one party.
6. A very large section of India’s Muslims are the progeny of mixed, inter-faith marriages; historically.
Nor is that dynamic confined to UP or India but is a natural, global phenomenon; as would be expected for a global faith.
Hence to use that as a parameter is erroneous.
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2 Dec 20
A compilation about the ongoing #Farmers protest against the new Farm Laws passed by the Union Government and how some government affiliated (private) media channels have diverted attention from what the farmers are actually demanding, and why.
A thread.

In the course of any protest against government policy, certain news channels have sought to follow a directive principle of forming a first line of defence on behalf of the government to discredit, damage and debunk genuine public fears and anxieties.
It took a farmers movement to spell out the grave danger that these news channels pose to a healthy, free and democratic society. One which is legally in its rights to hold governments responsible for hurriedly passed legislation.
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Vile, false but predictable propaganda by the Far-Right, pertaining to actions committed by the former Vice-President, Shri Hamid Ansari find sporadic utterance every once in a while.
This thread examines and demolishes the lies specifically made below.

Hamid Ansari is a member of the Yusufpur-Mohammadabad branch of the Ansari family and a grand-nephew of former AICC President, Dr. MA Ansari as well as of Brigadier Mohammad Usman, (Mahavir Chakra), popularly known as “The Lion of Nowshera”.
Many people erroneously claim Hamid Ansari was/is a member of @INCIndia. This is incorrect.
Hamid Ansari (born in 1937), joined the Indian Foreign Services (IFS) in 1961 and held numerous critical positions in government until becoming Vice President of India in 2007.
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