The Story of 3rd Battle of Panipat

The story of Panipat is wider than the story of a battle. Therefore, two hundred and fifty years later, it still deserves to be told. It has facets within it that remain undiscovered in the thousands of archival sheets of the era that remain unread. At the tri­ centennial of the great campaign, it is likely more facets will come before us to come to an even greater understanding of what Panipat stood for.

In India’s long history of several millennia, the only occasion when a power from the peninsula invaded the north, was in the Maratha era. Over a period of forty years they spread from a small kingdom around Pune to the frontiers of India. Pune was the de facto capital of India and the Mughals were a protectorate of their one time adversaries. From time immemorial, from the Aryans, there has been a steady influx of people coming in from the North West. From Alexander, the Sakas, the Kushans, the Afghans, the Mughals and finally Ahmed Shah Abdali, all entered India through the north west frontier and overpowered a more pacific, evolved society, integrating with its milieu.

From Delhi to Palam is the realm of Shah Alam.