Saturday, 4 January 2014

President unveils the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj today (December 28, 2013) at Kalwa, Thane, Maharashtra. 

On the occasion, the President paid his obeisance to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and said that he was a great military genius, a brilliant strategist and a great ruler. 

Though Shivaji’s resources were limited, but he confidently faced the mighty Mughal Empire. He formed an army from hard working peasants. 

Chhatrapati Shivaji was a born leader with a personality that drew the best men to his side and commanded devoted service from his officers. 

The President said that Shivaji instilled a sense of self-respect in his subjects. He believed that good governance is no substitute for independence and sovereignty.

 Good governance is required, but co-operation of people is important. During his reign, certain basic principles were followed such as tolerance for all views, secularism, discipline, respect for women, self restraint, dedication and commitment to duty.

 His reign assured the protection of women’s honour. There was strict enforcement of morality in his camp. The three persons who had a great influence in shaping his thoughts were his legendary mother – Rajmata Jijabai, Sant Tukaram and Samartha Ramdas Swami. 

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