31 Aug '17, 12pm

via @MarathaNavy

The burning of the Maratha navy, established by a visionary like Shivaji and nurtured by Admiral Kanhoji Angre, was a turning point in the history of India. This loss coupled with the land orientation of the Marathas, meant that the British could have a free run along the Indian coast. The Marathas thus lost the ‘means’ to keep in touch with the West. It also became impossible to bring in the countervailing power of the French to balance the British. This also sounded the death knell for the Indian shipbuilding industry, then comparable with the best in the world. This also set the unhealthy precedent of seeking help of foreign powers to settle domestic disputes. Most Marathas were well aware of the importance of sea power. The Siddi of Janjira was first attacked by Shivaji in 1664 and it took the Marathas nearly 70 years and repeated attacks to finally subdue him in 1732-...

Full article: http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/anglo-marat...

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