There’s nothing strange considering how Portuguese pleaded for help from the Mughals to save them from the Maratha Empire. Abrahamics will always stick with each other, due to their commonalities. It’s for Hindus to realize the common danger.
It is necessary to grasp the role that the Abrahamics played in sabotaging the Maratha attempts to save Goa. Goa has been through a very traumatic, brutal, and horrific past in its past. Hindus in Goa were tortured and humiliated by the Portuguese, who wanted to convert them to Christianity. Sambhaji Maharaj decided then to free Hindus from the grip of the vicious Portuguese.
In April 1683, the Maratha warrior Sambhaji Maharaj decided to conquer Goa to protect Hindus. Sambhaji defeated the Portuguese in a campaign known as Sambhaji’s Invasion of Goa. Additionally, he was on the verge of capturing the Goan territory after leading a successful campaign. When Sambhaji was successful, the then Viceroy of Goa sought help from the tyrannical and cynical Aurangzeb. Taking advantage of a moment of opportunity, Aurangzeb attacked the Marathas. He decided to attack the Raigad fort (the Maratha capital) instead of facing bravely from the front. Aurangzeb sent his army general Shahbuddin Khan to seize Raigad from north Konkan. His son Muazzam was sent to invade and conquer South Konkan, Ramdara, as well as other Maratha territories.
Despite their best efforts, the Mughals lost their battle against the Marathas. Despite this loss, the Mughals attacked and captured Sampgad fort (fort of Sampgaon). Sambhaji and the Portuguese viceroy knew Muazzam was coming to help the Portuguese. Before the Mughal army attacked South Konkan, Sambhaji employed his army against the Portuguese. After that, Sambhaji attacked the colony and seized its forts. Sambhaji’s army attacked Salsette and Bardez on December 11, 1683. Bardesh and Madgaon were successfully captured by the Marathas. Only the forts of Raitur, Reis-Magos, Aguada, and Margao were successfully defended by the Portuguese against the Marathas. All of the other forts were successfully captured by the Marathas. The Portuguese were in bad shape after the attacks, and they were completely reliant on Mughal forces.
Kudal and Bande were burnt down by Muazzam’s forces on the 28th of December 1683. Muazzam’s forces destroyed and looted temples and burned Dicholi on 15th January 1684, as well as looting the Vengurla port. Muazzam decided to leave Konkan before the rainy season began. Mughal army faced losses during their return to the capital, due to lack of food, continuous Marathas attacks, and diseases. Muazzam’s expedition to Konkan ended up being a big failure.
The Mughal Failure
Shahbuddin Khan, a general of Aurangzeb, attacked Raigad, the capital of the Maratha Empire, during the monsoon of 1684. But Raigad was successfully defended by the Maratha commanders. Aurangzeb also dispatched Khan Jehan to aid Mughal forces, but Hambirrao Mohite, the Maratha army’s commander-in-chief, ended his reign with a decisive victory at Patadi. A second division of the Maratha army attacked Shahbuddin Khan at Pachad and caused heavy losses to the Mughal army.
Sadly, the Marathas were outnumbered by the combined Mughal and Portuguese forces. Marathas were forced to abandon their aim of liberating Hindus in Goa. Sambhaji fought and defended on a number of fronts, including liberating Goa and protecting his own land. To be fair, it wasn’t surprising that the Portuguese and the Mughals conspired together. Essentially, Abrahamic religions share a common goal, which is to convert and spread their beliefs.
Abrahamic Connivance – Ploy to fool Hindus
The largest religious groups on Earth are Christianity and Islam. Is that a hard nut to crack? Of course not, since both work on the same premise. Compromising on religious fundamentals is non-negotiable for the Abrahamics. All this sham of free speech and freedom of expression are reserved for those who disagree with their practices. Isn’t it strange that India is one of the most targeted countries by the West when it comes to human rights and welfare issues? The truth is that western-dominated institutions have conveniently avoided highlighting the humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Whatever they show, the reality is that the Abrahamics will always band together to defeat Hindus, as earlier. Prior to independence, Britishers used ‘Minority Status’ to appease Indian Muslims, demonstrating their fondness for one another. We must understand that for Abrahamics, the ‘enemy’s enemy is a friend.’ The ease with which the Portuguese and Mughals collaborated to defeat Sambhaji is an example in and of itself. Hindus have always faced multifaceted attacks from Abrahamics, but the unfortunate reality is that they don’t want to realize it. Though Sambhaji was winning Goa, his unprecedented success alarmed the Portuguese, prompting Aurangzeb to launch an attack on the Marathas. He not only fought the Marathas, but despite being a religious fundamentalist and zealot, he didn’t attack the Portuguese. As a matter of fact, it is in Hindus’ best interests to understand who their true adversaries are. Because they are fighting a common enemy, Hindus, the Abrahamics will always work together to save themselves.
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