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Peshwa

 

(also peishwa), the chief minister of the Maratha state (India) during the rule of Sivaji (17th century) and his successors. The position was hereditary from the time of Balaji Visvanath, a peshwa who became the de facto ruler of the state in the 18th century. The successors of Balaji Visvanath ruled Maharashtra and were considered the sovereigns of the confederation of Maratha principalities until the final occupation of Maratha lands by the British colonizers in 1818.

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In 1818, a few hundred Mahars in a regiment of the East India Company had defeated the Peshwas, extremely orthodox Brahmins given to ill treating the lower castes, specially the Mahars.
And in the new year, the Dalits and the marginalised have decisively won the Second Battle of Koregaon against latter-day Peshwas and their cohorts.
In the battle which was fought between the British East India Company, containing Dalits in its infantry, and the Peshwas, who were upper-caste Brahmins, at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818, the Marathas ultimately withdrew.
He was a born cavalry leader, steeped in the long and distinguished galaxy of Peshwas, He was unequaled for the daring and originality of his genius.
Summary: Pune, once the kingdom of the Peshwas, the city is quiet, pleasant and laid-back.
The Reservoir": There isn't a drop of water/in the great reservoir the Peshwas built.
Even though the peshwas were Brahmans, members of the priestly caste, yet their criminal jurisprudence seems to have been little influenced by the Sanskrit scriptures on these matters.
The Battle of Koregaon ended with the British-led Mahar soldiers defeating the Peshwas.
In the Bhima-Koregaon battle, which was fought between the British East India Company, containing Dalits in its infantry, and the Peshwas, who were upper-caste Brahmins, at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818, the Marathas ultimately withdrew.
A peshwa was an equivalent of a modern Prime Minister in the Maratha empire and all peshwas were Brahmins.
In the battle, which was fought between the British East India Company, containing Dalits in its infantry, and the Peshwas, who were upper-caste Brahmins, at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818, the Marathas ultimately withdrew.
Apart from being the first day of the new calendar year, it was also the 200th anniversary of the battle that the Dalits won against the ruling Peshwas.