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- Apr 28th, 2012, 02:37 AM #1
These two characters are used in an idiom of Urdu / Hindi? Whats the history behind these.
I read that there was a Raja Bhoja who fought against Mehmood Ghaznavi. He was a great writer who wrote many books on poetry, philosophy, yoga & architecture. he also patronized Saas- Bahu Mandir and built Bojeshwer temple.
- Apr 28th, 2012, 07:06 AM #2
I don't know the entire story but it is said that Gangu Teli used to boast about himself
- Apr 28th, 2012, 09:53 AM #3
Bhoj was an eleventh-century ruler of the Malwa region, credited with having been a patron of intellectuals and artists, and founder of the city of Bhopal. Among other things, Bhoj got his engineers to build the majestic Panhala Fort, off Kolhapur, in today’s Maharashtra. The fort houses a small tomb in an insignificant corner for the wife of Gangu Teli. Official history has it that when Bhoj encountered a problem with the building of the fort, a pandit suggested a panacea, a double human sacrifice—mother and newborn child. Apparently Gangu Teli, an oil vendor, ‘volunteered’ to sacrifice his wife Jakkubai and their newborn. Hence a tomb for Gangu’s wife.
These are stories murderous kings make up about the poor’s implied willingness to give up their lives. As with Eklavya, so with Gangu Teli and his wife—who seemed to have even less say in the matter—and their newborn child. A rebel is memorialised as a self-sacrificing supplicant. Brutal murders and exercises in feudal power are portrayed as willing submissions to ideology. Poet Sant Ram Udasi thus sang of the Kingdom of Gangu Teli; for him Gangu was the hero, not Raja Bhoj. The morning’s visit to Hawa Mahal and the fact that Diggi Palace—an 1860s citadel of Thakurs and venue of the JLF—had made some space for the Gangu telis (Dalit writers) brought a little smile to my face. Not that Gangus were now storming the palace; they were just happy to be there and show their finger to the king.
The Ballad of Gangu Teli | OPEN Magazine
- Apr 28th, 2012, 09:54 AM #4
So its not the story of a poor man flattering or boasting, but the centuries old story of economic problems
- Apr 28th, 2012, 10:05 AM #5
Raja Bhoj made city of BhojPur near Bhopal, Bhopal, the city of natural lakes is also credited to Bhupal. Not equivalent to Rajendra Chola Of southern Chola Dynasty in military genius but known for his scholarly work. Telis are in the lower category of Backward castes, they are not Dalit as mentioned in the article.
Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister is Teli by caste
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