Netaji Palkar

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-->Netaji Palkar also known as Muhammed Kuli Khan was the second Sarnaubat (Commander-in-chief) in the army of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha empire in western India.

Family History

Netaji's father who was from the Kayastha community was in the services of Shivaji's father Shahaji. Shivaji's 3rd queen Putalabai was also from Palkar's Family. Netoji Palkar's Birth place was one small village in Khalapur, Maharashtra, India.

Military career

During the period of the rise of Shivaji from 1645 to 1665, Netaji was given charge of many expeditions which he successfully completed. His greatest success was the campaign against the Adilshah of Bijapur that followed the killing of Afzal Khan. His standing among the local population was such that he was known as Prati Shivaji (Image of Shivaji). After an agreement of Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Shivaji, Shivaji was made to give 23 forts to the Mughals and also fight against the Adilshah of Bijapur. During this period, Netaji Palkar, as a tactic joined <!-- was confidentially forced by(made to join Adilshah as a tactic) Shivaji to join --> the Bijapur forces and weakened the Mughals by counter-attacking them using Adilshah's army. In turn, Shivaji used Mirzaraja Jai Singh's army to weaken the Adilshahi.

After Shivaji's meeting with Aurangzeb at Agra, Netaji Palkar joined the service of Mirza Raja Jaisingh. When Shivaji escaped from Agra, Mirza Raje fell out of favour of Aurangzeb.

Capture by the Moghuls and......


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