HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The 99 old historian died of fever on Monday
  • Condoling the historian’s death the Prime Minister has also vowed his works on Shivaji
  • The PM believed that Babasaheb will connect future generations to the eminent Maratha ruler

On Monday, PM Modi expressed his grief over the demise of historian Balwant Moreshwari Purandare. The Padma Vibhushan awardee, who was popular by the name of Babasaheb Purandare died of illness this morning, confirmed by his doctors.

Expressing his condolences over the death of the 99 year old historian, Modi tweeted, “I am pained beyond words. The demise of Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare leaves a major void in the world of history and culture. It is thanks to him that the coming generations will get further connected to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His other works will also be remembered.”

Modi has further stated “Shivshahir Babasaheb Puranddare was witty, wise and had rich knowledge of Indian history. I had the honour of interacting with him very closely over the years. A few months back, he addressed his centenary year programme.” Purandare is considered to be a doyen scholar on Shivaji. His book on the Maratha ruler which was published in the late 1950s has been reprinted over and over again.

In the 1980s, Purandare also directed a play based on the life of Shivaji, which was titled Jaanta Raja. The historian was greeted by PM Modi on his 99th birth anniversary. According to the Prime Minister, “Babasaheb’s work is inspirational. I visited Pune to see Babasaheb’s play ‘Janata Raja’, based on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Even when Baabasaheb used to visit Ahmedabad I used to attend his programmes.”

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