In Bengali, Western Indians esp. Maratha people have derogatory names like "Borgee" and merit no admirable mention in history except looters, plunderers and a huge band of dacoits. Nothing grows in their Bhagwan-forsaken land, so looting and dacoity was an honored profession in Marhatta territory.
And then some guy named Bhansali goes and makes a Bollywood fable about Marhattas called "Bajirao Mastani". I saw this and rolled off my Eames Chair. Such appeal to Sanghis because this dacoit leader guy had a Muslim wife. Pure fiction as always describing "Bhajee" folks and their exploits.
lol, their funny legends on Maratha. They call it an empire when in fact it was a loose confederacy of some Hindu kingdoms in the deccan. The funniest part is some of those kingdoms even fought against each other while staying within a confederacy!
Indians like to believe Marathas brought the Mughals down when the Marathas were nothing but primitive bandits, interested in only looting villages.
The fall of the Mughals was caused by repeated Persian invasions, Afghan revolts in different Mughal provinces and independence of Nawab of Bengal, which was Delhi's most prominent source of revenue. In any case, during the sepoy mutiny of 1857, the soldiers (Hindu, Muslim alike) declared the Mughal emperor as the head of Hindustan, not their Maratha Peshab or whatever they are described as. lol