Our history is distorted. The historians have called Akbar ‘The Great’ but have failed to acknowledge the valiance and character of Maharana Pratap.
If one has to ask a child who Maharana Pratap was, the only answer one would get is that he fought in the Battle of Haldighati. This is the reason why the history curriculum in school needs to be revised and children should be taught about the heroics of great Indian kings and not just rulers.
There are many legendary stories about Maharana Pratap. In fact, the people of Mewar see him as a king par excellence. One such story is about the time when Maharana Pratap had cut emperor Akbar’s moustache.
When the Mughal army invaded Mewar, Maharana Pratap challenged them to a battle to save his motherland. The Mughal army was camping at Badshah Magri near Rajsamand in Rajasthan.
The Maharana reached the camp site at night and true to his nature and ideology, he did not attack the sleeping enemy and their emperor. But to let Akbar know that his army is present and ready for a war, Maharana cut the moustache of the emperor. The genuineness of this story is not known but one should not be surprised if it true.
Maharana Pratap was born on May 9, 1540, at Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur in Rajasthan. The brave Maharana lived in exile for several years, only to fight back Akbar and his army and regain control over his motherland. His loyal and courageous horse, Chetak, served him till his death and is also a central character in Rajsthani folklore.