Sunday, September 21, 2014

Did he?

Have often wondered whether Peshwa Baji Rao's younger brother, Chimaji Appa died within six months of the death of Baji and Mastani out of sheer sorrow and penitence.
The two brothers were long heralded as Ram Lakhan;  until the beautiful, intelligent Mastani appeared on the scene, or rather in the arms of Baji Rao, while poor Appa was saddled with child brides twice, leaving no recourse but the attractive experienced arms of others.
Did the sight of his illustrious brother's second wife and the knowledge of her worth --- after all he was the household Comptroller and knew the accounts coming in from Bundelkhand  finally tip the balance as his favorite protege, Nana Saheb, eldest son of Baji Rao from his first wife, Kashibai came of age? 

What was the role played by younger brother Appa in the tragic deaths of  Mastani and Peshwa Baji Rao in rapid succession?

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