Girish Kuber writes in Indian Express the 17th century Maratha king had many facets. Political parties of all hues, from red to saffron, have selectively picked one to further their agenda. The Left loves Shivaji’s pro-farmer, pro-poor image whereas the BJP likes to portray him as anti-Muslim. For other political outfits, such as the Shiv Sena and the NCP, Shivaji’s anti-imperial image comes in handy. The history of Shivaji’s politicisation offers a fascinating story. Everyone likes to view Shivaji through their own prism in this charged political atmosphere, Shivaji is an ideal mascot to attract voters.
Source - Girish Kuber / The Indian Express