What the Muslims wrote was, stung by the defeat, Ghiyasuddin Tughluq sent a fresh army which was at the gates of Warangal in a matter of months. Prataparudra believing that the Muslims will not come in the near future, emptied the granaries in the fort and indulged in festivities. When the Muslims came, there was no grain left in the fort and the fort fell due to that strategic blunder. As like in many cases, what the Muslims wrote doesn’t make any sense. Warangal is one of the very few capital cities which has seen enemy armies at it’s gates very frequently. In the last sixty years, Jatavarman Sundara Pandya reached Vijayawada, Yadava Mahadeva was at Warangal, there was a general insurrection against Rudrama Devi, Ambadeva’s rebellion in which Rudrama Devi herself was killed and three Muslim invasions where the forces reached Warangal – this is too much for any capital city, that too, the capital city of a recognised major power. A city, which was always ready for a siege, do you expect a war hardened emperor and a field commander himself, with almost thirty-five years on the throne to make such a mistake? And then the subsequent acts. The city surrendered after five months of siege. Hungry soldiers holding on for five long months? What did they eat this long time if the granaries are empty in the fort? Or, going by the fact that it took ten days for the Muslim forces to reach Warangal from Bidar, was time sufficient to hoard provisions, when no army tried to intercept the Muslims? If this is the case, they can never hold on that long. Or in return, did the Kakatiyas decide to hold ground in Warangal itself, thereby reducing their losses? If this is the case, surely, there would have been a heavy hoarding in the fort. And note that the city fell not because it was taken, but it surrendered. Prataparudra was expecting field armies to prolong the fight, or may be turn the tide of the battle but the possibility of Warangal falling even before the armies arrived and a potential general massacre forced the Emperor’s hand. And note, he surrendered to save his city, not to fight till the end. Had he escaped the fort and fought till the end pouring in the forces which he still had, things would have been far different.

Who are Kabul Shahis, we don’t know. How the Yadavas were taken down, we don’t know. What happened at Talikota, we don’t know. What happened with Marathas at Panipat, we don’t know. What happened in 1857, we don’t know. I think it’s high time we pick our brains to sift out fact from propaganda to make us Indians feel proud of our legacy.

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