ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Glory of Peshwa Pune

Glory of Peshwa Pune Meera Kosambi FEW Indian cities can boast of a past as dramatic as that of Pune which has encompassed, within a span of two and a half centuries from the early eighteenth century to the present, three major phases. Experiencing the first major spurt of growth for almost a century under the Peshwas (technically the hereditary prime ministers of the Maratha king based at Satara, but the de facto rulers of the vast Maratha dominions), Pune went into an initial decline after the Peshwa's fall at the hands of the British Government of Bombay in 1818. However, it was resurrected as the chief British military-civil cantonment in peninsular India. After the departure of the British, post-independence Pune thrives as an industrial centre in its own right, albeit forming an integral part of the Bombay-Pune urban-industrial belt, the largest in India. The first of these three phases in Pune's eventful history forms the subject' of B G Gokhale's book Poona in the Eigh- teenth Century: An Urban History.

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