The Marathas wanted to depose the Mughal Emperor during the Maratha-Afghan war (the 3rd battle of Panipat) and crown Viswasrao (the son of the Peshwa Balaji Bajirao Nanasahib) as the Emperor.

I got this information from the book "Islamic Renaissance In South Asia (1707-1867) : The Role Of Shah Waliallah" by M.A. Ghazi , where it says :

"Some maratha chiefs tried to place a young lad of seventeen, Vishwas Rao, the son of the Peshwa, on the throne of Delhi to proclaim the realization of their long cherished dream of Hindu pad padshahi"

The same information has been used in Viswasrao, Marathe Empire etc

If it is true, then why would the Marathas want to crown their leader's son instead of crowning the leader himself? Also, if they succeeded, what would their administration look like — where the Peshwa's son would act as superior to the Peshwa himself?

  • I read it in wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…. and also in some other sources, I am adding those links too. It might be a rumor as the plan was never executed- but still a strange kind of rumor Jan 19, 2023 at 15:08
  • Please edit your question to include the quotation you refer to and also add a citation for your source.
    – Spencer
    Jan 19, 2023 at 15:12
  • added the citation Jan 19, 2023 at 15:21
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    The usual reason for this sort of thing is that a young king is easier to manipulate than an older one.
    – Mark
    Jan 20, 2023 at 1:10
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    Sometimes these arranements are done to prevent a single individual holding too much power. It was not that uncommon in Europe for arrangements preventing too many titles (especially royalty) in the same person. For example, after the War of Spanish Succession, the Kingdom of Naples was ruled by Borbons, but it could not have the same King as Spain. Charles III of Spain was originally King of Naples, but when his older brother died and he became King of Spain he had to relinquish the Neapolitan title.
    – SJuan76
    Jan 20, 2023 at 11:16


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