Shahu II of Satara: Final Chapter of Maratha Sovereignty

Shahu II, a ruler of the Maratha Empire, marked his reign with complex geopolitical maneuvers amidst internal discord and external pressures. His death on May 3, 1808, not only signaled the end of his rule but also precipitated significant shifts in the Maratha Confederacy, influencing the broader landscape of Indian history. His leadership was characterized by strategic alliances and confrontations with the British East India Company, shaping the empire’s decline and the subsequent colonial dominance. The fragmentation following his demise led to power struggles that highlighted the vulnerabilities within the Maratha ranks, exploited adeptly by the British.