Shiv Sena said by honouring Purandare, who known for his exhaustive writings on the Maratha warrior, Maharashtra government is in reality honouring the deeds of Shivaji.

"In today's time where people are selfish and hypocritical, it is very difficult to find a person who would submit his entire life for one cause and then inspires others to take lessons from it.

"Shivaji Maharaj has been used time and again in politics but one person who truly understood the ideals of Shivaji and instilled them in people all his life is Purandare," it added in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

The government's recent decision to honour Purandare has sparked controversy in the state's political circle after NCP chief Sharad Pawar questioned the move contesting that Purandare is not a 'historian'.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray, an ardent admirer of Purandare, has voiced in support of the decision. Shiv sena said Purandare has done so much work as far as Shivaji is concerned that those opposing him today should in fact be eternally thankful to him.

"Babasaheb gave more than 60 years for ensuring that Maharashtra's goes by Shivaji's ideals, but there are rotten mangoes everywhere. This is nature's rule. Those opposing Purandare are cheap and hypocrites and have no concern with Shivaji," it added.

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