The Wire / By Sukanya Shantha
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Police’s inability to arrest Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan chief Manohar Bhide, the prime suspect in the attacks unleashed on Dalits visiting Bhima Koregaon near Pune on January 1, led to a massive protest with over 50,000 Ambedkarites pouring into Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on March 26.
Documented on Sanhati India / By Sudhir Dhawale
Two hundred years ago, on the 1st of January 1818, the Peshwas and the troops of the British East India Company confronted each other at Bhima Koregaon near Pune in one of the battles of the Anglo-Maratha War. The battle heralded the end of the Peshwa empire. The British installed a victory pillar at the site, with the names of 51 fallen soldiers inscribed on it, of whom 22 were Mahars, while the rest were Bahujans and people from different religious communities.