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Prakash Ambedkar walks out of Bhima Koregaon Commission probe

Prakash Ambedkar walks out of Bhima Koregaon Commission probe

National Herald / Nadeem Inamdar

Alleging govt lawyers are diverting the probe, the VBA chief said the Commission is “helpless” without judicial powers
Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar on Monday, 13 February, walked out of the witness box of the Bhima Koregaon Commission, announcing that he quit the cross-examination.
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Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)

Ambedkar, Kadam summoned in Bhima Koregaon riots case

Ambedkar, Kadam summoned in Bhima Koregaon riots case

Pune Mirror / by Yogesh Sangle

Inquiry commission to cross-examine VBA chief and then Haveli SDO
The Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating the Bhima Koregaon violence, has issued summons to Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar, Elgar Parishad organiser Harshali Potdar and Pune resident deputy collector Jyoti Kadam to appear for cross-examination. 
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Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
Ekbote instigated Koregaon Bhima violence, Elgaar Parishad organiser tells panel (The Indian Express / Sep 2021)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)

Koregaon Bhima Battle Anniversary: Images of Indian Constitution, Ambedkar adorn Jaystambh

Koregaon Bhima Battle Anniversary: Images of Indian Constitution, Ambedkar adorn Jaystambh

By @ibnews24 (Jan 1, 2024)

Bhima-Koregaon and transition of the Dalit self

06/01/2024

Deccan Herald / by Prabodhan Pol

Commemorative events like the Bhima-Koregaon battle anniversary open a pathway for alternative cultural expressions. Such sites become spaces for new political aspirations.
On January 1, hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the Bhima-Koregaon monument to mark the 206th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon. For about a decade and a half now, the memorial at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune in Maharashtra has become a noteworthy site of public attention, underlining the significance of an alternative reading of social and political histories.
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Pune: Blue flags flutter across Nagar Road

02/01/2024

PuneMirror Bureau / by Chaitraly Deshmukh

Bhim Sainiks converge at Vijay Stambh to pay obeisance on 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima
Amidst elaborate security arrangements, thousands of Bhim Sainiks assembled to pay homage at the historic Vijay Stambh (victory pillar) on Monday, marking the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Koregaon Bhima Battle Anniversary: Images of Indian Constitution, Ambedkar adorn Jaystambh

01/01/2024

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

This year, the state government has decorated the ‘Jaystambh’ with images of the Constitution of India with the caption “Bhartiya Samvidhanache Amrut Mahotsavi Varsh” (platinum jubilee year of the Indian Constitution).
Preparations were in full swing for the programme to be held at the ‘Jaystambh’ at Perne village in Pune district on Monday to mark the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Security stepped up for Koregaon Bhima battle anniversary at Perne

31/12/2023

Hindustan Times / by Nadeem Inamdar

Heavy security force has been deployed in and around Koregaon Bhima victory pillar Jaystambh at Perne village as the district administration expects around 20 lakh visitors to the historic memorial on January 1, 2024, for the anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Koregaon Bhima battle anniversary: Security tightened at Jaystambh for Jan 1 event

30/12/2023

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

As a precaution, police have issued notices to a number of people including activists of different groups, local villagers and others, who were booked in different cases regarding the Koregaon Bhima violence, asking them to stay out of the region on the day of the event.
Heavy security is being deployed at the Jaystambh, which is expecting more visitors than 2023, for the January 1 programme in 2024, to mark the anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
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Police monitor social media posts ahead of battle of Koregaon Bhima anniversary

26/12/2023

Hindustan Times / by Nadeem Inamdar

State home department instructs police authorities to monitor social media posts related to Koregaon Bhima anniversary events to ensure law and order
The Pune city and its rural counterpart under the directions from the district collectorate have begun security arrangements, surveillance and other safety measures ahead of the 206th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima at the village.
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Security measures intensified as Koregaon Bhima battle anniversary approaches

26/12/2023

Pune Mirror / by Prakhar Yadav

The state home department, in an effort to maintain law and order, has directed the police to closely monitor social media posts related to the upcoming festivities and events
As the 206th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima approaches, the district collectorate has instructed both Pune city and its rural counterpart to initiate comprehensive security plans, surveillance, and other safety measures. The state home department, in an effort to maintain law and order, has directed the police to closely monitor social media posts related to the upcoming festivities and events.
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Also read:
Huge Turnout at 205th Anniversary of Battle of Koregaon Bhima (Jan 2023)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati│ by Sudhir Dhawale │ March 2018)
The Myth of Bhima Koregaon Reinforces the Identities It Seeks to Transcend (The Wire | Anand Teltumbde | Jan 2018)
Why peoples’ coalitions are uniting against Hindutva — the ‘new Peshwai’ (Dailyo.in │ by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves │ Jan 30, 2018)

A look at charges against Hindutva leader Ekbote in 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence

A look at charges against Hindutva leader Ekbote in 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence

Pune Crime Files: A look at charges against Hindutva leader Ekbote and court observations in 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence

26/12/2023

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Widespread violence broke out in Koregaon Bhima area on January 1, 2018, when a few lakh people, mainly the Ambedkarites, had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle between the British Army and Peshwa forces.
Preparations are in full swing at the ‘Jaystambh’, a British war memorial at Pune’s Perne village, to mark the 206th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima that was fought between the British Army and Peshwa forces on January 1, 1818.
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6 years, 14 extensions later Koregaon Bhima Commission’s work still unfinished

26/12/2023

Hindustan Times / by Nadeem Inamdar, Yogesh Joshi

It has been six years since the caste conflict broke out at Koregaon Bhima and the work of the Commission to probe into the events that led to the clashes is yet to be completed after 14 extensions
As the 206th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima draws near, Pune district administration has teamed up with the law enforcing agencies to monitor social media to avoid any untoward incident.
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Also Read:
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
Ekbote instigated Koregaon Bhima violence, Elgaar Parishad organiser tells panel (The Indian Express / Sep 2021)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)

Koregaon-Bhima Shaurya Day; High Court orders to remove sugarcane near Victory Pillar

Koregaon-Bhima Shaurya Day; High Court orders to remove sugarcane near Victory Pillar


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Pune Mirror / by By PuneMirror Bureau, Yashpal Sonkamble

The High Court has cleared the way for Shaurya Day to be celebrated in Koregaon-Bhima. The court has ordered removal of the sugarcane from the Vijay Pillar area and clear the place.
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Also Read:
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati│ by Sudhir Dhawale │ March 2018)
The Myth of Bhima Koregaon Reinforces the Identities It Seeks to Transcend (The Wire | Anand Teltumbde | Jan 2018)
Why peoples’ coalitions are uniting against Hindutva — the ‘new Peshwai’ (Dailyo.in │ by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves │ Jan 30, 2018)

Koregaon Bhima violence: Elgaar Parishad activist questioned about Mohsin Shaikh murder case

Koregaon Bhima violence: Elgaar Parishad activist questioned about Mohsin Shaikh murder case


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Elgaar Parishad activist questioned about Mohsin Shaikh murder case

09/11/2023

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Replying to advocate Hiray, Harshali Potdar said she was aware that the accused in the Shaikh murder case were acquitted. When Hiray asked whether she made any attempt to appeal against the judgment, Potdar said, “No”.
While cross-examining activist Harshali Potdar before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry, special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray on Thursday quizzed her about the 2014 Mohsin Shaikh murder case.
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Sambhaji Bhide: The BJP’s pet rabble-rouser in Maharashtra

30/09/2023

National Herald / by Sujata Anandan

Meet Manohar Kulkarni, alias Sambhaji Bhide, aka Guruji, who the BJP is banking on to deliver the Maratha vote in Maharashtra
After lying low for almost three years while Uddhav Thackeray was chief minister of Maharashtra, it is no coincidence that Manohar Kulkarni aka Sambhaji Bhide is back to stirring the communal pot with BJP-leaning Eknath Shinde in the driver’s seat.
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Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
Ekbote instigated Koregaon Bhima violence, Elgaar Parishad organiser tells panel (The Indian Express / Sep 2021)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)
What is the Elgar Parishad and who Oganised It? (SabrangIndia / Sep 2018)

Prakash Ambedkar questioned on funds used for ‘Elgaar Parishad’

Prakash Ambedkar questioned on funds used for ‘Elgaar Parishad’

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Ambedkar was a key speaker and president of the Elgaar Parishad, a conclave held at the Shaniwar Wada in Pune on December 31, 2017, ahead of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
During his cross-examination before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry, senior Dalit leader and president of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, Prakash Ambedkar, was on Thursday questioned about the funds used for organising the ‘Elgaar Parishad.’
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Also Read:
Truth and dare in Bhima Koregaon (The Leaflet / Oct 2023)
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
Bhima Koregaon Violence: Four Different Theories, but No Justice in Sight (The Wire / Jan 2022)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)
What is the Elgar Parishad and who Oganised It? (SabrangIndia / Sep 2018)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati│ by Sudhir Dhawale │ March 2018)

Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry gets extension till Feb 28

Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry gets extension till Feb 28

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Violence was reported in Koregaon Bhima area in Pune district on January 1, 2018, when thousands of Ambedkarite Dalits gathered at the ‘Jaystambh’ at Perne Phata in Pune district to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
… As per an order issued by the state home department, the commission has been given an extension of another five months till February 28, 2024. This is the 13th time that an extension has been granted to the commission since it was formed.
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Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)

Truth and dare in Bhima Koregaon

Truth and dare in Bhima Koregaon

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The Leaflet / by Susan Abraham

The Bhima Koregaon–Elgar Parishad ‘Maoist’ conspiracy case is a grand experiment with truth where the State is daring the people to stand up for justice.
‘TRUTH or dare’ is a mostly verbal party game requiring two or more players. Players are given the choice between answering a question truthfully, or performing a ‘dare’. The premise is simple: Players take turns asking one another ‘truth or dare?’ If they choose truth, they have to answer a question of the asker’s choosing. If they choose dare, the asker dares them to do something rather than make a confession.
Suppose the State were to subject its citizens to a macabre version of this game by cooking up a conspiracy case and locking up people behind bars. Then tell them that in order to win their freedom, they have to choose the ‘truth’ of the conspiracy or the ‘dare’ to dissent.
This is the absurd logic that plays out when you try to make sense of the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case.
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Five years of Bhima Koregaon arrests: CDRO marks ‘black day’ (The Leaflet / Jun 2023)

Bhima Koregaon Commission Term Expires

Bhima Koregaon Commission Term Expires

Graphic by Arun Ferreira & Vernon Gonsalves

Rediff.com / by Jyoti Punwani

If an extension is granted, the Commission’s next hearing will be a long one: From October 16-28, so as to complete the cross-examination of all remaining witnesses.
As the Bhima Koregaon Commission of Inquiry comes close to finishing its hearings, it faces a familiar roadblock: the end of its current term. September 30 is the last day of its functioning, till it gets another extension.
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Also Read:
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 2022)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobinmag / April 2021)