It wasn’t only the financial capital of India that witnessed violent clashes yesterday, 2nd January 2018. Even Aurangabad saw the violent clashes and protests in which public property was damaged. Several parts of Mumbai came to a near standstill yesterday after Dalits blocked the several roads in most of the areas, forced shops to shut down and also attacked a journalist from a television news channel.
It all started when a woman died at an event on January 1, Monday, to mark the 200th anniversary of the combat of Bhima Koregaon in Pune district. The leader of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, Prakash Ambedkar has called a Maharashtra ‘bandh’ today, January 3, to protest the state government’s failure to stop January 1st’, Monday’s violence. Ambedkar, Dr. B R Ambedkar’s grandson tells that the stones were pelted on the Dalits over a 45 kilometer stretch in the district of Pune as the police stood like a mute spectator.
Now, the question is why have you called a Maharashtra ‘bandh’ on Wednesday? The answer is – it is because of the police inactivity. Citizens are already observing a ‘bandh’ call, then there will be no violence. In fact, this is an opportunity for people: Whether they want to be a Hindutva violent either they want peace. If people want peace, then a ‘bandh’ is a clear message for Hindutva forces.
The Dalit leaders observe the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community – then was considered as untouchable – were part of the East India Company’s forces. Lakhs of Dalits and assemble around the Victory Pillar (Vijay Stambh) built by the British in Sanaswadi village when suddenly stone pelting started, allegedly by some of the right-wing troops carrying saffron flags.
Now, it seems that somewhere political agenda is hidden behind this protest and violence. The Dalit community has started to lean toward the ruling government which has turned out to be a serious matter for many opposition parties. For instance; In Karnataka, the Congress has targeted the Lingayat community and trying to divide them into two fractions. It is a well-known fact for all of us that since Independence they have used Dalits, OBCs, Muslims as a weapon for their political benefits.
At the end, it is a common man who suffers in the political propaganda of politicians.
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