Conference to mark 200th yr of battle

Sakal Times
Saturday, 30 December 2017

Taking objection to the celebration of the bi-centennial of the Bhima-Koregaon Battle, members of the Samasth Hindu Agadhi noted that the idea of supporting the British should not be entertained. They said that BR Ambedkar never supported the Indian soldiers who fought for the British.

The programme will be organised at Shaniwarwada today

Pune: Various organisations from the city are organising programmes to mark 200 years of the Bhima-Koregaon battle. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pune police have given permission for the Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prena Abhiyaan- Elgar Parishad, which will be organised on December 31 at Shaniwarwada. 

Prakash Ambedkar, Santosh Shinde, Kishore Kamble, Jyoti Jagtap, Datta Pole, MN Kamble and Akash Sable, members of the organising team, informed the media about the event on Saturday. 

‘Elgar Parishad’ marks the 200 years of the fight against casteism. Various organisations across 16 districts of the State have come together to participate in this conference. Mother of late student leader Rohith Vemula, Radhika Vemula will inaugurate the conference. Also, former Justice PB Sawant will be present. 

Speaking to the media during a press interaction on Saturday, Prakash Ambedkar said that right-wing extremism in the country is still stirring.

“Such conferences will help us to advocate constitutional beliefs and hence, such conferences will be held time and again. Many people have raised the question that we should go and celebrate the day with the authorities. We want to, but since this government does not abide by constitutional beliefs, we are holding this conference,” said Ambedkar.  

Jignesh Mewani, a young leader from Gujarat, along with Umar Khalid, Vinay Ratansingh and Prashant Dondha will be present. The conference will commence at 2 pm and will finish at 8 pm at Shanivarwada.

Another organisation, Bharat Mukti Morcha, said that they will be organising a rally to mark the bi-centennial year. 

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