Maharashtra has been on a boil over the violence in Bhima Koregaon on January 1. With Dalit protesters hitting the streets of Mumbai, Pune and several towns of Maharashtra, the state has witnessed a near-complete shutdown. During the past few days, the protesters have targeted public transport vehicles and blocked roads at several points in Mumbai and other places in the state.
The Deccan Gymkhana police station in Pune has registered an FIR against Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and JNU student Umar Khalid for allegedly inciting the violence that took place on Monday in Pune. Complaints filed to police have alleged that Mewani and Khalid have encouraged the people to take to streets and retaliate. One person has been killed, and over 50 vehicles were torched and public property was damaged as a result of the violence.
Dalits across India celebrate The Bhima-Koregaon battle on January 1, to commemorate the victory of the English, whose troops comprised mostly of Mahar soldiers – then considered untouchable, against the Brahmin Peshwa-led Maratha Empire in 1818. The day is also celebrated as the Mahar Shaurya Din (Mahar valour day).
In view of the ongoing violence in Maharashtra, filmaker Vivek Agnihotri tweeted:
The ugliest face of casteism. This young child says “I will kill Marathas” We should be ashamed as a society. Who is filling these young minds with hate and violence? pic.twitter.com/pxldgSdzSF
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) January 3, 2018
Soon, the Twitterati responded:
This is what Congress under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi trying to give to India. Horrendous
— Asha Bisht (@AashaBisht) January 3, 2018
Congress shall pay for this.. Karma isn’t a joke !!
— Yedu (@yedu_krishna) January 3, 2018
Every action has a reaction. Maulanas are seeds of extremism, RSS is the fruit. Dont want fruit, dont sow seeds. One sided seculariam WON’T work क्योंकि लातों के भूत बातो से नहीं मानते। गांधी के एक तरफ़ा SICKULARISM पाकिस्तान बनाता है।
Till now we used to see pictures of kids with guns and stones in war torned Syria and Afghanistan. Speechless. Never thought will see something like this in our country. Worse the kid has no clue tht he has been told to attack his own countrymen
— Sudhakar Rao (@sudhakar10) January 3, 2018
Just remove the reservation everything will get normalized.. no one will bother abt caste then atleast in Metropolitan cities.
— Raj (@RT_tweeeett) January 3, 2018
When we elect JIGNESH kind of people who are instilling hatred among people, and enjoy violence to achieve their worst ever ambition of RAJ, this 5 year kid is born again..
— raghu (@RaghavKamath42) January 3, 2018
Shocking!! Someone also prompted the boy to say “Maratha”.
— কে এস এম (@ksmsundaram1975) January 4, 2018
Parents must b arrested first….
— Sawan Kumar (@ramukvs2001) January 3, 2018
This version is quite similar to the kashmiri version where kashmiri children openly threat to kill our army jawans.
— Diwakar Sharma (@Diwakar90sharma) January 3, 2018
But he speaks in Marathi !!
— Madhushree (@mads123s) January 4, 2018
Even after giving them caste based reservation for last 30yrs dalits still hate upper caste people. We didnt utter single word for last 30yrs against this discrimination but it seems instead of ending casteism it has further alienated the societies. Time to rethink reservation.
— Pankaj Chauhan (@iipankajchauhan) January 3, 2018
Who gave reservations to the Upper class ppl. Are all upper class ppl may be Brahmins kshatriyas etc r millionaires. They hv worked hard & hv achieved on their guts. Dr. Ambedkar never wanted perpetual reservations. Congress made a mess of it by exploiting the Dalits & Muslims
— Ameya Patil (@ammusfront) January 3, 2018
The only way to #EndCastPolitics is: “Mitron! aaj madhya raatri se saare jaati pramanpatra amaanya hongey!
Sabhi Bharatwaasi keval “Bharatiya” maane jayenge!” One firm assertion by @PMOIndia @narendramodi & we will make it happen even if it means facing few days of backslash
— Ajhay U Waghmare (@ajhay9) January 4, 2018