What followed aftermath the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle is an eyeopener for the people for a number of reasons. The RSS/BJP failed to create the rift between the Marathas/OBCs and the Buddhists (former Mahars). This is an indication that the OBCs are maturing to some extent to understand the social realities in India.
There were some positive articles in the newspapers highlighting that the Bhima Koregaon battle was not a nationalist battle, but the battle had a strong caste underpinning it. The Mahar-Nags were reduced to less than human beings and they destroyed the rule of the Brahmin/Peshvas in this battle. This is the underlying theme of the battle.
Some of the newspapers tried to give it a nationalist colour and some of them tried to make the false claim that the battle was between the Marathas and the Mahars. Of course, this is not true, but the Brahminical mind kept on harping this note through its media. Now that the things are settling, a few things are becoming clear. There are many organisations among the OBCs which are beginning to see through the Brahminical game of playing one community against another. Two Brahminical figures emerged as the key accused in the entire episode: Ekbote and Bhide. They instigated the Marathas of the Vadu Budruk to desecrate the tomb of Govind Mahar Gaikwad who performed the last rites of the great king Sambhaji. The attack on the Bhima Koregaon devotees was preplanned is clear from the pattern of violence.
What followed after the 1st of January is remarkable, the Ambedkarites came on the streets to protest the attack on their dignity. The battle of Bhima Koregaon is the example of 500 can destroy 28,000 if the battle is for justice and nothing else. The battle was the battle for justice, and it was not for wealth or power. This the Mahar-Nags who participated in the battle ensured dignity and confidence among the people for generations to come. That the Bhima Koregaon has now become the important symbol of the assertion throughout India is also remarkable. The OBCs have been fooled, as pointed by the great Mahatma Jotiba Phule, by the Brahmins in the name of artificial religion called Hinduism, and they are in awe of the Brahmins, but the battle proved that they are just mortals, and mean to that extent who thrive on other people’s wealth and labor. If more and more OBCs are awakened to this fact that there is nothing spiritual about Brahminism, and that it is all about governing them through religion and religious myths and stories, they will revolt.
Author – Mangesh Dahiwale