In the aftermath of the Bhima-Koregaon violence, the political narrative shifted around the Dalit-Marathas equation in the state.
The 1st day of January marks the beginning of a new year and celebrations for everyone around the world, but for the Dalit community, the day also commemorates the battle of Bhima Koregaon, a significant event in the Dalit history that was unknown to the masses at large until last year. But before moving on to what happened last year, first, let us know why the battle of Bhima-Koregaon is so significant for the Dalit community.
Years later, it was Dalit revolutionary Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar who visited the pillar and paid tribute to the soldiers. In his view, this battle was a victory of Mahars over the Peshwas and their brahminical rule in which Dalits were tortured and discriminated. Since then the Bhima-Koregaon village sees Dalit communities gathering at the Vijay Stambh every year on January 1st.