NEW DELHI: India is facing some serious clashes over caste issues. After a day of angry protests by Dalit groups across towns and cities in Maharashtra following caste clashes, Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of BR Ambedkar and head of a Dalit group, has called for #MaharashtraBandh on Wednesday.
Common Man in #Mumbai today paid the price in Caste War 💥
BJP's Caste & religion monster is ruthless in #MaharashtraCasteClash
Hate and divide strategy of RSS outfits hits back to them only.
Police was spectator there #Chembur #BhimaKoregaon #MumbaiFire #ShameOnCM pic.twitter.com/maCQcTpp1b
— RAMAN SHARMA (@sarvmanglamcom) January 2, 2018
Around 250 other Dalit groups supported the call for the statewide shutdown. Dalit groups clashes with local right-wing organisations on Monday, the 200th anniversary of the Anglo-Maratha battle at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune. A 30-year-old Maratha youth was killed in clashes and at least 12 other people were injured. The following day, Dalit protesters blocked major roads in Mumbai, disrupted road traffic and train services. Over 160 buses were damaged and heavy security had to be deployed. Over 100 protesters were later detained by the police.
Some hashtags are trending on Twitter regarding the fierce clashes, including #MumbaiBandh, #MaharashtaBandh and #MaharashtraCasteClash. Check out some of the tweets here:
— PrimeFeed (@PrimeFeed_in) January 3, 2018
The man Sambhaji Bhide who is booked for perpetuating violence in Maharashtra was seen with @narendramodi during Loksabha campaign.
Why BJP always has links with violence and riots? #MaharashtraBandh pic.twitter.com/E15I0i1vBt
— aaptimist (@aaptimist_) January 3, 2018
Tension in Maharashtra
*Neither Marathas won, Neither the Brahmins nor the Dalits but the English wins who even after 200 years has been able to Divide us and make us fight amongst ourselves !* #MaharashtraBandh #MaharashtraCasteClash
— Sagar Nisar (@sagarnisar2907) January 3, 2018
Hindus involved in Caste fight must not forget that, many foreign agencies & ideologies along with local Sickulars are working towards breaking India!
RETWEET if you're a True Indian and against Caste Reservation!#MaharashtraBandh #BhimaKoregaonViolence #CongressDividingIndia
— Sara Ali Khan (@WhoSaraAliKhan) January 3, 2018
I crossed my #street, he asked my #Caste....
Crossed my #District/town, he asked my #Religions and city...
Crossed my state, he asked my native language...
And I became an #Indian only after I crossed my country !!!#MaharashtraBandh #MaharashtraCasteClash #Chembur
— Saleem Sarang (@saleemsarangs) January 3, 2018
My request to my fellow Maharashtrians: we are land of Ambedkar, Shahu, Phule, of Gokhale and Tilak too: violence has no place in society.. let peace prevail above all else. #MaharashtraBandh
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 3, 2018
A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 2, 2018
Story first published: 3rd January 2018