Summary: Anand Dave, district president of ABBM, said, “We are not against Elgaar Parishad, or people gathering at Bhima Koregaon for celebrations. In fact, there is a difference of opinion among historians on whether the British Army won at Bhima Koregaon,” said Dave. In the battle, which took place on January 1, 1818, the British Army had defeated the Peshwas. It was a battle between the British Army and the Maratha kingdom. The British government had erected a Jay-stambh (victory memorial) at Perne village near Bhima Koregaon in Pune, in the memory of soldiers in the British Army who had died in the battle.
Gujarat Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch leader Jignesh Mevani addressing a press conference in New Delhi on wednesday. Express photo by Renuka Puri Gujarat Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch leader Jignesh Mevani addressing a press conference in New Delhi on wednesday.Express photo by Renuka Puri A day after it urged authorities to deny permission for the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ — an event to mark the 200th year of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon — the Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh (ABBM) “welcomed” Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and other speakers to the conference. In the battle, which took place on January 1, 1818, the British Army had defeated the Peshwas. The members of the Dalit community believe that the British force largely comprised soldiers from the Dalit Mahar community, who waged a “war for freedom” from the alleged castiesm of the Peshwas, who were upper-caste Brahmins. Anand Dave, district president of ABBM, said, “We are not against Elgaar Parishad, or people gathering at Bhima Koregaon for celebrations. We are only against casteism… We welcome Mevani, JNU student (Umar Khalid) and other speakers to Pune… we are open to interactions with organisers of the conference , As Reported By IE.
According to the Newspaper,If they are willing, let there be an open debate.” “Our stand is that both the British Army and the Indian forces, represented by Peshwas, had soldiers from various castes. Many soldiers from Peshwa’s army sacrificed their lives in this war. So, as Indians, we feel it’s not right to celebrate the victory of the British.