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Pune: A meeting was held in Pune’s Pimpri Chanchor locality on 25 December 2011. It was presided over by Purushottam Khedekar, founder of Shiv Dharm and Maratha Seva Sangh, to explain why Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar had burnt Manu Smriti. In this meeting Manu Smriti, which is the most cruel symbol of the Brahminic ideology, was consigned to flames in the presence of thousands of people and in front of a large number of policemen.

In this meeting which was attended by many important personalities of the Dalit community as well as many former government officers in addition to common people, Mr. Bagal said that Manu Smariti is nothing but a set of conspiratorial and exploitative documents or book which preaches insult, humiliation, exploitation and suppression of Bahujan interests and teaches how to keep them backward for ever. He said that Brahmins have trapped and entangled common Hindus in complicated religious problems and subjected them to various restrictions from which they can never be emancipated. These religious restrictions have nothing to do with facts nor can they bring any kind of benefit to them. He said that in 1925 Baba Saheb Ambedkar, by openly burning Manusmiriti, had given a message to Bahujans to unite against Hinduism and today we have assembled here to revive the same message.

In his eye-opening speech Bagal said that the real aim of Manu Smiriti is nothing but to make Bahujans slaves of Brahmins using the smokescreen of religion. In Manu Smriti, Brahmins have been given so much authority and rights to violate the honour of Bahujan women that after marriage, a Bahujan girl will have to sleep with a Brahmin male from the very first to 8th night. And this tradition exists among Namboodripad Brahmins of Kerala even today. He also openly made fun of Ganesh Chaturthi and asked how and from where he developed such a long trunk and how he became such a strange god. He said that today the chief secretary of Maharashtra government is a Dalit (Ratnakar Gaikwad) which Brahmins find difficult to digest. He said that not only religion but the entire system and administration of the country runs along Manu Smriti lines in some way or the other, though we don’t feel and understand it. He said that Hinduism itself is a collection of symbolic, imaginary and mythical stories and anecdotes on the pretext of which rules to keep and treat Bahujans as slaves of Brahimins have been made.

Purushottam Khedekar said that by burning Manu Smriti, Baba Saheb had declared a war against the Brahminical system and today we have assembled here to repeat the same declaration of war. He said that Muslims have the same right and claim on Jyotiba Phule, Shivaji Maharaj and Baba Saheb Ambedkar as Bahujans but I don’t understand why Muslims are so afraid and prefer to lie low. He said that there is only one alternative against the widespread network of Brahmins that we should achieve higher education and occupy high government posts. Commenting on the incident of Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi offering milk to Ganapati, he asked the audience why had Manohar Joshi offered milk to Ganapati on 25 September 1995 and immediately after that media had given countrywide publicity to this unimportant incident? Answering this question himself, he said that it was on 25 September that Kolhapur’s Shahu Maharaj had ordained that acquisition of education is compulsory for Bahujans and had issued a G.R. He said that Manohar Joshi and Brahmin lobby wanted to see how conscious and capable Bahujans have become after acquiring education and how strong is the grip of the Brahminic system on them. According to Purushottam, all the Bahujans failed this examination because most of the Bahujans had blindly believed in this conspiracy of Manohar Joshi. He further said that Brahmins had used Bahujans for demolishing Babri Masjid, but they (Brahmins) don’t allow many castes of Bahujans to even approach Ram Mandirs. He dubbed the media as the biggest Brahminical mafia and said that the only way to tackle this mafia is that our people should acquire expertise in the world of journalism and get associated with big newspapers and magazines. As the speech of Purushottam Khedekar was in progress, some educated Bahujan ladies suddenly stood up and started burning copies of Manu Smriti and in no time flames of fire began to rage in the atmosphere.

It may be noted that this historic incident was largely blacked out by the national media and if at all some did, it was reported very briefly albeit reluctantly but it augurs a great social revolution in future, at least in Maharashtra. This is a revolution which may ensure security and peace to Muslims and Christians and enable them to breathe freely in the open air, even though this incident may not be related to them directly. (Mushtaque Madni, Pune - translated from Urdu)

See also “Purushottam Khedekar”, p. 6 in this issue

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-29 February 2012 on page no. 3

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