A painting of Peshwa ruler Baji Rao.
A painting of Peshwa ruler Baji Rao. (Photo Courtesy: The Famous People/Altered by The Quint)
  • 1. What Was the Bhima Koregaon Battle?
  • 2. Why Did The Battle Take Place?
  • 3. Who Were the Mahars?
  • 4. Why Is the Battle Significant for Dalit Rights?
  • 5. Why Is There Violence Over Bhima Koregaon Now?
What Was the Bhima Koregaon Battle?

(This article was first published after the Bhima Koregaon protests in January 2018. It has been republished from The Quint’s archives in the light of the recent crackdown on five activists.)

Protests and violence gripped Maharashtra on 1 January 2018, after activists, some carrying saffron flags, attacked people gathered at Bhima Koregaon. One person died in the violence, many others were injured and over 40 vehicles were damaged.

Dalits from all walks of life were in Bhima Koregaon, about 40 kms from Pune city, to commemorate a 200-year-old battle in which the Dalit-dominated British army defeated Peshwas in Maharashtra.

The agitation that followed the violence led to local train services in parts of Mumbai being shut down. Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis has assured an inquiry into the violence and the death.

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