लाखो मराठा बांधवांच्‍या गर्दीने धुळेेही झाले भगवे, ऐतिहासिक ठरला मोर्चा

धुळे – सांगलीनंतर आज धुळे शहरात सकल मराठा समाजाच्‍या वतीने विविध मागण्‍यांसाठी मूकमोर्चा काढण्‍यात आला. विविध मागण्‍यांचे फलक, भगवे झेंडे आणि भगव्‍या टोप्‍या परिधान करुन लाखो समाजबांधवांनी या मोर्चात सहभाग घेतला होता. सकाळी 9.30 पासून शहरात मराठा समाजबांधव एकत्र यायला सुरुवात झाली, परिसरातील 50 गावातून लोक पायी धुळ्यात दाखल झाले. शिवाय नाशिक आणि जळगाव जिल्‍ह्यातील मराठा बांधवांचीही मोठ्या संख्‍येने या मोर्चात उपस्‍थिती होती.

Maratha Kranti morcha dhule

Maratha Kranti Morcha at Dhule

महाराजांच्‍या पुतळ्याला अभिवादन..
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज यांच्‍या पारोळा रोडवरील पुतळ्याला अभिवादन करून मराठा क्रांती मूक मोर्चाला दुपारी बारा वाजता सुरूवात झाली्. त्‍यापूर्वी काही विद्यार्थिनींनी मनोगत व्‍यक्‍त केले. विविध मागण्‍यांच्‍या पाट्या घेऊन युवक युवती मोठ्या संख्‍येने या मोर्चात सहभागी झाले होते. सकाळी आठपासूनच देवपूरमधील एसएसव्हीपीएस महाविद्यालय, जळगाव रोड व अग्रसेन महाराज यांच्‍या पुतळ्यापासून मराठा समाजबांधव हजारोंच्या संख्येने मोर्चाच्या मुख्य स्थळी एकत्र आले. शहरात ठिकठिकाणी भगवे झेंडे लावले होते.

मोर्चात 3500 स्‍वयंसेवक..
तीन ड्रोन कॅमे-यांच्‍या मदतीने या मोर्चाच्‍या प्रत्‍येक हालचालीवर नजर ठेवली गेली. आतापर्यंत राज्‍यभरातील मोर्चामध्‍ये घडलेले शिस्‍तीचे दर्शन धुळ्यातही घडले. 3500 स्‍वयंसेवकांचा या मोर्चात सहभाग होता. मोर्चामुळे आज शहरातील शाळांना सुटी देण्यात आली होती. ठिकठिकाणी बॅरिकेट्स लाऊन वाहतूक वळवण्‍यात आली होती.

Maratha Kranti morcha dhule

Maratha Kranti morcha at Dhule

असा होता बंदोबस्‍त- माेर्चाच्या मुख्य बंदाेबस्तासाठी पाेलिस अधीक्षकांसह एक अप्पर पाेलिस अधीक्षक, चार उपविभागीय पाेलिस अधिकारी, 11 पाेलिस निरीक्षक, 45 उपनिरीक्षक, सहायक उपनिरीक्षक, 900 पाेलिस पुरुष कर्मचारी, 90 महिला पाेलिस कर्मचारी, पाचशे पुरुष हाेमगार्ड, शंभर महिला हाेमगार्ड असे एकूण हजार 650 कर्मचारी प्रत्यक्षात माेर्चाच्या ठिकाणी बंदाेबस्तासाठी तैनात होते. पोलिसांच्या मदतीसाठी माेर्चा अायाेजकांकडून पाच हजार स्वयंसेवकांची नियुक्ती करण्यात अाली होती. तसेच राज्य राखीव पोलिस बलाच्या तुकडीचे दाेन प्लाटून, रुग्णवाहिका, अग्निशमन दलाचा बंद अाणि दहशतवादविराेधी पथक, बाॅम्बशाेधक पथकातील कर्मचारीही माेर्चाच्या वेळी उपस्थित होते.

– article originally published in divyamarathi.com

Maratha Kranti Morcha owes its success to social media, not mainstream media

After Independence in India, the Maratha Kranti Morcha is the largest silent protest by the Maratha community. It is being appreciated across the nation because of its discipline, cleanness and the absence of any of the nonsense seen in other agitations like those conducted by the Jats, Gurjars and Patels. Marathas make up nearly 35 percent of Maharashtra’s population of 12 crore and of the states 288 MLA, 145 are Marathas.

Every community has the constitutional right to hold protests, marches etc if they have some demands. The Maratha marches for the past three weeks (and four subsequent weeks) will cover almost 18 districts. In each district, the average number of eight lakh Marathas taking to the street includes children, collegians, women, workers and senior citizens.


Maratha community members holding a protest rally demanding reservation and justice for Kopardi rape victim, at CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai last Wednesday.

Over the past few weeks, many have been asking about the march and wondering who is behind the march. More than any political motive, the real reason for lakhs of Marathas to take to the streets is their anger over the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl on 13 July. In the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, a girl from the Maratha community was raped and tortured to death by three to four drunk people.

The incident was not covered by the mainstream media for some time. This led the youth from Kopardi as well as Nagar districts to go public about the incident on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. Angry social media posts went viral and a mob immediately gathered, leading the local police to swing into action and arrest the culprits within 24 hours. But by then, details of the incident had already gone viral across state boundaries, and youths from many parts of the state gathered to support the family.

“The first silent march was started in Aurangabad and other parts of Marathawada, however no one bothered to report this protest. The news was initially published only by a couple of vernacular media outlets, but prominent wings of the media (including television channels, Mumbai-based English and Marathi newspapers) completely ignored the march. However, we had anticipated that the traditional Brahminical media would not report the matter, so we have focused on social media to connect with the Maratha community and mobilise it. We formed several WhatsApp groups and created Facebook pages to send the message to maximum people. Today, with pride, I can say all Marathas – not only those from Maharashtra, but from across the globe are connected via this WhatsApp group. This is a big revolution. The majority of the community never come together and felt pride about themselves, but WhatsApp has changed our community’s traditional mindset. This is a period of churn and we hope all good things will happen henceforth,” said Bhaiya Patil, a social media expert

Ours is a silent protest. No slogans and speeches at all. We are not against any caste or region. We do not want to snatch anyone’s right. We are fighting for our rights in a silent and non-violent way

Liladhar Patil, a Maratha Seva Sangh officer-in-charge for north Maharashtra elaborated on the importance of social media to the march. Speaking to Firstpost, Liladhar Patil said that in order to direct the people, they made a trained activist the admin of the group and he used to upload real-time photos and drone images of the protest. “Besides, we wrote songs and other informative messages that helped to rouse the people to participate in the movement voluntarily,” he said.

“We do not rely on the traditional media, which is biased and wants to divide the community. Initially, they said that the Maratha morcha was against Dalits. When that failed, they said it was against OBCs. Now they are saying it’s against the Brahmins. The traditional media only wants negative news. Therefore, we are also keeping distance from them. Now, we are focusing on opening thousands of Twitter accounts and requesting people to post morcha photos and videos, and then tag the prime minister and chief minister so as to create a larger impact. We want to see the Maratha KrantiMorcha trend worldwide on Twitter,” he added.


Meanwhile, Maratha youth Satish Chavan from Jogeshwari in Mumbai said, “We hope the media does fair and factual reporting. They should not set the false ‘Maratha versus Dalit’, ‘Maratha versus OBC’ and ‘Maratha versus Brahmin’ narrative. Ours is a silent protest. No slogans and speeches at all. We are not against any caste or region. We do not want to snatch anyone’s right. We are fighting for our rights in a silent and non-violent way. People might have seen many protests, but the Maratha protest is unique in all forms and methods. History will remember these protests.”

A senior journalist and analyst Sanjay Miskin confirmed to Firstpost that the Kopardi incident was highlighted by social media, and until social media posts went viral, mainstream media had remained mum. The first protest in Aurangabad was disciplined, patient and non-violent. After three or four lakh members of the Maratha community joined the march, social media took the lead, he added. “Due to the advent of smartphones, it is easy to gather lakhs of people in one place. So while Kopardi is the cause, the real connection among the community is social media,” said Miskin.

The date and timing of the Mumbaimorcha will be announced soon, said a Maratha youth from Dadar. A meeting will be held to chalk out the strategy and planning on 30 September at Shivaji Mandir in Dadar, he added.

– article by firstpost.com

Lakhs Of Marathas Join Silent Protest In Maharashtra Demanding Reservation: All You Need To Know It

Maharashtra has always been embroiled by some political movements and protest marches. The Dalits had poured into streets to voice their disapproval in 1989 after the state government had censored B.R. Ambedkar’s “Riddles of Ram and Krishna”. Muslim community had erupted in demands of banning Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses”. Earlier in July, Mumbai also witnessed a huge gathering protesting against the demolition of Dr B R Ambedkar’s office in Dadar.

The state is now witnessing another huge protest over the past two months, this time by the Marathas. The silent protest reached its tipping point with the participation of over forty lakh people. It is undoubtedly the biggest protest ever seen in the recent history of the state. The protest has become a major concern of the political leaders and the government.

Shops were closed on closed on Sunday, and major traffic diversions were made in Pune for 5 kilometres as people marched with saffron flags bearing images of Shivaji.

What is the protest about?
The Marathas, who comprise a majority of 32 percent of the state’s population, have been resenting the Scheduled Caste and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 formulated to protect discrimination against SCs and STs. They believe that the law gives a little too much favour to the Dalits.

This time the protest which was triggered by the brutal rape and murder of a girl from the community two months ago, allegedly by three Dalit men in Kopardi village, Ahmadnagar, is now demanding 16 percent reservation for Marathas in the employment and education sectors, amendments to the Prevention of Atrocities Act and punishment for the rape accused.

The protests are being guided by hardline Maratha organisations like Maratha Seva Sangh, but they are trying to keep the protest apolitical and even leaderless.

The history of Marathas
Marathas have had a major stronghold in the state. While most of the chief ministers of the state have been Marathas, the agrarian sector of the state also comprises mainly Marathas. A majority of this agrarian sector has been living under grim economic situation since the time the liberalisation got intensified.

While influential Marathas got political power and entered cooperative sectors, the farmers became the deprived community. Economic woes became to be an ever-increasing concern for them. Today, the majority of farmers who commit suicides in Maharashtra are Marathas.

While the OBCs and other deprived communities have reservations in the state, Marathas remain helpless.

Reservation for Marathas
Marathas are demanding for the reservation since the 1980s, but it got a major boost in 2008 after the chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and NCP chief Sharad Pawar lent ears to their demand. However, the demand was rejected by the Backward Class Commission after a thorough examination.

Marathas had earlier demanded reservation along with the OBC block, but OBC leaders always objected it.

Before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress and NCP had put forward the same demand to a committee chaired by senior Congress leader Narayan Rane. It found that 16 percent reservation was favourable for the Marathas, but High Court didn’t rule in favour of the Marathas as they found that the community was not backward. The court also ruled that such a reservation would take over all reservations in the state — over 50 percent — which went against the apex court ruling.

The Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government in the state also supported the reservation, and now a committee under education minister Vinod Tawde has been set up to look at the matter.

A big question
If the Marathas now opt for 16 per cent of reservation in the state, it would require a constitutional amendment which is a time-consuming and pretty complicated affair. If Marathas wish to be granted the OBC status, then it would be opposed by the OBCs and the Kunbis, a deprived sub-section of Marathas. Since Marathas have always enjoyed hierarchical benefits, it won’t be possible to term them “backward”.

The case is very similar to that of the agitation by the Jats in Haryana and Patels in Gujarat. However, this protest has not resulted in any violence.

The Dalits in the state have, however, decided not to retaliate against the protesting Marathas.

The Maharashtra government is now in a complicated position.

-from the thelogicalindian.com

राज्यभरात दैनिक सामना विरोधात मराठा समाजाची तीव्र निदर्शने. सामनाच्या अंकाची होळी करत व्यक्त केला संताप.

मुंबई, दि. 26 (प्रतिनिधी)

शिवसेनेचे मुखपत्र असलेल्या दै.सामनाच्या दि.२५ सप्टेबंर रोजीच्या अंकात ‘मराठा क्रांती मोर्चा’ व शहीदांच्या बाबत व्यगंचित्राच्या माध्यामातून केलेल्या अश्लाघ्य टिप्पणी विरोधात आज मराठा समाजात तीव्र संताप दिसून आला. या निषेधार्थ आज राज्यभरातील विविध जिल्ह्यात, ठिकठिकाणी दैनिक सामनाच्या अंकाची होळी करुन रोष व्यक्त करण्यात आला.

सकल मराठा समाजाच्या वतीने आज राज्यातील नांदेड,औरंगाबाद, बीड, परभणी, जळगाव, यवतमाळ, रत्नागिरी, अहमदनगर, लातूर, उस्मानाबाद, सातारा, सांगली, पुणे ,सोलापूर, कोल्हापूर आदी शहरासह संपूर्ण राज्यभरात शिवसेनेचे मुखपत्र असणाऱ्या दै.सामनाची जाहीर होळी करण्यात आली. अहमदनगर येथे शिवसेना उपनेत्या आमदार निलम गोऱ्हे यांच्या पत्रकार परिषदेबाहेर मराठा संघटनाच्या कार्यकर्त्यांनी घोषणाबाजी करत सामनाच्या अंकांची होळी करण्यात आली. याबाबत आज दिवसभर सोशल मिडियावर मराठा समाजातील युवकांची तीव्र प्रतिक्रिया दिसून आली. कोपर्डी सारख्या दुर्दैवी घटनेच्या निषेधार्थ शांततेच्या मार्गाने मराठा समाजाचे मोर्चे सुरु असताना त्यामध्ये महिला,युवती मोठ्या संख्येने रस्त्यावर उतरत असताना या मोर्चाची दै.सामनातून उडवलेली खिल्ली ही निर्लज्जपणाचा कळस असल्याची भावना आंदोलकामधून व्यक्त झाली. याबाबत दै.सामना विरोधात लातूर,औरंगाबाद येथे पोलिसांत अधिकृत तक्रार करण्यात आली आहे.जर दै.सामनाचे संपादक संजय राऊत यांनी आपला माफीनामा दिला नाही तर त्यांना महाराष्ट्रात फिरु न देण्याचा इशारा यावेळी सकल मराठा समाजाच्या कार्यकर्त्याकडून दिला गेला आहे.



पुण्य नगरीत अवतरली मराठेशाही – ऐतिहासिक एल्गार !

आज पुणे मराठा क्रांती मूक मोर्च्याच्या माध्यमातून लाखो मराठ्यांनी आपल्या मागण्यांचा पुनर्रउच्चार केला. महिलांच्या नेतृत्वाखाली संपूर्ण मराठा मोर्चाने छत्रपती संभाजी महाराजांना पुष्पार्पण करून पुढे कूच केले. कोपर्डी नराधमांना फाशी, मराठा आरक्षण, अट्रोसिटीत बदल, शेतकऱ्यांच्या मालाला बाजारभाव आणि इतर मागण्यांचे निवेदन जिल्हाधिकारी सौरभ राव यांना देण्यात आले. प्रथमच कुठल्याही मोर्च्यासाठी 11 पोलीस आयुक्त आणि 16 सहायक आयुक्तांना तैनात केले होते.





शहरातील डेक्कन नदीपात्र, अलका चौक, लक्ष्मी रोड, पेठ परिसर हि सर्व ठिकाणे मराठयांनी व भगव्या झेंड्यांनी गजबजून गेले होते. मोर्च्यामध्ये इतर जाती-धर्माचे लोकही सामील झाली होती त्याचप्रमाणे राजकीय नेत्यांचा सहभागही दिसून आला.


यवतमाळात मराठ्या कुणब्यांचा जनसैलाब तर वाशीम मध्ये मराठ्यांचा मेळा

आज महाराष्ट्रात तीन ठिकाणी झालेल्या मराठा क्रांती मोर्चाला लाखोंच्या संख्येने मराठा समाजबांधवांनी हजेरी लावली. यवतमाळ येथे भर पावसात लाखो मराठा-कुणबी समाज बांधव आज आपल्या न्याय्य हक्कांसाठी आणि मागण्यांसाठी एकत्रित आले. शहरातील पोस्टल ग्राउंड येथून मराठा क्रांती मोर्च्याची सुरवात झाली. तर वाशीम मध्ये सुद्धा पावसातच मराठा बांधवांनी मराठा क्रांती मोर्चा पार पाडला.


नाशिक: गोदावरीला आला मराठयांचा महापूर

आज नाशिक येथे पार पडलेल्या मराठा क्रांती मोर्चामुळे  संपूर्ण शहरात मराठा समाज्याच्या महापूर पाहायला मिळाला. माता, भगिनी, मुल बाळ घेवून, आजोबा आज्जी, शेतकरी राजा, तरूण युवक, युवारणरागिणी, नौकरदार वर्ग, नाशिक च्या मराठा क्रांती मुक मोर्चात सहभागी झाली. आजच्या मोर्च्यातही मराठ्यांची शिस्त आणि एकजूट वाखाणण्यासारखी होती.


शहरातील गोदावरी नदीवरून मोर्चा मार्गस्त होऊन शेवटी गोल्फ क्लब मैदान येथे सर्व मराठा बांधव एकत्र आले. नंतर माननीय जिल्हाधिकाऱ्यांना मराठा समाज्याच्या मागण्यांचे निवेदन देऊन मोर्च्याची सांगता झाली. इतर मोर्च्यांप्रमाणे आजही मराठा स्व्ययंसेवकांनी मोर्च्या संपल्यानंतर शहराची साफ-सफाई केली.