Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rajsri Shahu Maharaj’s statue unveiled

Pratibha Patil unvield the statue of Rajsri Shahu Maharaj in the Lok Sabha. The late Maharaja of Kolhapur pioneered a lot of welfare concept more than a century ago when they were unheard of in many parts of the world… from widow remarriage and inter-caste marriage and from free education to challenging the Brahmin supremacy in religious rites! But what actually set him apart was the fact that he reserved 50% of the government jobs for the oppressed classes… 80 years before Mandal Commission suggested 'affirmative action'!

No wonder Shahu Maharaj has become a poster boy for Mayawati… she has renamed the Kanpur University and one district after him… an honour that his home state has also not given him!

3M Trivia - Shahu Maharaj is the 3rd Marathi Manoos after Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar whose statue has been installed in the Lok Sabha. Incidently all 3 have contributed immensely in uplifting the downtrodden in India.

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