Perspective

Memory and meaning

Print edition : February 02, 2018

January 1, 1927: Dr B.R. Ambedkar (centre, back row) at the Victory Pillar in Bhima Koregaon, after leading a ceremony commemorating the Battle of Koregaon. Photo: The Hindu Archives

April 14, 1950: Ambedkar with soldiers of the Mahar Regiment on his birthday.

For Dalits, Bhima Koregaon represents the promise of emancipation and social justice, and the recent violence against them indicates an upper-caste inability to confront the historical injustice done to them or understand their current struggle for equality.
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