Bhima Koregaon: Our War Cry!


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The Bhima Koregaon monument has emerged as a symbol of the marginalized. For the student of history, Bhima Koregaon is a site that lets one be awed by the determination to memorialize in the face of subtle to brute resistance from the ruling classes. In this book, through events around Bhima Koregaon monument we get a glimpse of the dynamic interaction of tangible physicality and intangible memory. The essays provide evidence for the historical processes of building the monument, the political context in 1818, its remembrance through the collective memory of the marginalized, its erasure by the ruling classes and some 200 years later in the year 2018, large scale state violence on the marginalized. What is the connection between the ruling class in the region in 1818 and in 2018? Who are they? Who are the people who are resisting the memory and who are the people who want to remember 1818? What does it say about the caste system? Bhima Koregaon does not lend itself to easy binaries like: Hindu- Muslim, Colony-Post-Colony, Nation-Colonizer, etc. It works on the main fault line of the subcontinent – caste


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