Dalit writer Pradnya Daya Pawar and Dalit scholar Dr Raosaheb Kasabe reportedly left the venue of a literary meet at Patan in Satara district of Maharashtra after protesters demanded an apology for their “objectionable” comments on Shivaji.
Both Pawar and Kasabe denied the allegations that their speeches were “objectionable” and accused local Shiv Sena MLA Shambhuraj Desai of being involved in the protest.
The two-day literary meet was organised by the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad. On Friday, the speeches of Pawar and Kasabe were reportedly well received. Pawar spoke about cultural terrorism while Kasabe spoke about caste hegemony in society.
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On Saturday, Kasabe said, 25-30 youths entered the venue and told them to apologise for their “objectionable” statements. When Kasabe asked if they had heard the speeches, the youths reportedly replied in the negative.
Desai denied that the protesters had anything to do with him. “On Friday evening I got to know that objectionable remarks were passed at the meet, so I wrote to the district collector and SP to look into the matter,” he said. Satara SP Sandip Patil said they were probing the incident.