So who was the enemy in 1761? Was there an enemy in the singular? Can we find parallels in the 18th century for the times we live in? What was the battle all about? And what were its immediate consequences?
According to leaders of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, the government has promised several things, like hostels for Maratha students, 50 per cent concession in college admission fees and interest-free loans to Maratha youths.
The Maratha agitation will not end until the state government announces a deadline for holding a special session of the state legislature to decide on a quota law, Manoj Akhare, president of the state unit of Sambhaji Brigade, one of the organisations under the Maratha Kranti Morcha talks to the Indian Express.
The government made an appeal to Maratha leaders to come forward for a dialogue with the government. The BJP leaders have also been told to reach out to the community in their constituencies and address their concerns.
Maharashtra on Tuesday observed a state-wide bandh being observed by Maratha outfits, a day after the death of a Maratha youth in Aurangabad. The man identified as 27-year-old, Kalasaheb Shinde jumped into a river to commit suicide.
The Marathas, a third of the population of Maharashtra, began to agitate for their demands a little less than two years ago. While the current phase of renewed protests ended, the agitation is far from over.
At least 2,000 protesters from Thane will join lakhs of others marching from Byculla to Azad Maidan. Their demands are the same as those of Marathas elsewhere — reservation for the economically backward Marathas in jobs and higher education. To know more about the story watch out the video.