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26th July (1902) in Dalit History – Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj ordered 50% reservation for backward classes


26th July (1902) in Dalit History – Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj of Kolhapur issued orders for reservation of 50% posts in the state services for the backward classes.

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24th July (1921) in Dalit History – Nabhik Students Hostel was started at Kolhapur


24th July (1921) in Dalit History – Nabhik Students Hostel was started at Kolhapur on the land at Rankala which was donated by Shahuji Maharaj.

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15th July (1921) in Dalit History – Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj of Kolhapur abolished the Mahar Vatan slavery


15th July (1921) in Dalit History – Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj of Kolhapur abolished the Mahar Vatan slavery

15th July

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Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj’s contribution toward Dr. Ambedkar


Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj’s contribution toward Dr. Ambedkar

Also check – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s letter to Sahuji Maharaj – When Babasaheb sought Shahuji Maharaja’s financial support

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Stamps issued on Shahuji Maharaj


[Tweet “On 01/05/1979 – The Indian postal department issued a stamp dedicated to Shahuji Maharaj.”]

On the first-issue citation, the Government of India described Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj as “A social revolutionary, a true democrat, a visionary, a patron of the theatre, music, sports and The Prince of the Masses”

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26th June (1874) in Dalit History – Birth anniversary of Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj


26 June (1874) in Dalit History – Birth anniversary of Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj

Shahu was born as the eldest son of Appasaheb Ghatge, chief of Kagal (senior) by his wife Radhabai, a daughter of the Raja of Mudhol in present-day Karnataka. He was adopted by Anandibai, widow of Raja Shivaji IV, in March 1884. Several generations of inter-marriage had ensured that Shahu’s family was connected intimately with the ruling dynasty of Kolhapur, which is apparently what rendered him a suitable candidate for adoption, despite his not being a male-line member of the Bhonsle dynasty.

Check also – When Babasaheb sought Shahu Maharaja’s financial support

Stamp issued on Shahu Maharaj

Stamp issued on Shahu Maharaj

The full name of Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj: Colonel His Highness Kshatriya-Kulawatasana Sinhasanadhishwar, Shrimant Rajashri Sir Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Kolhapur (Yeshwantrao Ghatge). He was the eldest son of His Highness. Meherban Shrimant Rajamanya Rajashri Jaisinhrao Ghatge [Abba Sahib Ghatge], Sarjerao Vazarat, Ma-ab, Chief of Kagal (Senior), by his first wife, Shrimant Akhand Soubhagyavati Radhabai Raje Ghatge [Baba Sahib, Radhabai], who was the only daughter of Meherban Shrimant Balwantrao Raje Ghorpade Bahadur, Chief of Mudhol, educ. Rajaram Coll., Kolhapur and Rajkumar Coll., Rajkot.

Read also – 17th March in Dalit History – Shahuji Maharaj’s Raj Tilak

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6th May in Dalit History – Death anniversary of Shahu Maharaj – A Bahujan Revolutionary


Sahuji Maharaj

Sahuji Maharaj

The Bahujan Samaj owes a deep debt of gratitude to the Bahujan Revolutionary CHHATRAPATI SHAHU MAHARAJ who was the ruler of Kolhapur state in Maharashtra from 1884 to 1922. He was born on 26/6/1874. Maharaj of Kolhapur wanted to exterminate the stifling and strangulating structures of caste system and untouchability which are the immoral institutions created by the brahminical class. By undertaking the responsibilities of the “Satya Sodhak Samaj movement” which was started by RASTRAPITHA JOTIBA PHULE, Shahu Maharaj toiled untiringly to uplift the Bahujan Samaj. He cautioned the Bahujan Samaj by showing the flagrant injustice happened to them by the despotic rule carried by the brahminical gluttons who seized hegemony in every sphere. Shahu Maharaj proposed communal representation and he viewed it as one of the weapon of liberation for the Bahujan Samaj. Writing to Lord Sydenham, Ex- Governor of Bombay in 1918, he said “the principle that majorities have no need of separate representation doesn’t hold good in a province where a selfish minority is likely to get the power, which is sure to be used to hold the majority (Bahujan Samaj) in perpetual vassalage.” Shahu Maharaj instigated many programs in order to liberate the Bahujan Samaj from the cloak of brahminical hegemony. The programs are as follows:

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When Babasaheb sought Shahu Maharaja’s financial support


C/o Henry S. King & Co.                               

9. Pall Mall, London S.W.

4th September 1921

My Dear Maharajasaheb,

As directed by Mr. Dalvi I am placing my financial difficulties before you in the hope of getting some relief. But I am sorry to have to approach you but thinking that as you had been pleased to regard me as your friend you would do something to enable me to tide over my difficulties. They have chiefly arisen through the fall in the Indian exchange on London. When I left India I had calculated the total expenses I would have to incur for my two years’ stay in London and according to then prevailing rate of exchange I found that I had sufficient funds for my purposes. But as the funds had bee invested by a friend with whom I had deposited them, I was not able to transfer them to London at the time when I left India. Last year in the month of December when the funds were sent to me I found that owing to the low rate of exchange the funds realized a sum in London which fell short of the required amount by nearly £ 150. I have to pay £100 for my Law fees and need about another £100 for my return passage to India. In all therefore I need about £200 to tide over my difficulties. I would be very much obliged if Your Highness can see your way to help me with a loan of that amount. I will repay it with interest when I return. The matter is so urgent and I know so few people that I ventured to sound the matter by first approaching Mr. Dalvi and as Your Highness desired me through him, to write directly I feel sure that hopes are not misplaced.

Dr Ambedkar

I hope Your Highness is enjoying good health. We need you ever so much for you are the pillar of that great movement towards social democracy which is making its headway in India.

Awaiting the favour of an early reply I am yours sincerely.

B.R. Amedkar

(Source: Shahu Research Institute Kolhapur. Shahu Maharaj commemorative souvenir 1981).

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