Come, let’s make the Bahujan Calendar!

A majority of communities of the country have been victims of exploitation and oppression that is not only social and economic but also cultural. The dominant Manuvadi culture has tried to destroy their traditions and festivals. It has belittled and, in many cases, villainized their heroes. With more and more people receiving education, these communities are gradually awakening and digging up their lost traditions and heroes. The objective behind this Bahujan Calendar is to aid in this excavation of sorts

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 Bahujan calendar

Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule

January

DateOccasion
1 January 1818Battle of Bhima Koregaon
1 January 1848The Phule couple opens the first Indian school for girls
3 January 1831Savitribai Phule's birth anniversary (‘Education for All’ Day)
12 January 1972Chandrika Prasad Jigyasu's death anniversary (he was born in 1885, but the date is unknown)
13 January 1874Tilka Manjhi martyrdom day
24 January 1924Karpuri Thakur's birth anniversary
26 January 1950Constitution of India implemented
29 January 1904Jogendra Nath Mandal's birth anniversary

February

Date
Occasion
2 February 1922Jagdeo Prasad's birth anniversary
2 February 1949Motiravan Kangali's birth anniversary
7 February 1993Lalai Singh Yadav's death anniversary
11 February 1750Tilka Manjhi's birth anniversary
17 February 1879Poykayil Appachan's birth anniversary
Poornima (Full-moon day) of Shukla Pakshya, in the month of Magh (Vikram Sambat calendar); usually falls in January or FebruaryRaidas' birth anniversary
23 February 1873Sant Gadge's birth anniversary

March

DateOccasion
6 March 1968Sahodaran Ayyappan's death anniversary
10 March 1997Savitribai Phule’s death anniversary
15 March 1934Kanshi Ram's birth anniversary
23 March 1931Bhagat Singh martyrdom day
23 March 1910Ram Manohar Lohia's birth anniversary
Jotiba Phule- B.R. Ambedkar

Jotiba Phule and B.R. Ambedkar

April

DateOccasion
4 April 1890Jhalkaribai martyrdom day
5 April 1908Babu Jagjivan Ram's birth anniversary
11 April 1827Jotirao Phule's birth anniversary
11 April 1943Lal Singh Dil's birth anniversary
14 April 1891Ambedkar's birth anniversary
Chaitya Shukla Asthami (Vikram Sambat calendar); usually falls in the month of AprilAshok's birth anniversary
Vaisakh Shukla Tritiya (Vikram Sambat calendar); usually falls in AprilBasava's birth anniversary

May

DateOccasion
1 MayInternational Labour Day
6 May 1922Shahuji Maharaj's death anniversary
6 May 1879Achootanand's birth anniversary
11 May 1952Bodhanand’s death anniversary
Birsa Munda

Birsa Munda

June

DateOccasion
1 June 1873Phule’s book Gulamgiri published
9 June 1900Birsa Munda’s martyrdom day
18 June 1941Ayyankali death anniversary
Shukla Pakshya Purnima, in the second month (Jeth) of the Vikram Sambat calendar; usually falls in the month of JuneKabir's birth anniversary
26 June 1874Shahuji Maharaj's birth anniversary
29 June 1939Poykayil Appachan's death anniversary
30  June 1855Hul Day
(Sidhu and Kanhu’s martyrdom day)

July

DateOccasion
10 July 1971Bhikhari Thakur’s death anniversary
22 July 1933Swami Achhutanand’s death anniversary
26 July 1902Reservation Day

August

DateOccasion
7 August 1990Mandal Day (Announcement of implementation of OBC reservation)
9 AugustWorld Indigenous Peoples’ Day (in accordance with the UN's declaration in 1994)
14 August 2007Lal Singh Dil’s death anniversary
15 August 1947Independence Day
20 August 1856Narayan Guru's birth anniversary
21 August 1889Sahodaran Ayyappan's birth anniversary
22 August 1923Ramswaroop Verma's birth anniversary
28 August 1863Ayyankali's birth anniversary
Periyar EV Ramaswami

Periyar E.V. Ramasamy

September

DateOccasion
1 September 1911Lalai SIngh Yadav's birth anniversary
11 September 1957Thiyaki Immanuvel Sekaran’s death anniversary
17 September 1879Periyar's birth anniversary
20 September 1928Narayan Guru’s death anniversary
24 September 1873Satyashodhak Samaj established
27 September 1907Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary

October

DateOccasion
5 October 1968Jogendra Nath Mandal's death anniversary
9 October 2006Kanshi Ram’s death anniversary
9 October 1924Thiyaki Immanuvel Sekaran's birth anniversary
14 October 1956Dr Ambedkar’s conversion day (Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Diwas)
15 October 1934Anti-Devdasi tradition Bill passed for the first time (by Bombay Assembly)
Ashwin Shukla Sharad Purnima (according to Vikram Sambat calendar; usually falls in OctoberMahishasur Martyrdom Day
30 October 2015Motiravan Kangali's death anniversary

November

DateOccasion
15 November 1875Birsa Munda's birth anniversary
20 November 1923R.L. Chandapuri's birth anniversary
22 November 1830Jhalkaribai's birth anniversary
26 November 1949Ambedkar's submits draft Constitution
28 November 1890Jotiba Phule’s death anniversary
Govind Guru

Govind Guru

December

DateOccasion
4 December 1889Tantya Bhil martyrdom
6 December 1956Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary
18 December 1756Ghasidas' birth anniversary
18 December 1887Bhikhari Thakur's birth anniversary
20 December 1858Govind Guru's birth anniversary
20 December 1956Sant Gadge’s death anniversary
21 December 1982Anuplal Mandal’s death anniversary
24 December 1973Periyar’s death anniversary
25 December 1927Manusmriti burning day

 

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