How Dwijs hinduized Chhatrapati Shivaji

Jotiba Phule used the sobriquet ‘Kulwadi Bhushan’ (The King of Peasants and Workers) for Chhatrapati Shivaji. He has also written a powada on Shivaji, which portrays the Maratha hero as a respecter of all religions. And, that, by far, is the real Shivaji

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj held egalitarian values dear. In his eyes, all religions were equal and no person was to be discriminated against on the basis of his caste. But the Dwijs have conferred the title of “Hindu Hriday Samrat” (One who rules over the hearts of the Hindus) on him. This is a conspiracy perpetrated against the common man. As part of it, the protagonists of brahmanical ideology had started celebrating Shivaji Jayanti twice or thrice every year. But now it has been firmly established that Shivaji was born on 19 February.

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