Excerpt from Gadkari’s RaajSanyas is questionable but Sambhaji Brigade is definitely not unimpeachable

Cyber Journal 24 Web News, February 9, 2017

By Akshay Bikkad

No matter if it’s developed or underdeveloped society, vermin will always exist. They live with the sole purpose of spreading anarchy and misapprehensions among people. These goons are especially benefited by the silence of the common man. Sometimes they might be politically motivated as well.

People in Maharashtra often witness cases involving these vermin; they try to disturb the social balance of the society. Let it be infamous Khairlanji Village Massacre or recent assassination of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar. Such elements recently made it on the headlines by demolishing poet/play writer Ram Ganesh Gadkari’s statue in Pune.

On January 3, Sambhaji Park (Pune) based statue of Ram Ganesh Gadkari was found demolished. Racist, fringe group called Sambhaji Brigade claimed the responsibility for demolishing the statue.


Ram Ganesh Gadkari was a renowned play-writer, humorist, and poet who immensely contributed to Marathi literature. He has also written a play that is loosely based on the life of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, son of great Hindu ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Name of the play is “RaajSanyas” and it was written about 100 years ago.

In the 5th volume of RaajSanyas, Gadkari has used highly objectionable language while describing the king. In one monologue he is showed to be abusing himself, which no one can justify.

Members of Sambhaji Brigade, which is infamous for vandalizing Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, broke the bust of Gadkari which was located in Sambhaji Garden, Pune. They justified their act by suggesting that Gadkari had used objectionable language for the king in one of his plays.

Gadkari’s work in question was forgotten long ago along with his views about Chhatrapati Sambhaji. Limited numbers of people have read it, but due to the shallowness of Sambhaji Brigade, the long forgotten writings of Gadkari came into limelight. This act has defamed Chhatrapati more than anything else. According to me, they both are equally deplorable for defaming the great king.

If Sambhaji Brigade really wanted to condemn Gadkari’s work, and stop the spreading of venomous content about the king, they would have demanded a ban on that book. They could have easily approached relevant authorities instead of breaking the bust and making that content even more famous.

Approaching the court would have had proved more efficient and lawful. But, till date, Sambhaji Brigade has not demanded a ban on the book. Thus, it would be logical to say that their intent was not to stop the defamation of king but to create a stunt ahead of polls as they are the youngest entrants of the political battleground of Maharashtra. The group has recently declared that their own party will field candidates in upcoming PMC polls.

Banning a book isn’t a new thing for us as there is a list of books which were banned due to various reasons. Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ was banned for hurting sentiments of Muslims. Another recent example is ‘Red Saree’ by Javier Moro, this was banned due to its contentious content about Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi.  So it shouldn’t be difficult to ban a book or play that insults a great Hindu ruler.

As mentioned earlier, Brigade is solely based on the sympathy of Maratha hardliners and Brahmin hate. Their intent was to create a rift between two castes ahead of polls. We can conclude that the incident happened to promote Brahmin hate and not for love towards the king.

Thus, both, Gadkari’s play in question and Sambhaji Brigade are equally destitute and can’t be justified at any cost.


Akshay writes for several websites and newspapers, you can email him-akshay.bikkad@outlook.com

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