On Wednesday, leaders across party line paid tribute to Jyotiba Phule on his 128th death anniversary. Jyotirao Govindrao Phule, also known as Mahatma Phule, was an activist, thinker, social reformer and writer from Maharashtra and was known for his efforts towards social reform, women empowerment and education.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on social media that he and Maharashtra Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar and Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde paid tribute to Mahatma Phule at the Vidhan Bhavan.
Paid humble tributes to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule on his PunyaTithi at Vidhan Bhavan, this morning. Maharashtra Council Chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar ji, Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde ji and my colleague Ministers were present too. pic.twitter.com/O4EnHZc73N
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 28, 2018
The Congress Party also remembered the social reformer:
Jyotirao Phule was one of the most prolific social reformers in our history. He consistently fought for the rights of minority communities & advocated against untouchability & for women's emancipation. pic.twitter.com/SknSxSD6p1 — Congress (@INCIndia) November 28, 2018
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot tweeted:
My tributes to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. He was one of the foremost champions of social justice, who strived for equal rights for all regardless of caste n creed. He dedicated his entire life for upliftment of downtrodden n for women's education. Let us follow the path shown by him. pic.twitter.com/pkSpRnnwi0
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) November 28, 2018
Union minister for Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu tweeted: "Remembering the social reformer, visionary and writer from Maharashtra, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule ji on his death anniversary. His contribution towards the upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society is an inspiration for future generations."
Champion of underprivileged
Phule was born on 1 April, 1827, and died on 28 November, 1890. He worked towards eradicating untouchability and the caste system, emancipating women and the reform of Hindu family life.
In September 1873, Phule, along with his followers, formed the Satyashodhak Samaj (Society of Seekers of Truth) to attain equal rights for economically-disadvantaged and people from the lower castes.
Phule is regarded as an important figure of the Social Reform Movement in Maharashtra. He and his wife, Savitribai Phule, were pioneers of women's education in India. He is most known for his efforts to educate women and those from the lower castes. Phule opened the first school for girls in India in August 1848 and later started schools for children from Dalit castes of Mahar and Mang.
He championed the remarriage of widows and started a home for lower and upper caste widows in 1854, as well as a home for new-born infants to prevent female infanticide.
Phule tried to eliminate the stigma of social untouchability surrounding the lower castes by opening his home and the use of his water-well to members of the lower castes.
With inputs from ANI
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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2018 16:33:26 IST