Dalit community protests following violence in Indian state of Maharashtra
- The violence arose during celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon, where low-caste Dalits sided with the British colonial army to defeat the upper-caste rulers of the region.
- The rally was allegedly attacked by a right-wing Hindu nationalists, leading to the death of a 28-year-old man and protests throughout Maharashtra calling for justice for Dalits.
- Demonstrations in Mumbai blocked highways and train stations, leading to mass arrests and violent clashes with police.
“Dalit protests: How Mumbai was shut down” (Al Jazeera | January 2018)
“Bhima-Koregaon violence: 3,000 Dalit youths detained, no action against right-wing leaders, alleges Ambedkar” (Hindustan Times | January 2018)
“Caste violence erupts in India over 200-year-old faultline” (CNN | January 2018)
“Indian Dalit recalls protest that paralysed Mumbai” (BBC News | January 2018)