Bust of Krantiveer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Installed At PCDA (Army) Pune

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Pune, 30th December 2023: In a momentous ceremony on the 28th of December 2023, PCDA (Army) Pune inaugurated the bust of Krantiveer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. The event was graced by the insightful address of Chief Guest Dr. Rajeev Chavan, IDAS, ndc PCDA(A) Pune, and attended by esteemed dignitaries including Vikram Rajapure, IDAS, DCDA, S.R. Boid, IDAS, DCDA, and others.

The occasion resonated with the spirit of social reform, women’s education, empowerment, farmer’s welfare, and equality championed by Mahatma Phule. Dr. Chavan, in his address, shed light on Jyotiba Phule’s transformative journey from a farmer’s son to a staunch advocate for social justice.

Highlighting the struggles of Phule’s family, originally known as ‘Gorhay,’ Dr. Chavan emphasized their resilience amidst societal challenges, symbolized by their transformation into the ‘Phule’ family due to their expertise in floristry.

Dr. Chavan eloquently portrayed Jyotiba’s commitment to challenging the caste system and societal restrictions, breaking the barriers of the caste system, and providing equality and fraternity. The Chief Guest delved into Jyotiba’s visionary efforts in women’s education, underscoring the establishment of the first girls’ school in 1851 and the crucial role played by his wife Savitribai.

Acknowledging Jyotiba Phule as a trailblazing social reformer, Dr. Chavan highlighted his relentless crusade against caste discrimination and the formation of the Satya Shodak Samaj in 1873, marking a systematic deconstruction of existing beliefs.

The Chief Guest noted Jyotiba Phule’s enduring legacy, influencing later stalwarts like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. Chavan drew attention to Mahatma Phule’s literary contributions, including impactful works like Ghulamgiri and Shetkaryaka Asud, stressing their enduring relevance in the ongoing struggle against caste-based discrimination.

Reflecting on Mahatma Phule’s broader societal impact, Dr. Chavan mentioned memorials and institutions across the country, including 18 schools in Pune itself, as a testament to his enduring legacy. The event concluded with a poignant reflection on Jyotirao Phule’s multifaceted contributions, reinforcing the ongoing commitment to social reform and equality.

The ceremony featured a group photograph capturing the collective tribute paid to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule by the attendees, symbolizing unity in honoring his legacy.