The Maratha Kranti Morcha was started a month ago and in this small span of time, it has managed to gather a mammoth of 15 lakh Marathas from all walks of life. The Maratha front has followers from across 20 cities of Maharashtra including Aurangabad, Usmanabad, Jalgaon , Beed , Parbhani , Hingoli, Nanded, Jalna, Akola , Latur, Navi Mumbai, Solapur, Ahmednagar and Nasik. And now, they have set foot in the cultural capital, the education centre and one of the important IT hubs of the state—Pune.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha is holding a silent mach in the city today which will conclude by submitting a memorandum of requests to the District Collector. The demands put forth through the silent agitation are three-fold— 1. Seeking to punish the culprits of Kopardi minor girl gang rape and murder at the earliest; 2. Amendment of the Prevention of Atrocities Act so as to check its misuse; 3. Petitioning for reservations of the Maratha community, seeking a quick redressal of the issue.
The Maratha front will commence the march after paying homage to the great Maratha warrior Raja Sambhaji Maharaj’s statue at the Deccan Square. The march will proceed through Laxmi Road and end at the Council Hall, where a delegation of five girls will present the memorandum to the district collector. The nitty gritties of planning and organising the march are being taken care of at the Marathon Bhavan lent to the front by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Several IT professionals have volunteered to design and manage the social media, seeking people’s support through Facebook and Twitter mass messages. A missed call service has also been subscribed for in case people want to extend their support but are unable to attend the march.
One of the most appreciating aspects of the march being organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha is that there is no political inclination to it. Even if a political member wishes to extend support, he might do so as an ordinary person—without branding his political party, carrying propagandistic banners or delivering speeches. It is a voluntary initiative, raised suo moto by the Maratha community to seek a resolution to problems faced by them on a daily basis. There is no single leader who is managing the show, and absolutely no outsourced cash funding. People from the Maratha community have lent their services in managing the event in whatever capacity that they can—be it printing, arrangement of food, banners, SMS service, et al. To make things even better, the Maratha front has also organised a cleanliness drive after the march is over.
The Maratha community hopes that through the march, the Central Government is forced to intervene and pay heed to their issues, which have been earlier ignored by the Congress-NCP Alliance.