Gadchiroli Nov. 29 (District Correspondent) ‘Mahtma Jyotiba Phuley and Savitrimai Phuley struggled against the situation of severe social orthodox, superstition and brought about social change. Their work is revolutionary in real sense’, observed Dr. Smita Mehetre, social worker from Nagpur while addressing the death anniversary of Mahatma Phule that was observed as ‘Teachers Day’ at Phule Dampatya Pratishthan here on Tuesday.
The programme organized by Zilla Mali Samaj Mahasangha was presided over by Mr. Bhimraj Patrikar, President of the Sangathana while Dr. Premkumar Khobragade, writer, Prof. Sanjay Mangar, activist, Mr. Dilip Kotrange, founder of Mali Samaj Mahasangha, Fulchand Gurnule, President of Mali Samaj Sangathana were prominently seated on the dais as the chief guests.
In her well-studied speech, Dr. Mehetre dwelt upon the history of India and pointed out that many things about the social reformers and great men have been falsely described in the history to mislead the people. It was Mahatma Phule, who searched the ‘samadhi’ of Shivaji Maharaj, cleaned it and offered flowers on it and started the shiv Jayanti and did such a historic and work, she pointed out.
In the old system, untouchables and women were treated as slaves but Mahatma Phuley started school for the women, opened his well for the untouchables. The historic work done by the Phule couple was a cultural rebellion and miracle. It is still necessary to raise the voice against the established social system, which Phules did, said Dr. Mehetre.
Dr. Khobragade said the thoughts of Mahatma Phule are applicable for all the time. He was the first social reformer who worker against the social inequality and revolted against the inhuman social system. The work done by the Phule couple for women’s education which was very important issue. The culture of social equality is still needed to be continued, he stated.
The other guests also expressed their views on the occasion and threw light on the life of Mahatma Phule and Savitrimai Phule. Ms. Shakila Gurnule presented solo short play and Mahima Mohurle delivered a speech on the life of Savitrimai Phuley.
Ms. Rasika Gawture and Dewsay Atla were felicitated with ‘Samaj Bhushan’ award for their outstanding performance in social and agricultural fields by offering them mementos and shawls at the hands of the guests.
Mr. Ashok Mandade made an introductory speech, Mr. Rajendra Ade conducted the programme and Umesh Jengthe proposed the vote of thanks. Mr. Haridas Kotrange, Dewprem Lonbale, Purushottam Nikode, Sudha Chaudhari, Alka gurnule, Purushottam Lengure, Sukhdev Jengthe and others took pains for the success of the programme which was largely attended.