Happy Dalit History Month and Happy Birthday Jotiba! 🥳🥳
Modeled on Black History Month, Dalit History Month was created by a collective of Dalit women in 2015 and is observed annually to commemorate the history, culture and art of the Dalit, Bahujan and Adivasi communities and the many To recognize the marvelous achievements of his people.
When Govind Rao and Chimna Bai gave birth to a boy in 1827, little did they know that he would become India’s most prominent anti-caste social reformer, sparking a massive revolution in the country’s history. Jyotirao Phule (Jotirao) worked diligently to eradicate the Brahmanic structure of society. With his rebellious spirit, he refused to accept the class and varna system, regarding them as barricades for social advancement and a firm believer in egalitarianism.
The founder of the Satyashodhak Samaj (Society of Truth Seekers), Jotirao was essentially the first person to sow the seeds of equality and education for oppressed groups in India, especially women. In this mission he was greatly assisted by the legendary Savitribai Phule, also his wife. A visionary leader, an effective public speaker, and a man with a heart of gold, Jotirao was nothing short of a legend.
When his wit was unprecedented.
When he was the coolest badass ever.
He was not the only one who broke Brahmanic hegemony.
And has given us luminaries to be immensely proud of.
When he became a symbol of dignity.