Since January 2023, I have launched a weekly series on @mumbaitak (thanks to @sahiljoshii) where I speak in #Marathi on little-known yet significant episodes from #IndianHistory. This is a thread with the playlists.
Do watch and comment.
#history #trivia #Mumbai #Maharashtra
The first episode with over 2.6 lakh views was on the sensational #TheBawlaMurderCase (1925) which led to the abdication of an Indian king. You can buy my book on this crime here:

#truecrime #crime #Mumbai #Maharashtra #Books
Did you know that the police stations in #Mumbai, the #MumbaiPolice special branch & crime branch owe their genesis to #LokmanyaBalGangadharTilak? Watch this episode to know more about the bitter-sweet (!)relation between #Tilak and the #MumbaiPolice.

#NathuramGodse killed #MahatmaGandhi in 1948. But, since 1897, several attempts were made on #Gandhiji's life, including on foreign soil, before that fateful day in January 1948.

#Gandhi #Godse #crime #murder #GandhiVsGodse
Almost all villages in India have fairs or yatras venerating a local diety or a saint. But, this village in #Maharashtra's #Laturdistrict holds a yatra to celebrate #MahatmaGandhi and his message. Know more about the tumultuous times in which this began

Today, when most arms of the state seem to be moth-eaten, #Mumbai had a police commissioner named Sir Patrick Kelly was known for his integrity. The people erected his bust during his lifetime. Kelly started the traffic police.

#police #history #trivia
The first #police chief of #Mumbai had to step down due to charges of corruption in the 18th century. Know more about this brush between Mumbai's top cops and infamy.

#MumbaiPolice #history #IndianHistory #Maharashtra
The history of #ShivSenaBhavan, the #ShivSena HQ in #Mumbai. The party office was once attacked by the Sena's opponents in 1977.

#BalThackeray #UddhavThackeray #EknathShinde #BJP #DevendraFadnavis #AadityaThackeray #MaharashtraPolitics #politics
On #WomensDay, a walk down memory lane to know how the 1939 prohibition policy led to women being inducted into the #MumbaiPolice & the trail-blazing women who battled misogyny to join the force

#history #InternationalWomensDay #InternationalWomensDay2023

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Mar 7
Today, the #MumbaiPolice have a healthy number of #women officers & constables. But do you know that they were drafted into the force due to the prohibition policy? Read this thread on #InternationalWomensDay2023

#WomensDay #InternationalWomensDay #police #Mumbai #Maharashtra ImageImageImage
In 1937, the Bombay Province elected a Congress government under Premier B.G. Kher. In 1939, the government introduced a system of prohibition in Bombay city, with plans to cover the rest of the province later.
#WomensDay #women #InternationalWomensDay2023 #Maharashtra #history Image
A prohibition branch, or ‘X branch’ as it was known, was carved out in the Bombay police. But, despite this, the police discovered that illicit liquor was still available in #Mumbai.
Read 19 tweets
Mar 6
#India has many temples of #LordRam, but Raveri village in #Maharashtra's #Yavatmal district has a temple dedicated to Goddess #Sita. Read the thread on how the local lore about this shrine was harnessed in a unique initiative to #women their rights
#WomensDay #WomensDay2023
This is a temple to Goddess #Sita and not #LordRam, unlike the other shrines where Ram, Sita, Laxman and even Lord Hanuman are worshipped together. Here, the presiding deity is Sita Mata.

#SharadJoshi #ShetkariSanghatana
It is said that when a pregnant Mata #Sita was asked to leave #Ayodhya by #LordRam, she came to Raveri, which is located in in Ralegaon taluka. She was hungry and asked villagers for some grain. But they refused and she cursed them that no wheat would grow there #SharadJoshi
Read 13 tweets
Mar 2
#MahatmaGandhi had a complex relationship with Maharashtra, where his mentor Gopal Krishna Gokhale hailed from.

This thread is about #Gandhi and his relationship with #Marathi (and #Maharashtra)

#Maharashtra produced some of his staunchest supporters like Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Sitaram ‘Appasaheb’ Patwardhan, who was referred to as the ‘Konkan Gandhi,’ and his most bitter critics, like Dr #BabasahebAmbedkar and V.D. #Savarkar.
Eventually, a man from #Maharashtra--#NathuramGodse, killed #Gandhi.
Read 13 tweets
Feb 9
An elitist, upper-class & upper-caste dominated discourse often equates the sense of being 'Marathi' to those who have #Marathi-sounding surnames. But the sense of a #Marathiidentity transcends these boundaries. "Non-Maharashtrians" have enriched #Marathi literature & social life
Some examples:
16th-17th century bhakti- warkari saint Shaikh Muhammed of Shrigonda in Ahmednagar district, a Muslim by birth, wrote abhangs and books in #Marathi.

#Maharashtra #Marathiculture
He says:
Because of Gopala, I have transcended norms of purity...
Shaikh Muhammed may be an avindh (an Abrahamic or one whose ears were not pierced like those of Hindus), but Govinda resides in my heart.
Read 18 tweets
Feb 7
Sardagriha opposite the office of the Commissioner of Police, #Mumbai was #LokmanyaTilak's lodging and base in the city. It is here that he took his last breath in the wee hours of 1 August 1920. Tilak's mortal remains were kept for darshan on a chair in this balcony.
#history ImageImageImageImage
Thousands braved the pouring rain for his darshan. Women did their artis before the wicks were extinguished. Tilak's procession to Girgaon Chowpatty was joined by around 2 lakh people including mill workers. One of the bearers of his mortal coils was #MahatmaGandhi & the other
was Maulana Shaukat Ali. The Parsi merchants of #Mumbai ensured that necessary permissions for his cremation on the beach were secured & provided sandalwood logs. As Tilak was being cremated, a grieving Muslim youngster threw himself into to the fire & was singed.
Read 5 tweets
Nov 25, 2022
The #RSS & Left inhabit two different ideological spheres. But Gopal Mukund (Balaji) Huddar, the 1st general secretary of the #RSS made a transformation to being a Marxist. He fought the Spanish civil war & joined the #CPI
#Maharashtra #history #Nagpur #Spain #SpanishCivilWar
#BalajiHuddar was born on 17 June 1902 at Mandla (Madhya Pradesh). The family's original surname was Rauldev. They were known as 'Huddar' as they were Huddedars or noblemen of the Gond kings in Vidarbha.
Since the age of 4, he was brought up by Umabai, a rich widow from the Udhoji family, who had saved him while he was drowning. Though this was done with the consent of his birth parents, his formal adoption had not been done. This took place when he was 40! #BalajiHuddar
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