New Delhi, 19 February 2021. All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) paid Respectful Homage to Chhatrapati Shivaji on his 391st Birth Anniversary.
Dr Ashok Dhawale- President and Hannan Mollah -General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha issued a joint statement.
Full text of the statement is as follows –
Chhatrapati Shivaji (19 February 1630 – 3 April 1680) was a legendary leader and warrior king, who was accurately described by Mahatma Jotirao Phule as the ‘king of the peasantry’. He fought against the oppressive Mughal rule, but his strong secular credentials are proved by his famous letter written to Aurangzeb against the imposition of the Jiziya tax. Shivaji transcended all boundaries of religion and caste and his famed army was drawn from all these sections. He was a rare king who respected women even in those feudal times.
‘Who Was Shivaji?’, a book written by martyr Comrade Govind Pansare, brings out all these aspects of Shivaji admirably. That is why the memory of Shivaji is still revered by the peasantry and the people today even after nearly 400 years.
Chhatrapati Shivaji would have surely ordered the whip-lashing of the present BJP rulers at the Centre who have forced lakhs of farmers to stay at the borders of Delhi for nearly three months in bitter cold and rain. He would also have strongly castigated the RSS, BJP and others who have painted him in utterly false communal colours.
The current historic nationwide united farmers’ struggle draws inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s life and work, and from his fight against injustice, and vows to broaden and intensify this struggle until it achieves victory.