A photo of Shivaji and Ambedkar statues.
A photo of Shivaji and Ambedkar statues.

How BJP and its affiliates are using Shivaji statues to mobilise BCs in Telangana

As TNM travelled through the villages in northern Telangana over the past two years, the picture that emerged was a consolidation of Backward Class castes by the BJP and its affiliates.

A picture of a Chatrapati Shivaji statue wrapped in an orange cloth went viral in Telangana last week. The picture was from Bodhan, a small town in northern Telangana’s Nizamabad that houses fewer than one lakh people. Bodhan faced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CRPC for over a week after communal clashes between a section of Hindus and Muslims broke out over the statue.

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