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Published: 21st November 2012 04:44 PM
Last Updated: 21st November 2012 05:37 PM
The Yerawada Central Jail, where Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged Wednesday, is where Mahatma Gandhi spent many years during the fight against British rule.The largest jail in Maharashtra, Gandhi signed the famous Poona Pact in its premises on Sep 24, 1932.Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was also jailed here. And former underworld don Arun Gawli began his political career while in this jail.
Every jail has a connection with freedom fighters. Nehru wrote his autobiography and Discovery of India while in prison. Freedom-foghters conducted classes for prisoners. Jail-going was not ignoble.
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Dalit History-Gandhi-Ambedkar- Yerwada Jail:
Yerwada Jail is place where modern Dalit history begins, or if taken from Ambedkarites and Dalit point of view, rights to Dalit freedom ends, it is the place where Mahatma Gandhi 's fast unto death against Dalit Rights (separate electorates) led to forceful signing of Poona Pact between Gandhi and Ambedkar. Gandhis's stubborness and threats by his followers to country wide riots and burn the house of dalits which forced Ambedkar to sign the pact compromising on long agreed demand of Separate Electorates for Dalits to end their slavery to Hindus. When Ambedkar came out of meeting with Gandhi, he said "ye pact ek santre ki tarah hai, jiska juice gandhiji ne pee liya hai aur, chhilka daliton ko thama diya hai" (ref. Kureel's Hindi Translation of Poona Pact book). Ambedkar's historical statement on Gandhi's fast unto death against dalits' rights, he said "Mahatmas have come and Mahatmas have gone, but untouchables have remained untouchables".
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