When I shot this image at Lucknow, I did not know much about Mahatma Phule. When I read his biography in the net by Dr Y D Phadke, I learnt that he is a great reformer of his times in Maharashtra. In the words of Dr Y D Phadke,
"JOTIRAO GOVINDRAO PHULE occupies a unique position among the social reformers of Maharashtra in the nineteenth century. While other reformers concentrated more on reforming the social institutions of amily and marriage with special emphasis on the status and right of women, Jotirao Phule revolted against the unjust caste system under which millions of people had suffered for centuries. In particular, he courageously upheld the cause of the untouchables and look up the cudgels for the poorer peasants. He was a militant advocate of their right. "
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