On 3 January, the birth anniversary of Savitri Bai Phule, the country's first woman teacher, social reformer and revolutionary, her struggles were remembered in the CPIML legislative party meeting and a pledge was taken to carry forward the struggle against the consistent attacks that are being made against education, girls, and the weaker sections.
CPIML legislative party in-charge Rajaram Singh, legislative party leader Mahboob Alam, Satyadev Ram, Virendra Gupta, Sandeep Saurabh, Rambali Singh Yadav, Manoj Manzil, Gopal Ravidas, Arun Singh and Amarjeet Kushwaha offered flowers at the portrait of Savitri Bai Phule and remembered her struggles. Present on the occasion were Kumar Parvez and Umesh Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajaram Singh said that Savitri Bai Phule suffered the taunts of society, and even stones thrown at her, but along with Jyotiba Rao Phule and Fatima Shaikh she struck at the dogmas in society and opened schools for girls. This was a revolutionary step for which she will always be remembered.
The duo of Savitri Bai Phule and Fatima Shaikh carried forward the tradition of composite culture which had begun in 1857. Today, when once again society is in danger of being overwhelmed by narrow-minded and reactionary ideas led by BJP-RSS, girls' freedom is being obstructed and blind superstition is being encouraged instead of scientific temper, Savitri Bai's thoughts and ideas and struggles will give strength to the ongoing fight for change.