Marathwada 'freedom day' celebrated in city
People from Marathwada came together to celebrate the Marathwada Mukti Sangram Din (liberation day) in the city on Thursday. The Marathwada region was formed on September 17, 1948 from the state of Hyderabad ruled by the Nizam .
Secretary of the Marathwada Mukti Sangram Din Mahotsav Samiti Rajkumar Dhurgude Patil said more than six lakh people from the Marathwada region reside in Pune. "This is an opportunity for us to make Puneites aware of the history of Marathwada's struggle," he said.
Though India got independence on August 15, 1947, Marathwada, Telangana and some parts of Karnataka were in the state of Hyderabad.
The region joined Maharashtra after the Nizam surrendered to the Indian Army in 1948.
Since then, September 17 is celebrated as the Marathwada Mukti Sangram Din to remember the martyrs who laid down their lives for the region.
The samiti had organised a programme at Balgandharva Rangmandir on Thursday where prominent people from Marathwada were felicitated.
Additional municipal commissioner MS Devnikar was presented with an award for excellence in civic administration.
Chaitanya Maharaj Deglurkar was felicitated for his work in the spiritual field while treasurer of the Marathwada Mitramandal College Bhausaheb Jadhav was honoured for his contribution to education.
Chairman of Sai Constructions Subhash Nelge and cartoonist Murli Lahoti were other recipients of the awards.
Patil said that majority of people who have migrated to Pune are from Osmanabad, Beed, Latur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Hingoli, Parbhani and Nanded districts of Marathwada.
The samiti, comprising 20 small organisations, was formed a month ago in the city.Pune police commissioner Satyapal Singh (second from right) inaugurated the Marathwada Mukti Sangram Din (liberation day) in the city on Thursday.
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