There is a big poster campaign in Pune right now over who is the sculptor of Pune. Activists of Devendra Fadnavis say “Fadnavis is the sculptor of Pune”! Ajit Pawar’s activists say “Ajit Pawar is the sculptor of Pune!”
Pune is the village of Shahaji Raja’s Jahagiri, but Murar Jagdev, the Sardar of Adilshah, had turned the plow of the donkey on this village and had created terror that there would be no more human habitation from now on. Queen Jijauni did a great job of breaking that terror.
Rajmata Jijau came to Pune in 1646 with child Shiva. In the same Pune where Murar Jagdev turned the donkey’s plow, Jijau turned the gold plow. He gave sanctuary to the farmers. Shelter the poor. Dealt with goons. Arranged for wild beasts. This gradually led to human settlement. Rajmata Jijauni transformed Pune. Restored Pune. Pune was razed to the ground. Therefore, Rajmata Jijau and Shivba are the sculptors of Pune
Mahatma Phule-Savitribai Phule carried out revolutionary work in Pune in modern times. Mahatma Phule Savitribai Phule started the first free and all school for girls and boys in our country. Mahatma Phule-Savitribai Phule laid the foundation of education in our country. He established the Sanatani system through the Satyashodhak movement. Yakami Vastad Lahuji Salve stood firmly behind the couple.
Inspired by Mahatma Phule, Keshavrao Jedhe and Dinkarrao Jawalkar started a non-Brahmin movement in Pune. In Pune, everyone should get water and education for all, and a statue of Mahatma Phule should be erected in Pune.
Pune sculptors Rajmata Jijau, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Mahatma Phule Savitribai Phule, Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, Keshavrao Jedhe, Dinkarrao Jawalkar, Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde, Shankarrao More, Bhausaheb Shirole, Baburao Sanas etc. are eminent. It would be a lie for Fadnavis-Pawar, who took oath in the morning, to take credit for being the sculptor of Pune!
In collaboration with Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, Deccan Education Society in Pune, Shri. Shivaji Maratha Society, Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Shikshan Parishad, All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society etc. were established. Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde did a great job of eradicating untouchability in Pune. Shankarrao More, Bhausaheb Shirole, Baburao Sanas, Annasaheb Magar, Pvt. Ramakrishna More made a significant contribution to the transformation of Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad.