On January 1, 2018, Maharashtra was rocked by caste-based politics which began from Koregaon Bhima village. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon, a large number of people belonging to the Dalit community or 'lower caste' gathered near the 'Jay Stambh' or tower of victory. During the celebration, caste-based violence erupted in which 28-year-old youth, Rahul Patangale, was killed. The caste-based violence made the battle of Bhima-Koregaon, which happened over 200 years ago, national news. This year marks the 202nd anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.