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Explain the statement with reason.
Policies adopted by Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj were progressive.
- The ruler of the princely state of Kolhapur, Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj supported Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s leadership, while leading the ‘Non-brahminical Movement’ in his state.
- He made a public declaration of reservations and passed a resolution for free and compulsory primary education.
- He also very strongly opposed the customs of ‘Rotibandi’ (restrictions on eating together), ‘Betibandi’ (restrictions on inter-caste marriage) and ‘Vyavasaybandi’ (restrictions on practicing occupations other than the ancestral occupation of one’s caste).
- He made a law for inter-caste marriage. People in his state were permitted to choose any occupation.
Concept: Contribution of the Rulers of Princely States in India
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