Dec. 29, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Uttar Pradesh released a postal stamp in the name of a backward caste-Dalit chieftain Suheldev.


  • Suheldev was a legendary medieval-era warrior-king

  • He is mentioned in Mirat-i-Masudi. According to the legend, Suhaldev was the eldest son of King Mordhwaj of Shravasti, during the 11th

  • Though his historical existence is shrouded in mystery, he is today popular as a caste icon among the Rajbhars (OBC) and the Pasis (second largest Dalit caste in U.P.), both of whom have been competing for his legacy.

  • According to critiques, BJP over the years aggressively tried to portray Suheldev as a Hindutva warrior who stopped the march of Muslim invader Ghazi Mian, a nephew of Mahmud Ghaznavi, in Bahraich and halted the spread of Islam in the region.

Source : The Hindu