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Battle Royale in Satara

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It was 9 am and Satara was buzzing with activity. Motorists were zipping from one place to another and nearly all the shops were open.

There were hundreds of people at the main bus stand, where I got off. It is certainly not a podunk town. In fact, it lies in western Maharashtra's sugar belt, which has elected some of the state's most well-known leaders.

The town has a lot of history behind it. It was the capital of the Maratha rulers since the time of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.

Now, more than 350 years after the legendary 16th century Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji united the people of western Maharashtra, his descendants are fighting against each other, in the political arena.

Text & Photographs: Salil Kumar

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