India, Jan. 12 -- As the sun set on the last day of 2018, Rama Athawale had not a moment to spare. The activist had spent a frenetic week searching for a caterer to help her fix 200 kilograms of pulao and a large banner of BR Ambedkar, all in preparation for the most important day of the year for her: Shaurya Divas (Day of valour) when she and her husband, Ashok, travel to Bhima Koregaon to feed the hundreds of thousands of people who congregate to celebrate the anniversary of a British-era war.

This has been Athawale's New Year's Day routine for a decade, but this time is different: It is the first time she is going back to the spot where she and her family were almost killed by a rampaging mob that burnt down their home and shop - and ...