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Sambhajirao' Bhide is a pro-Hindutva Maratha leader.
When he was a faculty member at Fergusson college he is reported to have been on the advisory boards of NASA and the Pentagon of USA.
For some time, he worked full time with the RSS. Later, he formed his own organisation, Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan in the late 1980s. The organisation aimed to spread the teachings of Shivaji and his son Sambhaji.
He is said to be close to Narendra Modi. In 2014, before the Lok Sabha elections, Modi visited Sambhaji, and said during a rally, “Bhide guruji did not invite me here. I came here on his orders, and that he was inspired by Sambhajirao .
Every year Sambhajirao along with his followers goes to different forts of Maharashtra which has significant history. There are around 90,000 to 1 lac people attend this expedition. This is considered to be one the Main & important Activity of Shri Shiv Pratishthan. Many youngsters from Maharashtra have benefited from this activity as they have leaved behind some bad addictions, habits like Drinking alcohol, tobaco etc. Sambhajirao teaches the footsteps of Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj & sambhaji Maharaj to the youth during this expedition. How this eminent kings lived their life with pride and honor.
In June 2018, Sambhajirao in a rally in Nashik claimed that eating the fruits of a mango tree from his orchard had helped couples conceive male children. An advisory committee under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) (PCPNDT) Act asked the Nashik Municipal Corporation to file a court case against him.
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