Jamshedpur: Chief Minister Raghubar Das paid rich tributes to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his 118th death anniversary on Saturday. He went to Birsanagar Sunday Market and offered a floral homage to the great revolutionary. He said Birsa Munda was a revolutionary tribal leader who died fighting for the cause of the people.
On the occasion, DC Amit Kumar and SSP Anup Birtharay also paid their respect to the freedom fighter.
Several other social organisations also observed the day. City-based social organization ‘Naman-Shaheedon Ke Sapno Ko’ organised a function in Sakchi. Its founder Amarpreet Singh Kale said the country cannot forget Birsa Munda’s contributions in the freedom struggle.
Raju Murmu of Birsa Munda Society said the Scheduled Tribe and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act of 2006 had its genesis in the struggle of Birsa Munda who was the source of inspiration for the tribal people to continue their agitation for ‘self-rule’ and ‘schedule area’ status across the country, except Jammu and Kashmir.
Ramdev Manjhi described Birsa Munda as a symbol of Adivasis’ fight for justice. He said that members of the upper castes always dominated the Adivasis and exploited them. If the Government delays the implementation of the Act, we will have to resort to legal remedies, he added.
Srikanth of ‘Development Through Education’ recalled how Birsa Munda became a revolutionary after seeing the sufferings of his people at the hands of the British. Birsa Munda supported the idea that the land inhabited by the adivasis belonged to them, he said.