Jamshedpur, June 10: Several leaders paid tribute to adivasi leader Birsa Munda on his death anniversary observed in the city on Tuesday. Leaders went to Birsanagar Sunday Market and paid floral tribute at the statue of the great leader. Birsa Munda was a revolutionary tribal leader who died fighting for the cause of the people.
Several other social organisations also observed the day. Social Naman-Shaheedon Ke Sapno Ko organised a small function at Sakchi. Founder Amarpreet Singh Kale remembered the leader and said that the country cannot forget Munda’s contribution 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.
He 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, Raju said. Ramdev Manjhi described Birsa Munda as a symbol of adivasis’ fight for justice.
He said that upper castes always dominated the adivasis and exploited them. If the Government delayed the implementation of the Act, they would have to resort to legal remedies, he added.
Srikanth of the Development Through Education organisation, recalled how Birsa Munda became a revolutionary after seeing the sufferings of his people at the hands of the British. Munda advocated the idea that the land inhabited by the adivasis belonged to them, he said.