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Bhagavan Birsa Munda who led a tribal uprising against the British rule in Jharkhand, only tribal leader whose portrait hangs in Central Hall of Parliament and whose Jayanti is celebrated as #JharkhandDay. Thread on his death anniversary today.
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Jharkhand whose name literally means “Bush land” or “Forest land” had a long history of resistance to the British colonial rule. Among the numerous tribes that make up the state, the Santhals are one of the dominant ones. #BirsaMunda
The Santhals are located primarily in the south eastern part of the Chotanagpur plateau and Midnapore in West Bengal. While they lived in the valley, the Mal Paharias primarily inhabited the hills.
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#BirsaMunda on his Veergati Divas.

He is referred as Bhagavan by the Adivasis of his region.

Birsa was a  Tribal Leader, Freedom Fighter who died mysteriously under the British captivity.

Birsa not only fought against British but also against Christian
Missionaries, he knew how the Missionaries lured the poor tribals, make them slog in their farms and estates, paid them meager wages, and destroyed the forest wealth.

His profound knowledge about the forest terrains and also his Oratory skills was an advantage, he amassed
large number of tribals and inspired them to revolt against British, Missionaries and their puppets, The Zamindars.

His Guerrilla Warfare techniques gave headache for the British, they couldn't locate him as he used to skip them in the forests.

Finally he was captured in a
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Birsa Munda was a folk hero and a tribal freedom fighter hailing from the Munda tribe. He was a spearhead behind the Millenarian movement that arose in the Bihar and Jharkhand belt in the early 19th century under the British colonisation.

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Munda rallied the tribals to fight against the forceful land grabbing carried out by the British government which would turn the tribals into bonded labourers and force upon them abject poverty.

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Known as the Earth Father, #BirsaMunda stressed the need of the tribals to study their own religion and not forget their cultural roots. He influenced his people to realise the importance of owning their land and asserting their right upon them. Image
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