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.

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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मैया कबहुं बढ़ैगी चोटी।
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काढ़त गुहत न्हवावत जैहै नागिन-सी भुई लोटी॥
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Hindi Translation:

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