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Tata Steel organises Four-Day long Tribal Festival pan-India on Birsa Munda’s Birth Anniversary

The event was thrown open to public with a tribute to Birsa Munda, the 19th century tribal warrior known for chinning up to mighty British

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Jamshedpur, Nov 15, 2016: Tata Steel inaugurated the third edition of its pan-India tribal conclave on Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary on Tuesday here, with over 40 tribes across 20 states from around the country slated to take part in it.

Themed around ‘Tribal Health Systems’, the four-day long event will hear experts from tribal regions on the benefits of native medicines. Throughout the duration of the conclave these experts, or ethno-botanists, will discuss their age-old custom of diagnosing and curing ailments from local natural elements only.

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The event was thrown open to public with a tribute to Birsa Munda, the 19th century tribal warrior known for chinning up to mighty British, proceeding with dance performances from artistes of several states.

Tata Steel Group Executive Director (Finance and Corporate), Koushik Chatterjee, at the inaugural said: “We care and respect the diversity, culture, history and practices of the tribal community. Samvaad aims to celebrate tribal life by providing a common platform to share experiences, views and issues that impact the tribal communities.”

He also said: “There is a world of tribal life which is very pure and close to nature and as citizens of this country, the tribals have contributed for many centuries. We are very proud to say that over the last three years, Samvaad has become a big celebration and at Tata Steel we would like to continue to facilitate this dialogue.”

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Several tribes also put on display their local paintings, drawings, and other wares at the stalls to interest visitors in their singular cultures. Also there were many tribals with herbs and twigs and mushrooms of all sorts, which they said can be used to cure everything from a toothache to breast cancer.

Among other tribes, Munda of Jharkhand and Konyak of Nagaland performed their native dance.

“Our dance is called a ‘warrior’ s dance’ or ‘victory dance’, which we Nagas perform upon winning a battle,” Chenwang Konyak, the leader of Naga troupe told IANS.

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“I loved dancing here, more so because I got to know other cultures as well. Others, at times, perceive us as very different but I want to let them know that we are Indians too and we love India,” he said.

“It’s a matter of shame for those people who don’t even know about the geography of the nation and still insist on appearing as well educated. Just now someone asked me where Nagaland was, whether he was teasing me I don’t know,” he added. (IANS)

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Commemorating the Indian Tribal Fighter of Colonial Era: Birsa Munda

Birsa's powerful personality and motivational speeches encouraged the public to believe in the power of freedom, to dream of a different world than the one they lived in.

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Birsa Munda, Indian Tribal Leader
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  • Birsa Munda was an Indian tribal leader who revolted against the British rule
  • June, 09 is marked as the death anniversary of the valiant Birsa who belonged to Munda tribe

June 09, 2017: Birsa Munda, an Indian tribal leader who revolted against the British rule was a freedom fighter. June 09 is marked as the death anniversary of the valiant Birsa who belonged to Munda tribe. As a young boy, Birsa travelled from one place to another in search of work, which provided him with an understanding of diverse problems the community was suffering due to British oppression. Sooner, he realised that the British have arrived in India to torment the people and carry the wealth abroad. Birsa started dispersing awareness related to the matter and formed his army of tribals. The army countered with movements and protests against the injustice and treachery of the British Raj. He claimed himself the messenger of God and conveyed his followers to follow the conception of “One God”.

Here are some facts you need to know about Birsa Munda, the tribal hero:

  • Birsa Munda was born on 15 November 1875, at Ulihatu in colonial Bihar, now in the Khunti district of Jharkhand.
  • Birsa is the only tribal leader to have been honored in the in the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament
  • Birsa Munda advised tribal people to follow their own conventional religious systems. Daunted by his teachings, he became a diviner to the tribal people and they asked for his blessings.
  • His appeal against British called for a rebellious movement:

Abua raj seter jana, maharani raj tundu jana.
(अबुव: राज सेटेर जना ,महारनी राज तुण्डु जना) (Let the kingdom of queen be ended and our kingdom be established.)

  • On June 9, 1900, he died at the age of 25 in Ranchi Jail where he was held captive. British government stated that he died of cholera however he showed no such signs. It was rumored that Birsa was poisoned.
  • There exist a number of institutional bodies named after the famed Birsa Munda, prominently Birsa Munda Airport Ranchi, Birsa Institute of Technology Sindri, Birsa Agricultural University and many more.
    By Naina Mishra of Newsgram.Twitter: Nainamishr94