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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
  • 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

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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