New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The birth anniversary of tribal leader Birsa Munda is being celebrated as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas on November 15 for the first time. Following a decision taken by the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas is being celebrated in memory of brave tribal freedom fighters so that coming generations could know about their sacrifices for the country.
Informing about the Union Cabinet decision Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said, “November 15 is the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda who is revered as Bhagwan by tribal communities across the country. He fought bravely against the exploitative system of the British colonial system and spearheaded the movement against British oppression giving a call for ‘Ulgulan’ (Revolution).”
The Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas will be celebrated every year to acknowledge the glorious history and cultural heritage of tribal communities. It would recognize the efforts of the tribals for preservation of cultural heritage and promotion of Indian values of valour, hospitality and national pride.
Also, the Government of India has planned week-long celebrations from November 15 to 22 to commemorate 75 years of the history of the tribal people, their culture and achievements. Several activities have been planned jointly with the state governments and the theme behind each activity is to showcase the unique tribal cultural heritage, their contributions to the freedom struggle, practices, rights, traditions, cuisines, health, education and livelihood.
India’s freedom struggle was strengthened by several movements by tribal communities such as Santhals, Tamars, Kols, Bhils, Khasis and Mizos to name a few. Tribal movements in different regions of the country against the British colonial rule got linked with the national freedom struggle and inspired Indians all over the country.