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PM Modi inaugurates Birsa Munda museum in Ranchi, says nine more tribal museums will be opened soon

The museum would help generations know about brave tribal freedom fighters: Hemant 

Ranchi, Nov 15:  The first of 10 new museums dedicated to tribal culture and contribution to the freedom movement was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, marking the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda in Ranchi.

Narendra Modi inaugurated the Bhagwan Birsa Munda memorial-cum-freedom fighter museum on what was the first ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ or tribal pride day.

Addressing the gathering virtually, Modi said it had been decided to honour the contributions of tribal people. “For this, a historic decision has been taken that from today, every year the country will celebrate November 15 i.e. the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas,” he stated.

The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and other dignitaries paid tributes at Birsa Munda Statue, on the occasion of ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas’, at Parliament House, in New Delhi on November 15, 2021.

Nine other tribal museums – one each in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Mizoram and Goa – would be opened soon.

“This museum [Birsa Munda museum] will become a living venue of our tribal culture full of diversity, depicting the contribution of tribal heroes and heroines in the freedom struggle,” he noted.

Birsa Munda knew that social welfare could not be achieved by eschewing India’s diversity, ancient identity and nature in the name of modernity. He believed in modern education and speaking out against societal ills. Mahatma Gandhi was fighting against racial discrimination in South Africa and Birsa Munda was fighting against British rule in India.

Mr. Modi pointed out former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s strong will behind the formation of Jharkhand on November 15, 2000.

“It was Atal ji who was the first to form a separate Tribal Ministry in the government of the country and linked the tribal interests with the policies of the country,” he added.

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On this occasion, Governor Ramesh Bais, Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda, Union tourism and culture minister G. Kishan Reddy, state tribal affairs minister Champai Soren were present at the venue of Ranchi.

On this occasion, Hemant Soren said that today is definitely a historic day.

“The day is important and historic because today the “Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Garden cum Freedom Fighter Museum” has been inaugurated in the Old jail complex of the capital Ranchi where Bhagwan Birsa Munda had spent his last days. This complex has got a new look due to the efforts of the State Government and the Central Government. The Government has prepared a collection of many agitating freedom fighters and leaders of the society by making this complex a historical symbol, through which the coming generation can be made aware of the past.

“The brave sons of Jharkhand never feared the fight for the pride of their country and state. The people of Jharkhand have struggled for land, forest and water even before other could think of freedom. Heroic sons were born in every nook and corner of the Santhal Pargana, Kolhan, North Chotanagpur, South Chotanagpur and Palamu divisions of this state,” said Soren.

The Chief Minister said that today we should take a pledge that by following the path shown by these brave sons, we should ensure our participation in the all-round development of the state.

On the occasion, the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda, in his address of thanks, shared detailed information on the concepts, objectives, coordination and cooperation of the Central and State Governments in Ranchi based Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan cum Museum.

Conserving and renovating the old jail complex located in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state, this complex has been developed as “Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan cum Museum” with a total amount of Rs 142.31 crore. In which Rs 117.31 crore has been provided by the Government of Jharkhand and Rs 25 crore has been provided by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. The total area of this complex is about 30 acres, of which Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan has been developed and constructed in about 25 acres, while the remaining 5 acres of Bhagwan Birsa Munda Jail has been used as a museum.

Special attractive furnishings, horticulture, musical fountain, food court, children’s park, infinity bridge, parking and other community facilities have been constructed in the premises under Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan cum Museum.

A 25 feet tall grand statue of “Lord Birsa Munda” has been installed outside the jail premises. The life and struggles of the Tribal Revolution and the brave freedom fighters of Jharkhand will be displayed through laser and light shows, film and musical fountains throughout the complex.

A 9 feet tall statue of Tribal Freedom Fighters has been installed in the courtyard in front of the main building. Whose names are as follows:- Ganga Narayan Singh, Poto Ho, Bhagirathi Manjhi, Veer Budhu Bhagat, Telanga Khadia, Sido-Kanhu, Nilambar-Pitamber, Diva-Kisun, Gaya Munda and Tana Bhagat. Behind each statue, his struggle life is presented through murals.

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