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Birsa Munda: Father of the Tribal movement

Khunti, Jharkhand

November 11, 2021 to December 30, 2021

Birsa, a Munda youngster, started thinking about the ills plaguing his society and decided to remove them by setting his people free from the British domination. He provided the Mundas with leadership, with religion and with a code of life seeking dignity and freedom.

In 1894, he led the Mundas for redressal of grievances to Chaibasa and was arrested. He spent two years of rigorous imprisonment. He continued to serve his people, especially the needy and the sick and was worshipped as 'Birsa Bhagvan'.

Birsa struggled against the British throughout his life. He was arrested on 3rd February, 1900, in Chakradharpur forest, after a fierce encounter and died in captivity. His memory continues to be revered.

The Indian Posts Department issued a stamp in his honour in the year 1988.

Source: Publication of the Department of Posts.