Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitaram Raju at Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh on 4th July 2022. Governor of Andhra Pradesh Shri Biswabhushan Harichandan, Chief Minister Shri Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, and Union Minister Shri G. Kishan Reddy were also present at the event.
Born on the 4th of July 1897, Alluri Sitarama Raju is remembered for his revolt against the British to safeguard the interest of tribal communities across the Eastern Ghats. He led the Rampa rebellion launched in 1922. For the local people of that region, he is still referred to as “Manyam Veerudu”.
During his remarks, the Prime Minister praised the rich legacy of Andhra Pradesh and acknowledged the confluence of the events of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, 100 years of Rampa Rebellion, and the 125th birth anniversary of Alluri Sitaram Raju.
The Prime Minister felt elated after meeting the family members of the great freedom fighter. He also paid his tribute to the ‘Adivasi Parampara’ and other freedom fighters who hailed from Andhra Pradesh.
He expressed that the 125th birth anniversary of Alluri Sitaram Raju and Rampa Kranti’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year. During this period, several programs will be organized, including the restoration of Alluri Sitaram Raju’s birthplace in Pandrangi, renovation of Chintapalli police station, and construction of Alluri Dhyana Mandir in Mogallu. The Government has also approved the construction of ‘Alluri Dhyana Mandir’ at Mogallu which will also have a 30-feet statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju in Dhyan mudra. These measures complement the spirit of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Acknowledging the efforts of freedom fighters, the Prime Minister said that our freedom struggle is not about the history of a few years, or of a few people or any particular area, but it is about the history of the sacrifice, tenacity, and sacrifices of every corner of India. He added, “History of our freedom movement is a symbol of the strength of our diversity, culture and of our unity as a nation”.
The Prime Minister applauded the efforts of Alluri Sitaram Raju and his tribal identity, ideas, values, and culture, along with his life journey and sacrifice for the country. He added, “Alluri Sitarama Raju represents the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ that has been uniting the country in one thread of unity.” He further added, “there are new opportunities, avenues, thought processes and possibilities in new India today and our youth is taking up the responsibility of realizing these possibilities.”
The Prime Minister also praised Andhra Pradesh and called it the land of heroes and patriots. Speaking about its contribution, he acknowledged the contribution of freedom heroes such as Pingali Venkayya, Kaneganti Hanumanthu, Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu, and Potti Sriramulu.
Lauding the progress of the country, the Prime Minister acknowledged that it is the first time since Independence that a tribal museum (the ‘Alluri Sitarama Raju Memorial Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum’, Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh) is being set up to exhibit the tribal pride and heritage of the country. As India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence, due recognition is being given to the contribution of freedom fighters.
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