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Jharkhand: This is why January 1 holds special significance for tribals every year

Jamshedpur: On January 1 every year, Shahid Sthal in Kharsawan in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, adjoining East Singhbhum, about 100km away from capital Ranchi draws hordes of tribals across different political affiliations and groups, where they offer tributes to those who laid their during statehood movement in 1948. It is said that around 7000 tribals, mostly Ho, were killed in 1948 Kharsawan mutiny.

Today as well, several political leaders including chief minister Hemant Soren, union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda mong many others visited Kharsawan to offer ritualistic tributes and prayers. Chief minister Soren also announced to develop Shahid Sthal into a world class tourist spot promising to pump in about Rs 16 crore. He said that the government has planned to develop amenities for tourists visiting here and proper upkeep of the Shahid Sthal.

“This place holds immense significance for tribals as many of our forefathers laid their lives decades ago fighting to give us a separate state. This government is committed for welfare of tribals and their welfare,” he said.

He also announced that unlike previous regimes, his government is soon going to provide proper recognition and respect for all those who were part of a statehood and promised to provide reservation for them in government jobs. During the second anniversary of his government on December 29, 2021, CM said that they are planning to provide five percent reservation.

Union minister Arjun Munda on the other hand said that they were working on a special project to document sacrifices made by tribals across the country in different time frames in India’s freedom struggle, and other endeavours over the years.