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Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas: PM inaugurates Birsa memorial museum in Ranchi

Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan (park) cum freedom fighter museum in Ranchi through virtual mode from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of legendary tribal icon’s birth anniversary on Monday, which also marks the 21st foundation day of Jharkhand.

PM during online inauguration of the memorial. TNF picture

Governor Ramesh Bais, chief minister Hemant Soren, his council of ministers, union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda among others were present at the old jail premise in Ranchi where the memorial park is set up. 

Last week, Government of India had announced to celebrate this day as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas across the country every year.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “In this Amrit Kaal of independence, it has been decided that the country will give a more meaningful and more grand identity to the tribal traditions of India and its valor stories. For this, a historic decision has been taken that from today every year the country will celebrate 15th November i.e. the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’.”

Chief minister Hemant Soren (right) with union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda (left) and Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais (in centre). TNF picture

PM also paid tributes to late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “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. Later on, he also created a separate Jharkhand state.” About the museum, he said, “This 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.”

The Prime Minister pointed out Bhagwan Birsa knew that tampering with diversity, ancient identity and nature in the name of modernity is not the way for welfare of the society. At the same time he was a supporter of modern education and had the courage to speak against the ills and inadequacies of his own society. He remarked, “Bhagwan Birsa lived for the society, sacrificed his life for his culture and his country. Therefore, he is still present in our faith, in our spirit as our God. Dharti Aaba as Birsa is also known, did not stay on this earth for very long but he wrote an entire history for the country in that short span of life and gave direction to the generations of India.”