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Ten Museums Being Built Around the Country to Promote Tribal Contribution to Freedom Struggle

By: Sapna Maurya
22 Nov 2021 11:21:25 AM Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last Thursday, inaugurated the first of ten museums dedicated to legendary indigenous heroes and freedom fighters in Jharkhand’s Ranchi, ANI reported. 

 

The Ranchi institution is dedicated to legendary Santhali folk hero Birsa Munda, who had led one of India’s first struggles for independence. November 15, which marked his 146th birth anniversary, was celebrated as the country’s first National Tribal Day (Janjatiya Gaurav Divas). 

 

During the inauguration of the 25-acre Bhagwan Birsa Munda Smriti Udyan-sah-Swatantrata Senani Sangrahalaya, Modi spoke of the contribution of India’s tribal peoples to nation-building, saying, “It is our duty to take this soul of India which draws its energy from the tribal community to newer heights.” 

 

The museum, which was created on the grounds of the prison in which Birsa died in 1900 at the age of 24, is a Rs 37 crore project — Rs 25 crore of which has been given by the Centre and the rest by Jharkhand. The refurbished building now features a 25-foot statue of Birsa at the entrance. Also in the museum complex are statues of other tribal heroes, including Sidhu-Kanhu, Poto Ho, Telanga Kharia, Gaya Munda, Jatra Bhagat, and Diva-Kisun.

 

Work on nine other tribal museums across the country is under progress, Modi said. “Very soon, we will see the museums in Rajpipla in Gujarat, Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Kozhikode in Kerala, Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad in Telangana, Tamenglong in Manipur, Kelsih in Mizoram, and Ponda in Goa,” he said.

 

All the museums will make use of virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D and 7D holographic projections etc., to create an immersive light and sound show, a statement from the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs said.

 

The project was announced in July when Union Tribal Affairs minister Renuka Singh told the Rajya Sabha that her ministry had sanctioned museums dedicated to tribal freedom fighters in ten states “to acknowledge the heroic and patriotic deeds of tribal people who struggled against the Britishers and refused to be bowed down.”

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