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PM pays rich tribute to freedom fighter Birsa Munda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his anniversary. Modi called Birsa Munda a true 'messiah' of the poor, saying that, "he struggled throughout his life for the welfare of the exploited and deprived."

"Birsa Munda's contribution in the freedom movement and his efforts for social harmony will always inspire the countrymen," Modi said. A century after Birsa Munda's death, Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar on his birth anniversary on November 15, 2000.

Born in 1875 in Ulihatu in then Bengal Presidency in Ranchi district of current Jharkhand state, Birsa Munda from the Munda tribe had challenged the British rule and is credited with mobilising the tribals against the empire. The freedom fighter died in British custody at the age of 25 and attained a folk hero status. His portrait hangs in the Indian Parliament Museum. He is the only tribal leader to have been honoured in this way.

Modi said that Birsa Munda is a true inspiration for the people and stands an a true example of social harmony..