Book Review: The Legend of Birsa Munda

Authors:

  1. Tuhin Sinha
  2. Ankita Verma

The story is based in the nineteenth century when the Adivasis in modern-day Jharkhand were oppressed under the ruthless British regime. The Colonial administration not just burdened the poor tribals with unjust farm and tax laws in cahoots with the local Zamindars, but they also coerced conversions to Christianity. Everything, the tribals held dear, their cultural heritage, their ancestral land, and even their religion were lost as the British crushed them mercilessly in order to strengthen the Queen’s power and fill her coffers.

However, a little closer to the turn of the century a massive rebellion erupted like a volcano that had been lying dormant for centuries, spewing hostile lava and engulfing the ruthless powers in its wake, In the eye of the storm was a young dynamic revolutionary Birsa Munda all of 25. He took the onus of guiding the rebellion and igniting the passion for freedom from oppression, to reclaim what was rightfully theirs. A true visionary, he spearheaded a massive movement that spanned enormous plains and brought the masses together. He channelized their frustration and anger and stoked their dormant desire for freedom. His revolution shook the British solid foundation.

He died young and unsung despite his valor.

About a hundred years later the independent state of Jharkhand was created.

This thrilling chronicle is based on a true story, and it’s sad that the warrior who had started it all lies hidden in the cul-de-sacs of history.

 

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