Ch – 4 Tribals, Dikus And The Vision Of A Golden Age

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  • Birsa was born in the family of Mundas – a tribal group in Chottanagpur.
  • His movement was aimed at reforming tribal society. He urged the Mundas to give up drinking liquor, clean their village, and stop believing in witchcraft and sorcery.
  • In 1895 Birsa urged his followers to recover their glorious past. He talked of a golden age in the past – a satyug (the age of truth) – when Mundas lived a good life, constructed embankments, tapped natural springs, planted trees and orchards, practised cultivation to earn their living.
  • Birsa’s movement was significant in at least two ways. First – it forced the colonial government to introduce laws so that the land of the tribals could not be easily taken over by dikus. Second – it showed once again that the tribal people had the capacity to protest against injustice and express their anger against colonial rule.
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In the midst of winter, i found there was within me an invincible summer ~ Albert Camus

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