New Delhi, November 15 (IANS): An authoritative biography of tribal leader Birsa Munda (November 15, 1875 – June 9, 1900), who in the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi “shake the British Empire” with his traditional bow and arrow, will be published in December, the publisher said on his birthday Monday as he launched the clip Propaganda for the book.
Modi announced on Monday that from now on, the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda will be commemorated in line with the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters who gave their lives for the nation.
Here’s a preview of “The Legend of Birsa Munda” by Tuhin A. Sinha and Ankita Verma:
In 19th century India, in the heart of what is now the state of Jharkhand, the Adivasi lived a life of misery and absolute darkness. The colonial state, with the help of disingenuous local collaborators, has cast a web of abuse and exploitation that is being tightened around this adivasis, just like a noose. Everything dear to them – their land, their homes, their history and traditions, their religion and their families – have fallen victim to the grand colonial plan to build a magnificent and merciless empire for the Queen.
However, when people are crushed into dust and their identities threatened with complete obliteration, they explode like a blow of hot and angry fire so loud that it reverberates through the heart of the empire and sends out a furious fear of the thorns of those in power. Fire fuels rebellion. At the heart of this rebellion is the twenty-five-year-old Mrs. Birsa Munda. He decides what to do to save his community and leads the adivasis in the fight to get their lives back.
He was a Lionhearted Warrior. Healer, spiritual guide, forgotten hero.
Based on true events, this epic tale of bravery is a tribute to the life of Bersa Munda, who, in his very short life, rallied tribal society, rebelled against forced conversions, envisioned a more just and just society and died fighting for it. A thrilling story chronicling what most history books don’t mention, “The Legend of Birsa Munda” (Amaryllis) is the story of a vassal tribal hero, whose contribution to India’s struggle for independence must never be forgotten.
attenuation a. Sinha is a well-known writer, screenwriter and politician. Tohin is known among the most prolific Indian writers who have a maverick skill for experimenting with new genres. He has authored eleven books. Tohen’s books span a wide range of literary genres and include social and political thrillers and romantic epics. He has also written extensively on all political issues including Kashmir.
Ankita Verma is a Communication Specialist and author of two books. She graduated in Economics from Mumbai University, and also trained in Advertising and Marketing from Xavier Institute of Communication. She spent more than a decade in the advertising industry before starting her own communications consultancy in 2003.