New Delhi, Oct 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered tribal freedom fighter from Odisha Birsa Munda during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.
In his address, Modi said Bhagwan Birsa Munda is also known as ‘Dharti Aaba’. Do you know what this epithet means? It means the father of earth. The way Bhagwan Birsa Munda fought to protect his culture, his forest, his land, it could have only been done by ‘Dharti Aaba’!
He taught us to be proud of our culture and roots. The foreign rule subjected him to countless threats and applied immense pressure, but he did not relinquish the tribal culture, he added.
“Next month, India will celebrate the Jayanti of Bhagwan Birsa Munda. His life taught us how to be proud about one’s own culture, care for the environment and fight injustice. I urge the youth to read about him,” the PM said.
Bhagwan Birsa Munda was always at the forefront while helping the poor and the distressed. He also made society aware towards eliminating social evils, he added.
“If we have to learn to love nature and the environment, then for that too, Dharati Aaba Bhagwan Birsa Munda is one of our greatest inspirations. He strongly opposed every such policy of foreign rule, which was detrimental for the environment,” the PM said.