Source: News Bharati English02 Oct 2015 17:49:09

Nagpur, Oct 2: Showering praises on the tribal communities for their immense and important contribution to the Indian freedom struggle, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao Thursday made a strong appeal to include lessons in school curriculum on contribution of these tribal heroes in freedom struggle in order to inform the young generation about the factual history of freedom struggle.

Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarta Sammelan of Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram here at Dr Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan premises the Governor said that inclusion and recognition of their struggle for freedom would do justice to them besides informing the rest of the country about their participation in freedom struggle.

The Governor cited examples of a number of tribal freedom fighters like Birsa Munda, Rani Gaidinliu, Ramji Gond, etc. and said that in addition to these known faces, there are countless tribal leaders who had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our motherland but their names do not find any mention in our text books.

The Governor also mentioned about Jalianwala Baugh like incident at Rawalpani in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra where the British soldiers fired at innocent, unarmed people and killed them. But this incident has never seen the light of the day as far as our history of freedom struggle was concerned, he lamented.

He said that the tribal societies live in perfect harmony with nature and present an example of harmony between man and nature to be followed by the urban societies. He added “their history needs to be rediscovered”.

Referring to Felix Padel, noted environmentalist and great grandson of Charles Darwin, Governor Rao said that Felix Padel moves in India donning a T-shirt with Birsa Munda’s pic embossed on it in atonement of the sin his countrymen committed against the people of India. And our students are not aware of these facts, he said.

He said that he was closely monitoring the issue of tribal development through the special tribal cell created for the purpose in his office. The fund under tribal sub plan has been used for the welfare of the tribal societies, he added.

Governor Rao stressed on improving the literacy rate of tribal women which was below the national average, the standard of Ashram Shalas needed upgradation and sought the help from Kalyan Ashram for achieving this.

Nitin Gadkari:

In his address Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that his ministry would construct road network worth Rs 1 lakh crore in Northeastern states which are mostly tribal dominated areas. Out of this works worth Rs 16000 crore have already begun and contracts were given to the local people.

He said the present Modi government was very keen on development of tribal areas on the basis of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and e-governance. He said that uplifting life standard of tribal people would be possible on the basis on proper amalgamation of their traditional knowledge and modern science and technology like internet.

Underlining the fact that mere change in the government does not transform the society, Gadkari sought the help and assistance of Kalyan Ashram in transforming the society on the plank of development.

Jagdeoram Uraon:

Kalyan Ashram President Jagdeoram Uraon said that though there are laws for protection of tribal areas, there are no provisions to protect the tribal identity. The tribal society would have to be awakened towards this so that they can put up a strong defence against the onslaughts on their identity from various quarters, he added.

We need to win the struggle for our presence and identity and to raise our own leadership. This is what Kalyan Ashram is doing since its inception, he added.

Jitendranath Maharaj:

Head of Deonath Mutt, Anjangaon, Jitendranath Maharaj showered blessings on the assembled gathering describing the tribal society as bedrock of Hindu culture and civilization whose association dated back since the hoary past of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Describing Kalyan Ashram mission as a divine one, he said that blessings of Lord Rama are with the organization which would lead it to the success.

The program is being attended by over 2000 tribal activists including women workers drawn from all over the country in this first such exercise being held in Nagpur the fountainhead of Hindutva movement in India.

Dignitaries present: The inaugural session was graced by Maharashtra Power Minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule, Nagpur Mayor Pravin Datke, Kalyan Ashram Vice Presidents Nilima Patte and Kripa Prasad Singh, Secretary Chandrakant Deo, Reception Committee Chairman Sameer Chatte, RSS Sah-Sarkaryawah Dr Krishna Gopal, Sewa Bharati Pramukh Suhasrao Hiremath, and other saints and sadhus from tribal areas.

The program was compeered by Jt Secretary Vishnu Kant. Jt. Organising Secretary Atul Jog welcomed the guests while Chandrakant Deo proposed vote of thanks.

Kalyan Ashram activities:

It may be mentioned that Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram has spread its works in 330 tribal dominated districts of the country covering 52000 villages with a battery of 972 fulltime workers including 430 tribal men and 141 women. It has developed an army of 3320 health workers who have benefitted over 9 lakh tribal families in the remote areas of the country with proper health care delivery.

In the education field the Kalyan Ashram has a network of 2395 primary and middle schools and 2081 Ekal Vidyalayas and Balsanskar Kendras to inculcate moral values. Besides, the Kalyan Ashram has undertaken steps to improve sports talents amongst the tribal boys and girls and women empowerment programs.

Colorful exhibition:

An exhibition highlighting the colourful aspects of tribal life is arranged at the conference premises which will be open for the public till October 4 evening. The exhibition was inaugurated on October 1 in presence of Jt Commissioner of Social Welfare Department R D Atram, Nagpur Mayor Pravin Datke, Kalyan Ashram President Jagdeoram Uraon, and other dignitaries.

The exhibition highlights the activities of Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram and steps it has taken to improve the life standards of the tribal people of India.