J'khand Governor commemorates martyrs of 1857

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Ranchi, Sep 15 (UNI) Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi today said that special focus should be given on developing the areas of the state which belonged to freedom fighters.

Addressing a National seminar about the freedom struggle of 1857, organised by the Ranchi University, Mr Razi said the martyrs fought for the freedom without expecting any returns.

Commemorating the contribution of freedom fighters, Mr Razi added that people from all caste and class throughout the country participated in the freedom struggle of 1857.

He said that revolts against the British marked throughout India but its main centres were south eastern and central parts of the country.

Urging the need to remove ''dust from the real facts'', Mr Razi said that historians should also focus on those points, which remain untouched till today.

The Governor said that the younger generation should also learn from the sacrifices of the people during the freedom struggle.

Referring to the freedom fighters of Jharkhand, he said that list of martyrs of the state included Veer Budhu Bhagat, Sidhu Kanhu, Chand Bhairav, Pandey Ganpat Rai, Madhav Singh, Nadir Ali and many others.

He added that the background of the 1857 revolution was prepared in the state in Santhal Pargana and Kolhan areas about 20 years before the 'Sepoy Mutiny'.

He said the sacrifices of Birsa Munda and Telanga Kharia were examples that the fire of freedom struggle remained alive in the state even after 1857.

Speaking on the contribution of Sheikh Bhikhari, Tikkait Umraon Singh and Neelamber Pitamber, the Governor said that these revolutionaries created unrest among the Britishers through their operations.

UNI

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