In his tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, "I bow to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his Jayanti. His indomitable courage is a source of motivation." He further wrote, "Inspired by the life of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, we are working towards empowerment of our tribal communities, who are India's pride."
I bow to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his Jayanti. His indomitable courage is a source of motivation. pic.twitter.com/LtIc1VOyG7- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 15, 2017
President Ram Nath Kovind also paid homage to the national hero. In his tweet, he referred Birsa Munda with his popular name, 'Dharti Aba', which means father of earth.
Tributes to freedom fighter and national hero 'Dharti Aba' Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary. I am happy to be visiting Jharkhand on this day #PresidentKovind- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 15, 2017
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also paid respects to the freedom fighter and mentioned in his tweet, "Bhagwan Birsa Munda fought against the British with exemplary courage and led the way for the empowerment of tribals."
My tributes to Bhagwan Birsa Munda on his Jayanti. He fought against the British with exemplary courage and led the way for the empowerment of tribals.- Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 15, 2017
Some of the other prominent leaders who paid tribute the freedom fighter were Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Homage to the great hero and freedom fighter Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 15, 2017
Tributes to legendary freedom fighter Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary.- Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) November 15, 2017
Though Birsa Munda died at an early age of 24, he left a great impact and fired the imagination of the tribals and mobilized them against the tyrant British rulers. His slogan threatening the British Raj was Abua raj seter jana, maharani raj tundu jana which means "Let the kingdom of the queen be ended and our kingdom be established."
He was arrested on March 3, 1900 in Jamkopai forest in Jharkhand while he was sleeping along his tribal guerrilla army which was fighting against the British. Birsa Munda died in Ranchi Jail on June 9, 1900. Although the British claimed he died of cholera, he reportedly never showed symptoms.