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Pays tributes to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee due to whose strong will, the state of Jharkhand came into existence
 “In this Amrit Kaal of independence, the country has decided that the country will give a more meaningful and more grand identity to the tribal traditions of India and its valor stories”
 “This museum will become a living venue of our tribal culture full of diversity, depicting the contribution of tribal heroes and heroines in the freedom struggle.”
 “Bhagwan Birsa lived for the society, sacrificed his life for his culture and his country. Therefore, he is still present in our faith, in our spirit as our God.”

Friends,

On this important occasion, the nation’s first Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum is being dedicated to the countrymen. Fighting for India's identity and independence, Bhagwan Birsa Munda spent his last days in this jail in Ranchi. The land, which had an imprint of Bhagwan Birsa and which is witness to his penance and sacrifice, is a kind of pilgrimage for all of us. Some time back I had called for the establishment of Adivasi (tribal) museums across the country to cherish the history of tribal society and their contribution to the freedom struggle. The central and all the state governments are working together for this purpose. I am happy that the first tribal museum in Jharkhand, which is rich in tribal culture, has come into existence today. I congratulate the tribal society of the country, every citizen of India for the Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Udyan cum Freedom Fighter Museum. This museum will become a living venue of our tribal culture full of diversity, depicting the contribution of tribal heroes and heroines in the freedom struggle. There are statues of many tribal heroes, including Sidhu-Kanhu, Poto Ho, Telanga Kharia, Gaya Munda, Jatra Tana Bhagat and Diva-Kisun in this museum and their life stories have also been explained in detail.

Friends,

Apart from this, work is going on at a rapid pace on nine more such museums in different states of the country. Very soon, we will see the museums in Rajpipla in Gujarat, Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Kozhikode in Kerala, Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad in Telangana, Tamenglong in Manipur, Kelsih in Mizoram and Ponda in Goa. These museums will not only make the new generation of the country aware of the pride of tribal history, but will also give a new impetus to tourism in these areas. These museums will also preserve and promote songs, music, art-skills, handicrafts and crafts passed down from generation to generation.

Friends,

Bhagwan Birsa Munda and many of our tribal fighters had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. But what was the meaning of independence and Swaraj to them? The innate goal of the freedom struggle was that the sovereignty of India and the power to make decisions for India should rest with the people of India. At the same time, the fight for 'Dharti Aaba' was also against the ideology that wanted to erase the identity of India's tribal society. Bhagwan Birsa Munda knew that attacking diversity in the name of modernity, tampering with ancient identity and nature was not the way for the welfare of the society. He was in favor of modern education, he advocated for changes and he also showed courage to speak against the evils and shortcomings of his own society. He campaigned against illiteracy, drug addiction, discrimination and created awareness among the youths of the society. It was the impact of these moral values ​​and positive thinking that gave a new energy to the tribal society. The same foreigners, who considered our tribal society, Munda brothers and sisters, as backward and weak, were brought to their knees by Bhagwan Birsa Munda and Munda society. This fight was for the root-forest-land, the identity of the tribal society and the independence of India. And it was so powerful because Bhagwan Birsa had taught the society to fight against the external enemies as well as the weaknesses within. Therefore, I think Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas is also an occasion to remember this great sacrifice of empowering the society and an opportunity to remember it again and again.

Friends,

The 'Ulgulan' (revolution) of Bhagwan Birsa Munda was not limited to victory and defeat. It was not an ordinary battle of history. ‘Ulgulan’ was an inspiring event for hundreds of years to come. Bhagwan Birsa gave life for the society, culture and the country. Therefore, he exists as God in our faith and spirit even today. When we see the tribal society becoming a participant in the development of the country and leading India on environment, we see the face of Bhagwan Birsa Munda and feel his blessings. Therefore, the tribal society should preserve the customs and culture of their society. This is what our India is doing today for the entire world!

Friends,

Bhagwan Birsa is not an individual but a tradition for all of us. He is the embodiment of the philosophy of life that has been a part of the soul of India for centuries. We don't just call him ‘Dharti Aaba’. Around the time when Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was becoming the voice of humanity against apartheid in South Africa, Birsa Munda had already written a chapter of the battle against servitude in India. ‘Dharti Aaba’ did not live for very long. But he wrote a complete history for the country in a short span of life and gave direction to the generations of India. In the ongoing Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, the country is reviving countless such pages of history, which were forgotten in the past decades. The freedom of this country involves the sacrifices of so many fighters, who did not get the recognition that was due to them. If we look at that period of our freedom struggle, there was hardly any period when there was no tribal revolution in different parts of the country! Be it the Munda movement under the leadership of Bhagwan Birsa, or the Santhal struggle and the Khasi struggle, the Ahom struggle in the Northeast or the Kol war in the Chota Nagpur region and the Bhil struggle, the tribal sons and daughters of India challenged the British rule in every period.

Friends,

If we look at the history of Jharkhand and the entire tribal region, Baba Tilka Manjhi had launched a vigorous front against the British. The Sidho-Kanhu and Chand-Bhairav brothers ​​had blown the trumpet of the Santhal war from Bhognadih. There were so many fighters like Telanga Kharia, Sheikh Bhikhari and Ganpat Rai, heroes and leading ladies like Tikait Umrao Singh, Vishwanath Shahdeo, Nilambar-Pitamber, Narayan Singh, Jatra Oraon, Jadonang, Rani Gaidinliu and Rajmohini Devi who made supreme sacrifices to carry forward the freedom struggle. The contribution of these great souls cannot be forgotten. Their glorious past and sagas will give energy for a new India. Therefore, the nation has appealed to its youth and historians to rewrite the history of independence involving these personalities. The youth have been urged to come forward. A writing campaign is being run regarding this in this virtuous period of freedom.

I would also request the youth of Jharkhand, especially the tribal youth, who not only read the history of this land, but have seen, heard and lived it to take the responsibility of this resolve of the country. You can research or write a book on the history related to the freedom struggle. You can also discover new innovative ways to take tribal art and culture to the masses. Now it is our responsibility to give new consciousness to our ancient heritage and history.

Friends,

Bhagwan Birsa Munda had dreamed of existence, identity and self-reliance for the tribal society. Today the country is also moving forward with this resolve. We have to remember that no matter how big a tree is, it can stand tall only when it is deeply rooted. Therefore, AatmaNirbhar Bharat is also a resolve to connect with its roots and strengthen its roots. This resolution will be fulfilled with the efforts of all of us. I have full faith our country will definitely fulfill its resolutions and will also give direction to the entire world with the blessings of Bhagwan Birsa. I once again wish the nation for the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas. I would urge the students of the country to visit Ranchi and see this exhibition showcasing the great culture of the tribal community. Try to learn something there. There is a lot here for every child of India to move forward with determination in life. I once again thank you all very much.

 

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Text of PM's Interaction with Indian players for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
August 13, 2022
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“Due to the splendid hard work of the sportspersons, the country is entering into the Azadi ka Amrit Kaal with an inspiring achievement”
“Athletes inspire the youth of the country to do better not only in sports but also in other sectors”
“You weave the country in unity of thought and goal that was also one the great strength of our freedom struggle”
“The power of the Tricolour was seen in Ukraine where it had become a protective shield not only for Indians but also for the citizens of other countries in getting out of the battlefield”
“We have a responsibility to create a sports ecosystem that is globally excellent, inclusive, diverse and dynamic. No talent should be left behind”

Although it is very motivating for me to talk to everyone, it is not possible to talk to everyone. But I have had the opportunity to keep in touch with many of you in one way or the other and had the opportunity to interact with you on different occasions. But I am glad that you took out time to come to my residence as a member of the family. As every Indian is proud of the success of your accomplishments, I am also proud to be associated with you. You all are very welcome here.

The country is going to complete 75 years of independence after two days. It is a matter of pride that the country is heralding the ‘Amrit Kaal’ of independence with an inspiring achievement by your efforts.

Friends,

Over the last few weeks, the country has made two major achievements in the field of sports. Along with the historic performance in the Commonwealth Games, the country organized Chess Olympiad for the first time. Not only has the country organized a successful event, but it has also delivered an outstanding performance, continuing its rich tradition in chess. I congratulate all the players who participated in the Chess Olympiad and all the medal winners on this occasion today.

Friends,

I promised all of you ahead of the Commonwealth Games that we will celebrate the victory festival together upon your return. It was my belief that you would return home victorious and therefore I made sure to manage my time despite my busy schedule to celebrate victory with you. Today is the occasion to celebrate victory. While I was talking to you, I could see the confidence and courage which has become your identity. Those who won medals and those who are going to win medals in future deserve praise today.

Friends,

I want to tell you one more thing. While all of you were competing there, crores of Indians were staying awake late here due to time difference. The countrymen were fixated on your every action and move till late at night. Many people slept with alarms so that they could remain updated with your performance. People used to constantly check the score, goals and points. All of you have a big role in increasing this interest and attraction towards sports among people and you deserve congratulations for this.

Friends,

It is not possible to make an honest assessment of your performance this time just by the number of medals. So many players were neck-on-neck in different competitions this time. This too is no less than a medal in itself. Well, they might have lagged by point one second or point one centimeter, but we will cover that too. I have full faith in you. I am also excited because we are not only strengthening the sports which have been our strength, but we are also leaving our mark in new sports. I appreciate the efforts, hard work and temperament of both the teams for the way we are regaining our legacy in hockey. Compared to last time, we have scored victories in four new games. From lawn bowls to athletics, there has been phenomenal performance. With this performance, the inclination of youth towards new sports in the country is going to increase a lot. We have to keep on improving our performance like this in the new games. I can see all the old faces in front of me, be it Sharath, Kidambi, Sindhu, Saurabh, Mirabai, Bajrang, Vinesh or Sakshi. All the senior athletes have led as expected and encouraged everyone. And on the other hand, our young athletes have done wonders. The young colleagues I spoke to before the start of the Games have lived up to their promise. Out of those who debuted, 31 teammates won medals. This shows how much the confidence of our youth is increasing today. The spirit of a new India is visible when veteran Sharath dominates and Avinash, Priyanka and Sandeep take on the world's best athletes for the first time. This is the spirit that we are ready for every race and competition. How many times have we seen two Indian players saluting the tricolor on the athletics podium simultaneously? And friends, the whole country is in awe of the performance of our daughters. Just now when I was talking to Pooja, I also mentioned this to her. After watching that emotional video of Pooja, I had said through social media that you don't need to apologize. You are a winner for the country and you just don’t have to compromise on your honesty and hard work. I also said the same thing to Vinesh after the Olympics and I am glad that she put the disappointment behind and did her best. Be it boxing, judo, or wrestling, the way daughters have dominated, it is amazing. Neetu forced the rivals to leave the boxing ring. Under the leadership of Harmanpreet, the Indian cricket team performed well in the inaugural competition itself. The performance of all the players has been excellent, but no one still has the answer to Renuka's swing. Being the top wicket-taker among the legends is no less an achievement. She may have the calmness of Shimla on her face and the innocent smile of the mountains, but her aggression shatters the spirits of big batters. This performance will surely inspire, encourage and motivate the daughters even in remote areas.

Friends,

It is not that you give medals to the country and an opportunity to celebrate and the country to feel proud. Rather, you strengthen the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. You inspire the youth of the country to do better not only in sports but also in other sectors. You all unite the country with one resolve, one goal, which was also a great strength of our freedom struggle. The viewpoint of countless fighters and revolutionaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mangal Pandey, Tatya Tope, Lokmanya Tilak, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla Khan and Ramprasad Bismil was different, but the goal was one. Innumerable heroines like Rani Lakshmibai, Jhalkari Bai, Durga Bhabhi, Rani Chennamma, Rani Gaidinliu and Velu Nachiyar fought for freedom breaking every stereotype. Many great tribal fighters like Birsa Munda, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Govind Guru fought against such a mighty army only with their courage and spirit. Many personalities like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Nanaji Deshmukh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee spent their lives to fulfill the dreams of independent India. From the freedom struggle to the way the whole of India collectively tried in the rebuilding of independent India, you also enter the field with the same spirit. Irrespective of the state, district, village, language, you do your best for the pride and prestige of the country. Your driving force is the tricolor and we have seen the power of the tricolor in Ukraine some time ago. The tricolor became a protective shield not only for the Indians, but also for the people of other countries while evacuating them from the battlefield.

Friends,

In recent times, we have done well in other tournaments as well. We have had the most successful performance so far in the World Athletics Championships. There has also been a commendable performance in the World Under-20 Athletics Championships. Similarly, many new records have been made in the World Cadet Wrestling Championship and Para Badminton International tournaments. It is definitely a time of excitement for the Indian sport. There are also many coaches, members of the coaching staff and colleagues associated with sports administration in the country here. Your role in these successes has also been excellent. Your role is very important. But this is the beginning according to me. We are not going to rest on our laurels. The golden era of India's sports is knocking, friends. I am glad that many players who have graduated from the Khelo India platform have done exceptionally well this time. The positive effect of TOPS is also being seen. We have to intensify our efforts to discover new talent and take them to the podium. It is our responsibility to build a sporting ecosystem that is world-class, inclusive, diversified and dynamic. No talent should be left out, because it is the wealth of the country. I would urge all the athletes to prepare for the forthcoming Asian Games and the Olympics. I have another request for you on 75 years of independence. Last time I requested you to encourage children by visiting 75 schools and educational institutions of the country. In the midst of engagements, many colleagues have done this under the Meet the Champion campaign. Keep up this campaign. I urge those who have not been able to make it yet to go as the youth of the country now sees you as a role model and therefore listens carefully to your words. He is eager to apply your advice in his life. Your capability, acceptance and growing respect should also be useful for the younger generation of the country. I once again wish you all the best on this victory journey! Many congratulations! Thank you!