On the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju, PM Narendra Modi, and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy unveiled a 30-feet tall bronze statue in Dharmavaram of West Godavari district. Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan, Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy, AP State Minister Roja Selvamani, Former Union Ministers K. Chiranjeevi & D. Purandeswari, and other ministers participated in this program.
PM Modi said: “The entire country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rampa rebellion, which was started by Alluri Sitarama Raju, in a freedom fight against the British to safeguard the interests of the tribal community in the Eastern ghats of India, along with the 75th anniversary of independence.”
Speaking on the occasion, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy noted: “I am proud to be born on Telugu soil, highlighting the great sacrifice of Alluri Sitarama Raju for the tribal population and the struggle he endured in the process.”
“We come from the land of heroes like Alluri Sitarama Raju, who sacrificed his life for the people of Andhra Pradesh and especially from the tribal community. He had a great spark of fire, which will motivate us in our daily life,” the CM said.
PM Modi also remembered the great fight of Alluri Sitarama Raju against the British and addressed Alluri Sitarama Raju as “Manyam Veeradu” (Hero of the Jungles) as called by the local people. PM Modi also announced that the Centre has planned a series of initiatives as part of the ‘75th Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
“As part of our 75th Amrit Mahotsav and also the 100th anniversary of Rampa rebellion started by Alluri Sitarama Raju, I bow down to the great freedom fighter. I am heartful that I’m taking part in this auspicious event. We will celebrate the Rampa rebellion and 125th anniversary for the entire year,” PM said.
The PM also announced that the birthplace of Alluri Sitarama Raju at Pandrangi in Vizianagaram district and Chintapalli Police Station, where the attack on this police station marked the beginning of Rampa Rebellion, will be restored. The Government has also approved the construction of Alluri Dhyana Mandir at Mogallu with a statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju in Dhyana Mudra, depicting the life story of the freedom fighter through mural paintings and an AI-enabled interactive system.
“We have taken an oath to publicize the history and the struggles of all the freedom fighters throughout the country. This is not history for just one constituency, one community, or one state. It’s for the entire country to know and celebrate. Alluri is the idol for the Adivasis and is the symbol of strength for the entire country,” PM Modi noted.
Highlighting the importance being given to the tribal communities across the country, PM Modi said that for the first time since Independence, tribal museums are being set up to showcase the tribal pride and heritage in the country.
“His journey from birth to death has been an inspiration to everyone. He gave his entire life for the Adivasis and was there for the upliftment of the community. In this memory, Alluri Sitarama Raju Memorial Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum will also be built-in Lambasingi,” PM Modi added.