Ranchi: Subodh Kant Sahai, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader, remarked that if the government is unable to function according to the Congress ideology despite the fact that we are in power, the party should use Gandhijis theory of Satyagraha to force the administration to do so.

 We are committed to maintain Indias secularism by raising the slogan "do or die" in the spirit of Gandhijis doctrine wherever communalism emerges.

To make the organization effective, we must use struggle as a weapon in addition to government engagement. This battle will be fought not against the Hemant Soren and Alamgir Alam governments, but against radical communalism, which is attempting to impose its ideology across the country.

Recalling the vibrant revolutionary legacy of Jharkhand state, which has made tremendous contributions both ideologically and socio culturally Mr. Sahai said that  the land of Jharkhand is the birth-karma-bhoomi of the great Birsa Munda and it belongs to Mother Bhadrakalis holy area. Heroes like Sido Kanhu are born here, while mass movements like Kol, Santhal, and Munda complete the tribal societys identity. This land has attracted worldwide attention and salutations to the holy land.

Focusing over the invaluable ideological-socio-political contribution provided at the grassroots level by Congress party, he said 
Congress is not only Indias most prominent political organization; it is also the countrys freedom movements leader and an all-encompassing organization whose concerns are founded on a strong foundation of social upliftment and harmony, while always respecting the diversity and vibrancy of Indian tradition.

All rank and file in Congress should be proud to be a part of a national organization that not only represents a timeless concept but also keeps it relevant, perpetuates, and maintains its international significance. He said now when the Congress Gandhian ideology, freedom of speech, and communal harmony have taken a back seat and are ripping the wonderful social fabric apart, the organization must take action to combat it.

Every one is aware that in todays atmosphere, all values and institutions are being eliminated, creating a vicious circle in which ancient cultures and civilizations such as India become immoral and narrow. In these trying times, the organisation Congress must become more democratic and re-commit to maintain the tradition. He said that the Congress leaders and party workers must once again bow down to the sacrifices of the martyrs and swear that the party will not let the martyrs penance and sacrifice to be worn away. 

He went on to say that Congress marked its 136th anniversary on December 28th to pay honour to this and to achieve the Congresss goals. Im only wondering as to how many other political organizations in India exist with such a long history and active functioning. We are also commemorating Gandhijis 150th birthday.

We are the only ones who believe in his legacy who are traditionalists. Its a do-or-die situation in Congresss history.
Referring to the long list of martyrs of Jharkhand, he said that  martyrs and honouring Birsa Munda, the Kol revolt hero,  Sido Kanhu, the hero of the Santhal rebellion as well as Sheikh Bhikhari and Tikait Umraon Singh, he said that  Congress party was instrumental in the establishment of the state.

Jharkhand has essentially served as the Congress Karma Bhoomi. The issue of the common man has become secondary in recent politics. Jharkhand has been in the hands of such powers for many years which were allegedly indulged in dividing and looting. The former Union Minister stated that the goal for the common mans prosperity was to create a strong administration in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha in 2024, to give shape to long-cherished ideals.

Mr. Sahai continued, "If we are to follow Bhagwan Birsa Mundas route of socio-political struggle, we will have to take a commitment to win all Lok Sabha/ Vidhansabha seats in this area for Congress in 2024." He emphasized that, just as Bhagwan Birsa Munda called for a social revolution, we must be committed to launch a popular movement against communalism, in favour of harmony, against social division, poverty, and unemployment. We must make our organization relevant and effective for the campaign, he appealed.

The former Union Minister further said that Ranchi has a strong tradition of Munda culture. Ranchi is bordered on the north by Palamu, on the south by Singhbhum, on the east by Purulia, and on the west by Surguja and Raigarh. Chainpur, Vishnupur, Lohardaga, and Palkot Gumla are the three major plateaus in this region. The primary rivers in this region are the Swarnarekha Dakshin Kol, Bhairavi, and North Kol.Hundru, Gautam Dhara, Dasham, and Jonha are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area. There are also foliar and mica rocks, granite, quartzite, and lime silicate rocks in abundance. In the valleys, there are enormous accumulations of aluminum. Minerals such as asbestos, bauxite, beryl, and chromite are also discovered here, according to him. The most common stones used in building construction are laterite, granite, and epidorite, which are all readily available. In this area, Neolithic era microscopic tools have been discovered, indicating that developed human communities have existed here since very ancient times.

The ascent of Bhagwan Birsa Munda in 1895 made this location famous throughout India. In this tradition, the national movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi, began here during the age of non-cooperation and quickly expanded throughout the region. It was also here where Mahatma Gandhi and Lieutenant Governor Edward Gate discussed the 1917 non-cooperation movement. In 1926, a Khadi exhibition was held here under the guidance of Rajendra Babu, who was inspired by Gandhiji.

Mr Sahai went on to say that this region deserves recognition for hoisting the national flag in Gumlas Court on February 4, 1930. Mahatma Gandhi also spent four days in Ranchi in April 1934 for the Harijan Utthan Andolan.

Mineral-based enterprises have a lot of potential in this region. Apart from coal, establishing laterite, fire clay and china-clay industries in the public sector will not only solve the employment problem, but will also allow the regional economy to expand and become more people-oriented. The idea to turn the Aluminum sector  into medium manufacturing units will be extremely beneficial to the region.

Ranchis Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) has made a significant contribution to the countrys prosperity. Its competent management is required so that HEC can expand and diversify to meet the needs of future industrial development.

Subodh Kant Sahai, speaking on the South Chotanagpur division, remarked that at some point in this area, a girl from every Khunti household contributed to state, national, and world hockey. Bhagwan Birsa Munda and Jaipal Singh hail from Khunti.

Mr Sahai went on to say that Bhagwan Birsa Mundas holy feet had blessed the land of Jharkhand. Shri Sahay stated that if we consider Bhagwan Birsa Mundas background, his deeds, and struggle, his biography can serve as a lesson or inspiration to many. The Munda uprising is well-known movement in 1899-1901 led by Birsa Munda. Ulgulan was another well known movement in the later decades of the nineteenth century. The Munda tribes economic exploitation by moneylenders from the northern regions, as well as Jagirdars and contractors from outside the province, was the driving force behind this movement.

Apart from these, the land owners coming from outside started contracting youths from the tribal society for wages. In this type of contract, the money paid to the workers was very less. Although some social order had changed  by the efforts of Christian missionaries  no solution was found to the problem of land holding. 

In 1890, members of the Munda tribe went to court to contest the Forest Departments acquisition of land. However, no one was able to obtain relief from the court as a result of an Anglo-Indian lawyers deception. In these circumstances, Birsa Munda rose to prominence. Early on, he was influenced by Christian missionaries, but later on, he gravitated towards the Vaishnava religion. He was sentenced to prison for involvement in a local movement in 1893-1894. He began preparing for the tribal movement after he emerged from prison with a firm determination. The recognition of Birsas divine power is declared in 1895, and the Munda uprising, which takes the shape of a violent tribal movement, begins in 1899. The fact that the movement comes to an end as a result of British repression is significant. Birsa Mundas reputation as a powerful and efficient leader, on the other hand, endures. Birsa Munda died soon after the movement was suppressed in January 1901.