[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned about Alluri Seetharama Raju, his heroic life and his battles with British.

17 May 2023 483 Views

Brannon Parker

“Today as the world is overwhelmed by a constant crisis many are recognizing the inherent wisdom of the ancient indigenous cultures. Hinduism, as a religion that was practiced before the age of Pyramids or the construction of Stonehenge, is an authentically indigenous tradition. It is one of the few remaining root cultures in the world. These root cultures represent an ethos that does not put a price tag on anything which lives inside each of us.”

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to inform you that we have started Bala Samskar Kendras (Schools for children and youth) to enrich them with the greatness of Hindu Dharma and appreciate the sacrifices many leaders have done to protect Bharat. There are many kings who have achieved new heights in their skills, talents, and strength. Unfortunately, Bharath denies its history to its own children and glorified the most undeserving rulers. The government has corrupted the minds of young students since Independence in 1947. It is our effort to teach them the greatness of our scriptures, enrich their minds with timeless wisdom, create a sense of pride through time-tested moral and ethical compasses, and make them proud of the science behind all our customs and traditions.

Sri Alluri Seetharama Raju

Born on July 4, 1897, into a middle-class family, Alluri, as a boy, was deeply disturbed when he heard about the untold miseries that the countrymen were suffering under British rule.

Known for the brief but emphatic Rampa Rebellion in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh against the British, Alluri, who is also referred to as Manyam Veerudu (Jungle Warrior), rallied thousands of poor Adviasis and kindled the spirit of freedom among them.

When a friend gave him badges with King George’s image on it, the teenager wore it on his shirt and famously said that wearing it was to flaunt one’s servitude. “But I pinned it on my shirt near my heart to remind all of you that a foreign ruler is crushing our lives,” he said.

He toured the country to understand things better and returned to the area where he belonged and decided to wage an armed rebellion – to free the country from the British and to protect the rights of Adivasis.

He won a few battles, using traditional weapons such as bows and arrows, including attacks on police stations. Legend has it that all his attacks were informed well in advance. Also, he would leave a letter with the inventory of weapons and bullet stocks that he was taking with him.

With great knowledge of the terrain and the people’s support in the jungles, he waged a spirited war against the British. Not many historians captured his heroics and contributions. Historian Sumit Sarkar was an exception and described him as a truly remarkable man who had become a folk hero.

“The most striking evidence of continued popular militancy came from the ever-restive semi-tribal Rampa region in the north of the Godavari, the scene of a veritable guerrilla war between August 1922 and May 1924 led by Sitarama Raju,” he said in his work Modern India 1885-1947.

Modi’s visit will kickstart year-long festivities marking the freedom fighter’s 125th birth anniversary. The birthplace of Alluri Sitarama Raju at Pandrangi in Vizianagaram district and the Chintapalli Police Station, which he raided (to mark 100 years of the Rampa Rebellion), will be restored. An Alluri Dhyana Mandir at Mogallu will be built, capturing the main events from his life through mural paintings and an AI-enabled interactive system.

After failing to crush the rebellion several times and announcing a ₹10,000 prize on his head, the British deputed TG Rutherford in April 1924, who resorted to unprecedented violence in Adivasi villages to find his coordinates. He was finally caught and killed on May 7, 1924. What followed his killing was untold repression, in which scores of fighters were killed.

In 1929, during a tour of the Andhra region Mahatma Gandhi was presented with a portrait of Rama Raju, responding to which at a later date, he wrote:

"Though I have no sympathy with and cannot admire armed rebellion, I cannot withhold my homage from a youth so brave, so sacrificing, so simple and so noble in character as young Shri Rama Raju . . . Raju was (if he is really dead) not a fituri but a great hero. Would that the youth of the country cultivated Shri Rama Raju’s daring, courage, devotion and resourcefulness and dedicated them for the attainment of swaraj through strictly non-violent means. To me it is daily growing clearer that if the teeming millions whom we the articulate middle classes have hitherto suppressed for our selfish purpose are to be raised and roused, there is no other way save through non-violence and truth. A nation numbering millions needs no other means."

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