Alluri Seetha Rama Raju: A Folk Hero of Rampa Rebellion, 1922
Recently the Vice President of India visited Pandarangi village, located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the birthplace of the famous freedom fighter and revolutionary Shri Alluri Sitarama Raju.
Alluri Seetha Rama Raju
- The Indian revolutionary ‘Alluri Sitarama Raju’ led the ‘Rampa Rebellion’ in the year 1922 against the British Raj, on the enactment of the Madras Forest Act,
- Under the Madras Forest Act, 1882, restrictions were placed on the free movement of tribals in their own forests.
- Because of this act, the tribal communities were not able to cultivate under the ‘Traditional Podu Farming System’. The ‘Podu farming system’ also includes ‘Jhum farming’.
- This armed tribal struggle ended with a violent crackdown in the year 1924, in which ‘Sitaram Raju’ was captured by British soldiers, tied to a tree, and shot by a firing squad.
- Alluri Sitarama Raju has been given the title of ‘Manyam Veerudu’ or ‘Hero of the Jungle’ for his bravery.
Rampa Rebellion of 1922
The ‘Rampa Rebellion’ of the year 1922, also known as ‘Manyam Rebellion’, was a tribal revolt started under the leadership of ‘Alluri Sitarama Raju’ in the Godavari branch of ‘Madras Presidency’ under British India. The rebellion began in August 1922, and continued in May 1924.
Source – The Hindu