This statue has been installed in Shaheed Gundadhur Agriculture College campus located in Kumravand
Raipur (thestates.news) | Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel unveiled the life-size statue of Veer Gundadhur, the leader of the Bhumkal rebellion, at Shaheed Gundadhur Agricultural College campus in Kumravand, during his daylong visit to Bastar.
In his brief address on the occasion, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that Veer Gundadhur was one of the great tribal leaders of Bastar, who led the great rebellion movement of Bhoomkal. In the honour of his contribution and sacrifices, a life-size statue of Veer Gundadhur has been installed in the agriculture college premise. He said that this statue will inspire the young students of the college to to get acquainted with his indomitable courage and bravery. Tribal heroes of Bastar made significant contribution in the freedom struggle as well as in protecting and promoting the tribal culture, taking inspiration from which the government is also making sincere efforts to save the tribal culture across Chhattisgarh including Bastar.
At the unveiling of the statue built at the cost of Rs 10 lakh sanctioned from Bastar Area Tribal Development Authority, CM Mr. Baghel met the great-grandsons of Veer Gundadhur – Jaydev Nag, Punu Nag, Dularu Nag, Pardesi Nag, who had come from Netanar.
Industries Minister Kawasi Lakhma, Bastar MP Deepak Baij, President of Bastar Development Authority Lakheshwar Baghel, Vice President Vikram Mandavi, Former MP Nand Kumar Sai, Parliamentary Secretary Rekhchand Jain, MLA Narayanpur Chandan Kashyap, Sanjari Balod were present on this occasion. MLA Sangeeta Sinha, Mayor Safira Sahu, Municipality President Kavita Sahu, Vice President of Indravati Basin Development Authority Rajeev Sharma, Divisional Commissioner Shyam Dhavde, IG Sundarraj P., Collector Vijay Dayaram K. Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Meena and other public representatives were present as well
Shaheed Veer Gundadhur-
The Great Martyr Veer Gundadhur led the ‘Bhoomkal’ movement against the British in 1910 to save the land of the tribals. Bhoomkal means earthquake or tremble in the land. And as the word describes, Bhoomkal movement shook the entire Bastar. Forest policy, compulsory education, changing religion, forced labour, bureaucracy were few of the many reasons behind this movement. Bhoomkal rebellion was so effeciently strategized that the tribals bravely fought the British army with bow-arrows and spears under the leadership of Veer Gundadhur. Not only Chhattisgarh but the entire country remembers the the valour and heroism of Veer Gundadhur. And to honour his memories, Government of Chhattisgarh has established the ‘Gundadhur Samman’ for outstanding performance in the field of adventure and sports.