Who was Alluri Sitarama Raju?
- Alluri Sitarama Raju worked for the Adivasi Rights
- He is credited for the Rampa Rebellion against the British
- A statue will be unveiled at his birthplace in Bhimavaram
Alluri Sitaram Raju was a legendary freedom fighter. Born in the year 1897 in Andhra Pradesh he was the one who rallied the tribes of the Eastern Ghats to rise in revolt against British rule. He was also one of the prime persons involved in opposing the British in response to the 1882 Madras Forest Act. Alluri Sitaram Raju was one of the pioneers behind the Rampa Rebellion which happened in the year of 1922. He is also referred to as "Manyam Veerudu" by the Adivasis.
Born in a middle-class family in Bhimavaram. Alluri had kindled the spirit of freedom among the Adivasis. This legendary figure is just not admired and respected in Andhra Pradesh but also states of Telangana, Odisha, and Karnataka. He is one of the prominent figures of the Indian Freedom Movement. He has won many battles with his traditional weapons. He is remembered for his daring raids to seize arms and ammunition from police stations in the Rampachodavaram, Addateegala, Devipatnam, and Rajavommangi areas of the tribal backwoods. The raids had been carried out in broad daylight and a detailed note was left by him on what things had been taken from the police station. He had greatly worked for the rights of the Adivasis and carried out an armed rebellion to free the country from British Rule.
This year also marks the 100th year of Alluri Sitaram Raju’s Rampa rebellion and also the 125th birth anniversary celebration of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju. As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Government has committed to giving recognition to the contribution of freedom fighters and making people all over the country aware about them. So, a statue of Alluri Sitaram Raju will be unveiled at his birthplace in Bhimavaram. The government has approved for the construction of Alluri Dhyana Mandir at Mogallu with a statue of Alluri Sitaram Raju in Dhyana Mudra. The temple will also have depictions from the life story of the freedom fighter through mural paintings and AI-enabled interactive systems.