Madhya Pradesh float to depict Tantya Bhil for R-Day

January 12th, 2009 - 6:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Jan 12 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh will pay homage to Tantya Bhil, the greatest Bhil fighter who led a 15-year-long rebellion against the British in the late 19th century, on Republic Day this year, an official statement said Monday. “A float on Tantya Bhil and the peasant and tribal movement will pass through Rajpath during the Republic Day parade. The theme and design of the float have been developed by the Public Relations Department, Madhya Pradesh government,” it said.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inspected the model of the tableau during his last visit to Delhi and praised the work.

Known as the ‘Robinhood of Central India’, Tantya Bhil was simple by nature and very large-hearted. His physique was not very impressive, as he was only about five feet tall.

Right in his adolescence, he had started displaying qualities of leadership. Those days, money lenders and landlords ruled the roost as nobody dared to challenge them because of the support and protection they enjoyed from the ruling class.

Tantya, however, took up his fight against the dominant ruling classes. Because of his practice of distributing the money among the needy, poor people, he emerged as a hero of the masses.

In the eyes of the British, Tantya was a bandit, who had challenged the established administration and judicial system. He was hanged on Dec 4, 1889, by the British.

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