Remembering Alluri Sitarama Raju : Hero Of The Jungle

After the passing of the 1882 Madras Forest Act, its restrictions on the free movement of tribal people in the forest prevented them from engaging in their traditional podu agricultural system, It’s a curse for tribal of agency area

Podu is a traditional system of cultivation used by tribes in India, whereby different areas of jungle forest are cleared by burning each year to provide land for crops. The word comes from the Telugu language.Podu is a form of shifting cultivation using slash-and-burn methods. Traditionally used on the hill-slopes of Andhra Pradesh.

Alluri Sitarama Raju (1897 or 1898 – 7 May 1924) was an Indian revolutionary involved in the Indian independence movement. Raju led the Rampa Rebellion of 1922, during which a band of tribal people and other sympathizers fought in the border areas of the East Godavari and Visakhapatnam regions of Madras Presidency, in present-day Andhra Pradesh, against the British Raj, which had passed the law. He was referred to as “Manyam Veerudu” (“Hero of the Jungle”) by the local people. He spearheaded a two-year-long tribal uprising against the British Raj. He inspired, motivated people, to fight for their rights, He often raided police Station to steal guns and ammunition  and killed several British police officers.He lost his life in the battlefield, fighting for rights until his last breath.