History of Jharkhand

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The Shah Deo's were the erstwhile rulers of Jharkhand, along with the royal house of palamau,kunda and kothi.Historically, Shah Deo's they came to power in the 2nd century after the Munda kings handed over the throne. Their palace still exists at Ratu, 11 km from the current Capital of Ranchi. Their first capital was at Sutiyambe near Ranchi. Remains of the period are still there for all to see. The first Ruler was Maharaja Phanimukut Rai. His descendents ruled over Jharkhand for around 2000 years till India's independence from the British rule. The good tribal rulers continued to thrive and were known as the Munda Rajas, and exist to this day. (These are regions which are still semi- autonomous, the degree of autonomy depending on the size of each specific Munda Raja's domain.) Later, during the Mughal period, the Jharkhand area was known as Kukara. After the year 1765, it came under the control of the British Empire and became formally known under its present title, "Jharkhand" - the Land of "Jungles" (forests) and "Jharis" (bushes). Located on Chhota Nagpur Plateau and Santhal Parganas, has evergreen forests, rolling hills and rocky plateaus with many places of keen beauty like Lodh Falls.

The subjugation and colonisation of Jharkhand region by the British East India Company resulted in spontaneous resistance from the local people. Almost one hundred years before India’s First War of Independence (1857), Adivasis of Jharkhand were already beginning what would become a series of repeated revolts against the British colonial rule.

Presence of king's family

There are many places in jharkhand where kings generation is living.Namely Ranchi, Ratu (where there is a palace Ratu Maharaja palace),chandwa,Latehar,pochra,chetag,mahual-milan(rol) and many moved to different states of country and few flew to some different countries.

Jharkhand revolts[edit]

  • 1772-1780 Paharia revolt
  • 1780-1785 Tilka Manjhi led the tribal revolt and managed to injure the British army Chief. In 1785, Tilka Manjhi was hanged to death in Bhagalpur
  • 1795-1800 Tamar revolt
  • 1795-1800 Munda revolt under the leadership of Vishnu Manaki
  • 1800-1802 Munda revolt under the stewardship of Dukhan Manaki of Tamar
  • 1819-1820 Munda revolt in Palamu under the leadership of Bhukan Singh
  • 1832-1833 Khewar revolt under the leadership of Bhagirath, Dubai Gosai and Patel Singh
  • 1833-1834 Bhumji revolt under the leadership of Ganga Narain of Birbhum
  • 1855 Santhals waged war against the permanent settlement of Lord Cornwallis
  • 1855-1860 During the late 1850s Sidhu had accumulated about ten thousands Santhal to run parallel government against British rule. The basic purpose was to collect taxes by making his own laws. British Government had announced an award of Rs. 10,000 to arrest Sidhu and his brother Kanhu
  • 1856-1857 Martyr Sahid Lal, Vishwanath Shahdeo, Sheikh Bhikhari, Ganpatrai and Budhu Veer led a movement against the British Government during India’s First War of Independence, 1857, also called Sepoy Mutiny
  • 1874 Kherwar Movement shot into fame under the leadership of Bhagirathi Manjhi
  • 1895-1900 Movement against the British raj led by Birsa Munda (born 15 November 1875). Birsa Munda was captured by British forces and declared dead on 9 June 1900 in Ranchi Jail, due to Cholera, according to records of the British colonial government.

All of these uprisings were quelled by the British through massive deployment of troops across the region.

In 1914 the Tana Bhagat resistance movement started, which gained the participation of more than 26,000 adivasis, and eventually merged with Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha and Civil Disobedience movement.

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