Komaram Bheem

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Komaram Bheem
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Komaram Bheem
Born 22 October 1901 [1]
Sankepalli Village, Adilabad District, Telangana
Died 16 October 1940
Jodeghat, Komaram Bheem District, Telangana

Komaram Bheem (22 October 1901 – 8 October 1940) was a tribal leader who fought against the Asaf Jahi Dynasty for the liberation of Hyderabad.[2] Komaram Bheem openly fought against the ruling Nizam government in a guerrilla campaign. He defied courts, laws, and any other form of Nizam authority, living off the sustenance of the forest. He took up arms against Nizam Nawab's soldiers, and fought Babi Jhari until his last breath.[3][4][5] His life history was written originally by the comrade leader of Telangana Rebellion, Puchalapalli Sundariah.

Early Life[edit]

Bheem was born into a family of Gond Tribals (Koitur) in the forests of Komaram Bheem Asifabad district (formerly part of Adilabad district) in the state of Telangana. He was not exposed to the outside world and did not have any formal education.[6] Komaram Bheem was barely 15 years old when his father was killed by forest officials for asserting Adivasis’ rights. After the death of his father, Bheem's family migrated to Surdhapur village.[7]

Life[edit]

He gave the slogan of "Jal, Jungle, Jameen" (Water, Forest, Land). By definition, it means that the people who live in forests should have rights on all the resources of the forest.

Talukdar Abdul Sattar failed to bring Bheem to kow-tow his line. Abdul Sattar, well equipped with ninety policemen armed with guns, attacked Bheem, who did not have any armour to protect himself. On that fateful full moon night, hundreds of followers of Bheem armed themselves with bows, arrows, swords and spears. The fearless Gonds launched a frontal assault, from just a dozen feet away from the Nizam's police force, braved their guns, only to be riddled with bullets. That night, the martyr Komaram Bheem became a deity and eternal hero to the tribal community.

Legacy[edit]

In 2011 it was announced that a statue of Bheem would be installed in Tank Bund, which was later unveiled on February 2, 2012.[8] [9]

Movie[edit]

A movie based on the tribal leader, titled Komaram Bheem and directed by Allani Sridhar, received several awards such as A.P. State Nandi Awards (1990): Best Feature Film on National Integration and Best Director of a debut film.[10]

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