Komaram Bheem : Forgotten Tribal Leader
Komaram Bheem was a tribal leader who fought for the liberation of Hyderabad against the Asaf jahi Dynasty. He was a Gond tribal and was born in the Adilabad district in the Telangana region. The Gonds formed a substantial part of the population as the area was ruled by of Chanda (Chandrapur) and Ballalpur.
The Gonds like all tribes had very little interaction with the outside world. Komaram too had no exposure and was uneducated. Despite these constraints, he rose in rebellion against the atrocities of the Nizam and became a household name in the liberation movement of his people.
The present Telangana state was once part of Nizams rule of Hyderabad state. It was ruled by Nawabs of Asifjahi dynasty which was later included into Indian Union in 1948. During Nizam’s time unbearable taxes were imposed and exploitation and atrocities of local zamindars were rampant on Adivasi masses. In the background of ongoing atrocities, Bheem launched massive agitations against Nizam government, and started guerrilla warfare against their army. Making Jode Ghat the centre of his activities, Bheem continued his guerrilla war from 1928 to 1940.
He took his last breath fighting against the Nizams at Babijhari in 1940. 72 years after his death in 2012 Komaram Bheem’s statue was installed at Tank Bund, Hyderabad.
It was recently revealed that a much awaited movie starring Tollywood actors Ram Charan & Junior NTR in the lead role is partly based on Komaram Bheem and Alluri Seetharama Raju. Alluri SeethaRama Raju is freedom fighter from the southern part of India. The movie is being directed by Rajamouli and is titled RRR. Recently Alia Bhatt & Ajay Devgan has also been roped into this film.
As stated by Rajamouli the main reason behind the concept of the movie RRR is to highlight the lost heroes of Southern India.