In the wake of the historic roll out of GST, that won accolades for the Modi government by a section of the society, despite the Congress opposing it, reminds us of a tribal revolt that took place back in the year 1855 on the same date.

The Santhal rebellion commonly known as Santhal Hool in present-day Jharkhand was a landmark in Indian history. It started on June 30, 1855, when the Murmu brothers Sido, Kanhu, Chand and Bhairav led the rebellion and mobilised 10,000 tribals armed with bows and arrows against British Colonial Authority and Zamindari System, which lasted until January 3, 1856.

The tribal community who existed peacefully in the hilly districts of Manbhum and Birbhum, were invaded by the Britons, who captured their respective lands which they used for their own survival. As a result, the Santhalis had to retreat to the hills of Raj Mahal, which was again claimed by the Brit rulers with the help of local landlords. The poor community was indebted with high amounts of loans that were forced on them through corrupt money lending practices. This in turn forced families to turn into bonded laborers which infuriated them. Finally they took an oath to launch an attack on the British authority.

In the era where we see protests and oppositions pan India for various reasons, the Santhal rebellion acts as a benchmark that encouraged a small tribal community to turn into rebels with their demand of freedom of survival.