As usual we have forgotten himHe was born on 3rd January, 1903 in present Jharkhand. His simple-minded parents used to pray to the God to make him a successful herder of cattle. The boy thought differently. He started going to school, started to secure first position in the class, secured scholarship to study in the prestigious Oxford University, obtained the degree of B.A (Economics) from this University and joined Indian Civil Service.
The young man didn't stop. In Oxford, he learnt to play hockey, played in the Oxford hockey team and ultimately became the captain of Indian hockey team to win the first gold medal in 1928 Olympics.
He again surprised others. He left hockey; he resigned from ICS. For betterment of tribal people of India, he formed a political party called 'Adivasi Mahasabha' in 1938. Tribal people used to call him 'Marang Gomke' which means the Great Leader.
He became the member of Constituent Assembly. As a member of the Constituent Assembly, he gave a memorable speech against imposition of prohibition in India, an issue (prohibition) which was strongly supported by Gandhi. This memorable speech talked about the culture and tradition of tribal people of the country. This speech ultimately convinced the Constituent Assembly not to enforce prohibition in India.
This great man, became MP for consecutive four times. He was the first proponent of Jharkhand. We, the forgetful Indians, never paid him his due. He silently left the world in 1970. The simple Munda from Jharkhand has not been awarded with any Padma award, which many film-stars or lesser-known people from different fields have received.
As usual we have forgotten Pramod Pahan @ Jaipal Singh Munda.