Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a 64-foot-tall statue of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village Sampla in Rohtak district of Haryana.
Sir Chhotu Ram statue has been sculpted by renowned sculptor and Padma Bhushan-recipient Ram Vanji Sutar.
Around 5,500 farmers from Haryana had donated iron metal, ranging from half-a-kg to two kgs for construction of Sir Chhotu Ram Statue.
Sir Chhotu Ram was born on 24th November 1881, as Ram Richpal in Garhi-Sampla, Rohtak in then Punjab, British India (now in Haryana) and died on 9 January 1945 at the age of 63 years in Lahore, British India (NOW Pakistan).
Sir Chhotu Ram is regarded as a messiah (ALMIGHTY) of peasants and was instrumental in empowering farmers in the pre-Independence era and getting a pro-farmers law enacted. He had fought for farmers’ rights during the British rule.
Sir Chhotu Ram was an ideologue of peasants of pre-Independent India and championed interest and cause of oppressed peasants of Indian Sub-continent. For this feat, he was knighted (given the title of Sir) in 1937.
On a political front, he was a co-founder of National Unionist Party ((Zamindara League)) which ruled United Panjab Province in pre-Independent India and kept Congress and Muslim League away from power.
Sir Chhotu Ram was popularly known as Deen Bandhu (in Urdu as Rahbare Azam, which translates as a messiah of poor).