Centre to celebrate 200 years completion of Paika Mutiny

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Centre today announced to celebrate the 200 years completion of Paika Mutiny, known to be the first freedom struggle of India, to commemorate the courageous uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu in Khordha district of Odisha against British in 1817.

During his Budget speech in Lok Sabha today, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated, “200 years ago in 1817, a valiant uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu took place in Khordha.  We will commemorate it appropriately.”

Besides, the Government of India will commemorate the centenary year of Champaran Satyagrah in Gujarat this year, the Union Finance Minister said.

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In his reaction, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “The decision to celebrate the 200 years completion of Paika Mutiny is a big appreciation of the Centre for Odias,” adding that he is indebted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi  and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the decision.

Notably, nearly 400 Kandhas of Ghumusar in Ganjam marched towards Khurda protesting against the British and were joined by the Paikas, Daleis and Dalbeheras of Khurda later in March 1817. The rebels led by Khurda king Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar Mahapatra burnt many government buildings forcing the British officials to flee.

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