Paika revolt: Modi felicitates Odia freedom fighters’ kin

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha played a key role in the freedom struggle of the country, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after honouring family members of freedom fighters who waged an armed rebellion against the British rulers in the State in 1817.

On his second day of Odisha visit, Modi met and felicitated family members of 16 freedom fighters who had participated in the first mutiny against British rule known as Paika Rebellion here at Raj Bhawan on Sunday.

The family members of freedom fighters Buxi Jagabandhu, Laxman Nayak, Chakhi Khuntia, Madhav Chandra Routray, Krutibas Patsani, Raghu Dibakar, Veer Surendra Sai, Nirmal Munda and others were felicitated.

“It is a proud moment for me to remember the sacrifices made by the martyrs and fortunate meet their family members,” said Modi.

Modi also termed the Paika revolt as one of the major historical event of the freedom struggle.

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The Paikas were the traditional landed militia of Odisha and in the year 1817, Paikas of Khurda and other parts raised their strong voice against mighty Britishers and a rebellion ensued.

The Paikas were led by Bakshi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar Mohapatra Bhramarabar Ray, the former bakshi or commander of the forces of the Raja of Khurda.

Modi further said that despite its historical importance, it has been limited to few incidents. As several strings of events also took place between the 700 to 800 years of India’s freedom struggle, it is important to remember all such events.