New Delhi, Dec 6: MPs of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have met the Union Culture Minister (State) on Monday, demanding Odisha’s Paika Rebellion as the first war of independence.
Led by the Parliamentary Party Leader of the BJD, Pinaki Mishra, the MPs submitted a memorandum to the Union Culture Minister for State, Arjun Ram Meghwal requesting appropriate steps in this connection.
The memorandum read, “Paika Bidroha” also known as the Paika Rebellion took place in 1817, which was India’s first organized armed rebellion against the British raj. This was the First War of Independence for India which was 40 years before the revolt of1857, which was later termed as the 1st War of Indian Independence against British Colonialism. This battle was fought under the leadership of Baxi Jagabandhu of Odisha.
The legend of the heroics of Baxi Jagabandhu as well as the valiant Paikas of Odisha continues to inspire the 4.5 crores Odias since the last two centuries. It is time, that this struggle and sacrifice by a generation of Odia people got its due place in the annals of history. The Paika Bidroha led the path in energizing and mobilizing the people of India and created strong resistance against the British raj, which ultimately led to the British having to leave India and India gaining its independence from foreign rule.