On April 16, 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He felicitated the family members of 16 freedom fighters who were martyred during the Paika Rebellion.
- While interacting with descendants of freedom fighters, PM Modi mentioned that sacrifices made by their ancestor will be recognised by Govt. in 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence.
About Paika Rebellion:
Paika Rebellion was an armed rebellion against British East India Company which took place in the year 1817 across Odisha. Combination of social-political-economic causes triggered the Paika rebellion. Paiks were the traditional warrior clan of Odisha.
- Their ancestors were granted rent-free rights over land in Khurda region as recognition for their military service. After the defeat of King of Khurda at the hands of East India Company, the rights of Paiks over their ancestral land were derecognised by the British.
- Owing to imposition of unreasonable taxes, the common people in the region too were not satisfied with the British officials. British officials also abolished a local currency system prevailing in the region which added to inconvenience of the masses.
- Paika rebellion broke out in the region under the leadership of Bakshi Jagabandhu. British were able to re-establish their authority in the region after numerous conflicts and casualties.
Virtual Museums To Be Set Up In 50 Places
While felicitating the family members of freedom fighters in Bhubaneswar, PM Modi highlighted the vital role of tribal communities during India’s struggle for independence.
- He announced that Government will set up virtual museums at 50 places in the country to display the valour and remember the contributions of tribal communities.
- These museums will help in spreading the knowledge of India’s rich history and will provide information about several people who laid sacrifices in realising the dream of Independent India. This initiative will create awareness among the present as well as future generation.
PM Modi was in Bhubaneswar on 15th and 16th April, 2017 to attend the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) two-day national executive meeting. He also visited and offered prayers at the famous 11th century Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar.