TNPSC Current Affairs July 2017
The President of India Shri Pranab Mukharjee, has inaugurated the 200th anniversary celebration of the heroic Paika Rebellion of Odisha, a valiant uprising of Paikas against the British rule.
- Paikas were peasant militias of the Gajapti rulers of Odisha.
- Paikas rendered military service to the king during war and taking up cultivation during peace times.
- Under Baxi Jagandhu Bidyadhara , paikas unfurled the banner of rebellion against the British rule in 1817 .
- After 2 years of rebellion, they were finally suppressed by British in 1919. Baxi Jagabandhu was finally arrested in 1825and died in captivity in 1829.
- Many historians have opined that the Paika Rebellion of 1817 was India’s first organized armed rebellion against British Raj