The 200th anniversary celebrations of the Paika Rebellion of Odisha

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.

About Paika’s

  • 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

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