Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind who is on a two-day visit to Odisha laid the foundation stone for Paika Rebellion Memorial at Barunei Hill in Khurda on Sunday.
Kovind this morning arrived at Barunei in a special chopper of the Indian Air Force. Later, he laid the foundation stone of Paika Rebellion Memorial to commemorate the 200 years of the uprising of the ‘Paikas’.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union MoS for Tourism & Culture Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi and Odisha Tourism & Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi were present on the occasion.
The Paika Rebellion is also called the Paika Bidroha. It was an armed rebellion against the British East India Company’s rule in Odisha in 1817. The Paikas rose in rebellion under their leader Bakshi Jagabandhu and, projecting Jagannath as the symbol of Odia unity, the rebellion quickly spread across most of Odisha before being ruthlessly put down by the company’s forces. It’s the first war of Independence that started in 1817 much before the sepoy mutiny of 1857.
The Odisha Government has provided 10 acres of land for the establishment of the memorial on Barunei foothills. Besides, the Centre had also allocated special provision in the Union Budget to commemorate 200 years of Paika Rebellion, the first organised armed rebellion against the British East India Company’s rule in the country.