Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said that the 1817 ‘Paika Bidroha’ would find a place in history books as the First War of Indian Independence.
The 1817 Paika rebellion took place four decades prior to the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the Centre to declare the rebellion as the First War of Indian Independence.
“Odisha’s Paika Bidroha will find a place as the First War of Independence in the 2018 history books and include details of the rebellion against the then British rule. Because, the country should learn factual history,” the Minister told at a function held in Bhubaneswar to commemorate 200 years of the rebellion.
He said it involved all sections of people and could not be a mere coincidence that the rebellion measured by its form as well as content provided a marvellous analogy with the subsequent freedom movement across the country and its outcome.
He said the Centre had allocated Rs 200 crore for the rebellion’s commemoration across the country. ALSO READ: Student exchange program between Bhubaneswar and US city Cupertino