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‘Paika Bidroha’ to be named as 1st War of Independence

Published on October 25, 2017
The ‘Paika Bidroha’ (Paika rebellion) of 1817 will be renamed  in the history books as ‘the First War of Independence’


  • The renamed edition of the books will be added from next year.
  • The decision is taken to mark the bicentenary of the Paika rebellion, and added that the Centre has allocated Rs. 200 crore for commemorating it across the country.
  • “Paika Bidroha will find a place as the First War of Independence against the British Rule in the history books
  • Paikas were peasant militia under the Gajapati rulers of Odisha who rendered military service to the king during times of war. 
  • They rebelled against the British rule under the leadership of Bakshi Jagabandhu Bidyadhara as early as 1817.


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