Mangal Pandey 160th death anniversary: Here’s how Twitter paid tribute to the great Indian Martyr!
It’s April 8 today and the nation observes 160 years of Mangal Pandey’s martyrdom. Mangal Pandey was an Indian soldier (a sepoy or a sipahi) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment of the British East India Company. Widely regarded as a hero in India, Mangal Pandey led the First War of Indian Independence or the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. His life and the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 have been the subjects of several cinematic productions, the most famous of them being the Aamir Khan starrer, ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’ that released in 2005. Remembering this great mutiny, Indians have been paying tribute to the great Indian soldier- Mangal Pandey.
The contemporary British consider the Indian hero a traitor and a mutineer. The reason that triggered this mutiny was attributed to the introduction of cow and pig fat greased bullet cartridge used in the Enfield P-53 rifle. This conflicted with the religious sentiments of Hindu and Muslim soldiers as these cartridges had to be bitten off in order to remove the cover. With intentions to deliberately rile up the Indian soldiers, Mangal Pandey objected and thus led the mutiny that marked an opening stage in the Indian rebellion of 1857. Thereafter he faced a court martial; Mangal Pandey was sentenced to death by hanging. This attack by and punishment of Pandey led to a widespread angst amongst his fellow sepoys led to a general series of mutinies that broke out during the following months. Here are some of the tweets, in the memory of Mangal Pandey.
Remembering, a loyal soldier turned patriotic rebel, Mangal Pandey on his birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/c7AkSWnpqj
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) April 8, 2017
Tributes to Mangal Pandey on his 160th death anniversary, martyr of India’s First War of Independence. pic.twitter.com/hSRhME0hcg
— NSUI (@nsui) April 8, 2017
My tributes to a Great Patriot and Hero of India’s First War of Independence, Shri Mangal Pandey ji on his Punyathithi. pic.twitter.com/ffW9UKVZk1
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) April 8, 2017
Remembering two icons of India – Martyr of 1857 Mangal Pandey and Late writer Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay on their death anniversary. pic.twitter.com/9PmETsTDZC
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) April 8, 2017
My tributes to Mangal Pandey on the anniversary of his Martyrdom. pic.twitter.com/QAjIRULs2c
— Bharat Solanki (@BharatSolankee) April 8, 2017
Brahmin with balls
Pure raw courage in the face of death & destruction pic.twitter.com/RZUd3esxXw
— Swadeshi Vichar (@SV99999) April 8, 2017
Tributes to Mangal Pandey on his death anniversary who ignited the fight for freedom from British rule. pic.twitter.com/BVyqToO3SI
— Amitesh Kumar (@AmiteshK01) April 8, 2017
— Mukesh Rathwa (@mks_rathwa) April 8, 2017
Jai Hind Everyone. Have a blessed day. Today is death anniversary of Mr Mangal Pandey (19 Jul 1827 – 08 Apr 1857). pic.twitter.com/3S6hLt84Zx
— Chinmay Das (@cdas1711) April 8, 2017
Stamp issued by the government in honour of Freedom fighter “Mangal Pandey” pic.twitter.com/rUcuhTKsk7
— Mangal Pandey (@MaiHuPandeyji) April 8, 2017
Inspiring the first uprising in India, Mangal Pandey was a hero and the Indian government issued a postage stamp to commemorate him and a park named Shaheed Mangal Pandey Maha Udyan was built on the place where Pandey had attacked the British officers and was hanged at the Barrackpore road.