Mangal Pandey 160th death anniversary: Here’s how Twitter paid tribute to the great Indian Martyr!

Nirupama Chaudhary
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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. Remembering this great mutiny, Indians have been paying tribute to the great Indian soldier- Mangal Pandey.

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.











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.