Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Odisha to attend the BJP national executive meet, felicitated the families of freedom fighters in Bhubaneswar today.
"Today, the history was recalled with pride. It is my honour to see the descendants of martyrs. Unfortunately, the long years of freedom movement was confined in few persons and specific period. We should recall the events and contribution of everyone who participated in the freedom struggle," said the Prime Minister.
Later, the Prime Minister took to Twitter to "write about the freedom fighters" and also shared photographs of the felicitated relatives of the martyrs.
These freedom fighters participated in the struggle for Independence against the colonial British rulers. Some of them took part in the famous Paika rebellion.
WHAT WAS PAIKA REBELLION?
Paika Rebellion was an armed rebellion under Bakshi Jagabandhu against the British East India Company's rule in Odisha in 1817. The freedom fighters were known as Paiks.
The Paiks served as warriors and undertook policing during peace-time. The Paika rebellion was brutally squashed by East India Company's forces.
"From the Paika warriors to Quit India, Odisha has a rich history of freedom fighters, who fiercely resisted colonialism," the Prime Minister said.
THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS NARENDRA MODI WANTS YOU TO KNOW:
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi named more than 15 freedom fighters and paid tributes to them. While some of the freedom fighters mentioned by the Prime Minister were part of the Paika rebellion, others fought the British at different points of time. Little is known about most of them.
"India will never forget these courageous freedom fighters, who lost their lives so that fellow Indians can breathe the air of freedom," said Narendra Modi.
Here are the freedom fighters mentioned by the Prime Minister:
#Jayee Rajguru: Talking about Jayee Rajguru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he resisted colonialism tooth and nail. "His leadership and valour will always be remembered," he said.
History books remember him as the first person to revolt against the British Raj in the provision.
#Bakshi Jagabandhu: He integrated people from all walks of life in the struggle against colonialism, Narendra Modi said.
Bakshi Jagabandhu was the commander of the forces of the king of Khordha, and widely regarded as one of the earliest freedom fighters of India.
The relatives of Laxmi Panda. Source: Twitter/@narendramodi
#Dinabandhu Samantaray Mohapatra: Narendra Modi described him as an accomplished warrior, who was responsible for protecting 12 forts. He was at the forefront in resisting the British.
#Dama Subudgi Mangaraj: He was an able organiser, said the Prime Minister. "He went village to village to mobilise people. He was punished by the British and died in jail," Narendra Modi said.
#Samant Madhab Chandra Routray: Narendra Modi described Routray as an expert at guerilla warfare. He was also known for "his care towards the poor and the needy".
#Pindiki Bahubalendra: "He was a fearless warrior, who battled the British at Cuttack and Puri" is how the Prime Minister described him. Bahubalendra was later arrested by British and martyred, said Narendra Modi.
Pindiki Bahubalendra was part of the Paika Rebellion in 1817.
#Krutibas Pattasani: "The courage of Krutibas Pattasani gave sleepless nights to the British. He even defeated the British at Banapur," the Prime Minister said.
Like Pindiki Bahubalendra, Pattasani too was part of the Paika Rebellion.
#Rindo Majhi: He created problems for the colonial forces at Kalahandi, and was eventually arrested and hanged, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The family of Bakshi Jagabandhu. Source: Twitter/@narendramodi
#Veer Surendra Sai: He fought the British from 1830s onward and his struggles continued up till 1864, when he was arrested, said the Prime Minister.
Surendra Sai eventually died in Asirgarh Jail in February 1884.
#Madho Singh: "He was determined to free India from imperialist powers. He lost his sons while battling the British," the Prime Minister said.
#Chakhi Khuntia: Describing Khuntia, Narendra Modi said, "A 'panda' at Puri, Chakhi Khuntia was drawn towards freeing India from colonialism. He worked closely with the army of Rani Laxmibai".
Khuntia was a priest at the Jagannath Temple in Puri and also a poet. He died in Puri in 1870.
#Chakara Bisoyee and Dora Bisoyee: Both fearlessly fought the British in Kandhamal, said the Prime Minister. "In that era, the prize for Chakara Bisoyee was Rs 10,000," Narendra Modi said.
#Raghunath Mohanty and Dibakar Parida: The Prime Minister described them as friends, who "fought the British in Ranpur in 1930". According to him, both were hanged in 1941.
#Laxman Nayak: "Laxman Nayak galvanised people during the Quit India movement. The British tried everything to break his morale but he remained firm," said Narendra Modi.
A civil rights activist, Nayak led a peaceful demonstration in front of a police station. He was hanged in Berhampur Jail.
#Laxmi Indira Panda: Of her, Narendra Modi said that she joined Subhash Chandrs Bose's Indian National Army and "was undeterred in the effort to ensure that India is freed from colonial rule".
Laxmi Panda died in 2008.
The relatives of Rindo Majhi. Source: @narendramodi