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Odisha government has made up its mind to spend an estimated Rs 50 crore Reestablishing its claim that 1817 Paika rebellion was the first war of independence

Bhubaneswar:26/9/17: Reestablishing its claim that 1817 Paika rebellion was the first war of independence, the Odisha government has made up its mind to spend an estimated Rs 50 crore for preserving memories of the momentous event on the occasion of its bicentenary.

Announcing this here today,  Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said oil-paintings on the Paika Rebellion will be drawn at the State Museum here and wall panting will be sketched in Khurdha and Barunei.

This apart, a Paika Park Market Complex will be inaugurated in Khurdha town, Panda said adding, Rs 8 crore will be spent on establishment of a Paika Smruti Bhavan.

The state government has been claiming that Paika rebellion was the first war of independence in 1817. Paikas were the peasant militias of the Gajapati rulers of Odisha who rendered military service to the king during times of war while taking up cultivation during peace.

Paikas unfurled the banner of rebellion against the British under the leadership of Baxi Jagandhu Bidyadhara as early as 1817.

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