Paika Rebellion, popularly known as ‘Paika Bidroha’ in Odia takes us to 1817 in the Indian history. This rebellion which started in the kingdom of the then Khordha by the Paikas (warriors of King of Khordha) later spread to different parts of the British ruled Odishan geography.
The ‘Sepoy Mutiny’, took place in 1857 is widely discussed as ‘the first war of Indian independence’. However ‘Paika Bidroha’ buzzed 40 years before that.
While 200 years of Paika Bidroha is being observed by both Govt. of Odisha and the Union Government, Prof. Pritish Acharya, renowned historian from Odisha discussed extensively on the subject with reference to Indian Independence struggle of that particular era.
(Digital Media source: OdishaLIVE)