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Surendra Sai’s war against the British

Surendra Sai was an Indian freedom fighter who sacrificed his life fighting against the British and died in obscurity.

The role of Veer Surendra Sai in the resistance movement of Sambalpur against the British colonialism is a landmark in the history of freedom movement of Orissa (Odisha). The achievements of Surendra Sai and his uncommon heroism for the safety of the tribal people of Sambalpur have few parallels in the history of India.

Surendra Sai was a born rebel and an uncompromising enemy of the British Authority. Surendra Sai popularly known as Surendra, was born in the Chauhan family of Rajpur-Khinda. His father Dharam Singh was a descendant of Aniruddha Sai, son of Madhukara Sai, the fourth Chauhan Raja of Sambalpur. The member of this Sai family demanded the throne, being the next to the main line of Sambalpur after the demise of Maharaja Sai in 1827 AD.

Surendra Sai and his associates Madho Singh, Kunjal Singh, Airi Singh, Bairi Sing, Uddant Sai, Ujjal Sai, Khageswar Dao, Salegram Bariha, Govind Singh, Pahar Singh, Rajee Ghasia, Kamal Singh, Hati Singh, Salik Ram Bariha, Loknath Panda/Gadtia, Mrutunjaya Panigrahi, Jagabandu Hota, Padmanave Guru, Trilochan Panigrahi and many others resisted the British and successfully protected most parts of Western Odisha region for some time from the British rule. Most of them died unnoticed fighting for freedom from the British. Many of them were hanged by the British; a few died in the Cellular Jail in the Andamans. Surendra Sai himself died in Asirgarh Jail on 28 February 1884.

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  1. The author perhaps Has not made thorough study about Kalnga History, He should read some proud victories of Maharaj Kharavela who won many battles , Threw thew greek king who was relative of mayurya empire from India and finally took the revenge from Magadh For the brutal Kalinga war by forcing the Magadh King Brihaspati Mitra to surrender in the year 185 BC.

    • My dear deepak we know kalinga history is so reach but kharabela was many years after of ashoka. When kharabela was came he knew the story of kalinga war. Then he was took Acton on magadha and won magadha.

  2. Dera sansad as of you told thats right but kalings soldiers are more warrier than magadh when ashok fought with kaling army they realize that and it will mention in Ashokvandana as well , kalinga defeat bcz magadh was huge army and measure state like takhasila and ujjaini and dudhidhara (present state rajasthan) all are supported magadh due to magadh ruled over them since chandragupta mouray.read the history .
    And kharvela was the most bravery warrier after ashok who took the revenge of Magadh war.

  3. Ashok’s hired historians and writers created the script inscribed in Dhauli, logically they elevated the number of killed Kalinga soldiers for obvious reasons. The false story of chandashok to dharmashok and the transcendence from brutal warrior to a buddhist was utterly a false story. He was severely criticized by his own people for so much brutality and bloodshed, then he had to show saintly acts like sending his son & daughter to far countries to expand Bhuddha’s philosophy but the change was only political. That rascal was not worthy of being called a King, he was just a drunken murdered with a large army, just like the other one: The bastard Alex-fucking -xander. He was just the indian version of alexander. However, very few people know that Kharabela had a bigger kingdom than Ashok, not by conquoring them but by rescuing the small kingdoms from greek invaders, afghans and magadhas upon their invitation only. Then the rescued small kingdoms voluntarily declare Kharbela as their Samrat, like this his kingdom grew. He defeated Bruhaspatimitra of Magadha and brought back Kalinga-Jina and Kalinga’s glory was back. Only one research based historic novel available to us about Kharabela is “Kharabela” written by historian Dr. Nrusinha Ch. Panda. No one have ever studied Kharbela so deep and upon facts than him. Logically again unlike Ashok, Kharbela did not hired historians to write legends on him. Kharbela was a true King in spirit. He was a great artist too, Inventor of Odishi dance, song. Also he gave all equal rights to women and men. He first started sea trade to promote business and strengthen economy, gave more priority to private and small businesses than state owned enterprises that created competition, he invited foreign traders so the inter-state trade grew. donated huge money after drought and femine in Kalinga.

    Do hell with Ass-hok!!! Jai Kharabela, Long live Kalinga!!!!

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