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Paika War of Odisha (1817)

It was the first rebellion of the paika (soldiers of Orissa) with the support of common people against the British Rule. The land revenue policy of the British was the primary cause of the rebellion in 1817.

The rent free land tenures provided to the soldiers for their military service on a hereditary basis were taken away in the settlement by Major Fletcher as their service were not required anymore. This policy resulted in the deprivation of Bakshi Jagabandhu from his estates and forced him to depend on the voluntary contributions from the people of Khurda. This policy also affected thezamindars as well as ryots. Another important cause for that great event was the raise in salt price.

As a result, Bakshi Jagabandhu led the tribals of Banapur and Ghumsur and bravely marched towards Khurda to fight against colonial power. The rebellion received extensive support from the common people. Even the Kandhas of Banapur became successful in their revolutionary activities. The rebellion was expanded throughout the state and continued for a quite long time. However, the less number of paika were unable to defend the well equipped British counterpart and receded back to the jungles. In this operation bands of paika were hunted down and many were brutally murdered.

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4 COMMENTS

  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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