19 July, Bhubaneswar
Odisha government Tuesday decided to celebrate the completion of 200years of revolt of Paika’s in Odisha against the British empire, this year by organizing a series ofevents both in state and in national levels.
Long before the 1857 Sepoy mutiny, the Paikas in Odisha have revolted against the Britishempire in 1817. The decision was taken at a high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief SecretaryA P Padhi here.
The meeting decided to educate the Odia girls about the tricks of Paika akhada (a form of self defence) and honour the best performing girls with Sukha dei award. A decision was also taken to organise a national seminar at Delhi ,set up a light and sound gallery in the state museum and to conserve old documents relating to Paika revolt in the state archive. The meeting decided to set up an Amar Jyoti pillar at Barunei and organize an exhibition onthe foothills of Barunei hills, the centre of activity of the Paikas during the revolt.
A decision was taken to prepare documentation of the revolt based on research and historic data, organise Kabi sammelanis, meetings, essay, drawing and debate competitions among the students to educate them about the glorious historic deeds of the brave warriors of Odisha. The meeting also decided to conserve and protect the Khorda fort and develop the road leading to the fort.
A work schedule for the implementations of all the decisions taken at the meeting would be prepared within the next eight to 10 days, sources here said.BM