Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday paid tribute to Shaheed Mangal Pandey on his 192nd birth anniversary.
Describing the revolutionary freedom fighter as the one who “ignited the spark of nationalism and inspired millions of freedom fighters from across the country”, the Chief Minister took to Twitter to pay humble tributes to the Shaheed.
Humble tributes to revolutionary freedom fighter Shaheed #MangalPandey on his birth anniversary. He ignited the spark of nationalism and inspired millions of freedom fighters from across the country. His valour and devotion to motherland will inspire generations to come. pic.twitter.com/bJzW8ULLvw
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 19, 2019
July 19 is observed as birth anniversary of one of the greatest Indian soldier, Mangal Pandey. He was born in the year 1827 and was the sepoy in the Bengal Native Infantry’s 34th Regiment of the British East India Company.
He was described as a traitor and mutiny by the Britishers, but he was a hero in modern India. He attacked the British officers which set off the first war of Independence in India, Indian Mutiny, Great Rebellion or Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
Mangal Pandey revolted because of a new cartridge that reportedly contained fat from cow or pig meat and had to be bitten off before being loaded into the rifle. From a religious point of view, this was unacceptable for Hindus as well as Muslims.
Pandey revolted against his officers on March 29, 1857, while stationed at Barrackpore in Bengal. His mutiny against British officers triggered the 1857 War of Independence.
Bengal soldiers mutinied in Meerut and killed British officers and marched to Delhi. When they reached the capital, they declared Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar as their ruler.
However, the movement was called off as it did not have proper leadership on June 20, 1858. Mangal Pandey was hanged on April 8, 1856, that was ten days before the scheduled execution date fearing more outbreaks in future.