Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second consecutive day in Odisha went on gaining good wishes from the people.
Mr.Modi, a matured and intelligent politician as he is known, also succeeded in his bid even when felicitating the family members of the noted Freedom Fighters whose role mostly remained unknown to the people.
While meeting family members of Buxi Jagabandhu, a great warrior of yesteryears, the Prime Minister asked Upasana (daughter of Lulu Mohapatra and great granddaughter of Buxi) “kya padahi ho rahi hai beti”.
Upasana, clad in a sky colour dress was all happy and spoke about her career and studies in Mumbai. It was a rare experience for the little girl when Modi addressed her as “Beti.”
While addressing the gathering, Mr.Modi said Odisha played a key role in the freedom struggle of the country. He felicitated family members of 16 Freedom Fighters who waged an armed rebellion against the British rulers in the State in 1817, considered as the first mutiny against British rule.
The family members of freedom fighters Jayee Rajguru, Buxi Jagabandhu, Samanta Madhab Chandra Routray, Pindiki Bahu Balendra, Krutibas Patsani, Dama Subudhi Mangaraj, Chakara Bisoi, Rendo Majhi, Veer Surendra Sai, Chaki Khuntia, Madho Singh, Raghunath Mohanty, Dibakar Parida, Laxman Naik, Laxmi Indira Panda, Dinabandhu Samntray Mohapatra, were felicitated by the Prime Minister at Raj Bhavan.
“It is a proud moment for me to remember the sacrifices made by the martyrs and fortunate meet their family members,” said Mr.Modi.
Mr.Modi also termed the Paika revolt as one of the major historical event of the freedom struggle.
The Paikas were the traditional landed militia of Odisha and in the year 1817, Paikas of Khurda and other parts raised their strong voice against mighty Britishers and a rebellion ensued.
Prime Minister Mr.Modi who is here in Bhubaneswar offered obeisance to Lord Lingaraj.