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Bhubaneshwar, April 16, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated virtual museums would be opened at 50 places in the country to accentuate the “significant” role of the tribals in the freedom struggle.

Felicitating family members of 16 freedom fighters, who fought in the 1817 Paika rebellion in Odisha against the British rule, Modi stated, “Unfortunately, the history of freedom struggle was restricted to a few families, years and a few incidents. It was a massive peoples movement for many years and the present generation must know about it.”

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Applauding the role of tribals in the war of independence as “significant”, the Prime Minister stated in order to recreate and remember their contributions, steps were being taken to have virtual museums at 50 places in the country.

The government seeks to exhibit the sacrifices made by the tribal communities in the country’s freedom struggle to the present and future generations , he stated at a function organised at the Raj Bhavan here.

As several events took place for many years of the freedom struggle, it is imperative to remember all such events, he stated.

Noting that the contribution made by the people of Odisha was vital, Modi stated the glorious chapters of history serve as inspiration and people should identify themselves with the past.

History plays an indispensable role in fulfilment of dreams in the journey of human life, he stated.

Reminiscing and knowing about the lives of those who made supreme sacrifice for the country is important, the prime minister said after revering the family members of the freedom fighters with shawls and citation.

“It is a proud moment for me to remember the sacrifices made by the martyrs. I am fortunate to meet their family members,” said Modi while elaborating the Paika rebellion as one of the major historical events that took place in the war of independence.

Modi honoured the family members of freedom fighters – Jayee Rajguru, Buxi Jagabandhu, Samant Madhab Chandra Routray, Pindiki Bahubalendra, Krutibas Patsani, Dama Subudhi Mangaraj, Chakra Bisoyee, Rendo Majhi, Veer Surendra Sai, Chakhi Khuntia, Madho Singh, Raghunath Mohanty, Dibakar Parida, Laxman Nayak, Laxmi Indira Panda and Dinabandhu Samantray Mohapatra.

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The Paikas were the traditional landed militia of Odisha and in 1817, Paikas of Khurda and other parts of the state had been vocal against the British rule and waged a war against them.

The Paikas were led by Bakshi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar, the erstwhile bakshi or commander of the forces of the king of Khurda.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

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Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

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While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS