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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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Again, the Prime Minister said "some people" felt ashamed of shouting "Bharat Mata ki Jai"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of aiding those who he said want to weaken the Indian Army and raising questions over the government and even the Supreme Court over Rafale fighter jets.

“Today, there are two camps in the country. One is the government that is trying to strengthen our Army. The other wants to weaken our Army at any cost,” Modi said, flagging off the 900th coach of Modern Rail Factory and a Humsafar Rake in Rae Bareli, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

“The country has been witnessing that the Congress stands by those powers who don’t want our armed forces to be strengthened,” he added, in an obvious reference to Sonia Gandhi’s son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has been accusing corruption in the Rafale jet deal with France.

The Prime Minister said the country was watching “such people” who he added were “getting support of countries pitted against India”.

“What is the reason that people in Pakistan clap when some of our leaders speak?”

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The Prime Minister pointedly accused the Congress of raising questions over the dignity of the Defence Ministry, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Force, France and the Supreme Court over the purchase of Rafale jet aircraft.

“Some people only accept lies and speak lies. For them the country’s Defence Ministry, Defence Minster and Air Force officers are liars. The French government is also a liar. Now, the country’s Supreme Court is also a liar for them.

“But truth does not need ‘shringaar’ and lies will always die. The country will never forgive the Congress over its attitude towards the Army.”

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Again, the Prime Minister said “some people” felt ashamed of shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

“What kind of people are they who do not care about the country? I know that they want to abuse Modi. They want to frame Modi for corruption. But I want to know why they have put the country’s pride at stake for this? Why is national security being put on stake?” (IANS)