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Mangal Pandey

  • 12 Apr 2024
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Remembering legendary freedom fighter Mangal Pandey on his death anniversary.

Key Points

  • He was born on 19th July, 1827, in a town near Faizabad, what is now eastern Uttar Pradesh.
  • He joined the 34th Bengal Native Infantry of the British East India Company.
    • He revolted against the East India Company for introducing cartridges that were greased with animal fat as it hurt the religious sentiments of the soldiers.
    • Eventually, this movement of rebels reached other parts of India and which led to a mass revolt against the government.
    • The movement of protest and rebellion came to be known as the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, also known as the First War of Independence.
  • On 29th March, 1857, Pandey and his fellow sepoys rose up in rebellion against the British officers and even attempted to shoot them. As a result of this, he was executed on 8th April, 1857, in Barrackpore.
  • In October 1984, as a tribute to his efforts, the Government of India issued a postage stamp with his image.

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