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Not a mere sepoy; Mangal Pandey was the man who sparked off the great rebellion of 1857

Mangal Pandey was the man who sparked off the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Here’s what you need to know about the great ‘sepoy’ when we celebrate the 161th anniversary of the great rebellion of 1857

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One of the most inspiring figures in the Indian independence movement and widely known as the man behind the great rebellion of 1857, Mangal Pandey became a symbol of India’s rage against the British.

Pandey was a sepoy (soldier) with the 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of the infamous British East India Company. A hero for the Indian masses, he successfully played a crucial role in the unrest that resulted in the rebellion of 1857, which became a turning point in India’s struggle for independence.

The unrest against the British East Company turned intense when they had come up with the norm of using cartridges that made up of cow and pig fat. This was something unacceptable for both the Hindus and Muslims for religious reasons. Mangal Pandey was working at the Bengal Infantry in Barrackpore then.

The protests had no result. Finally Mangal Pandey decided to challenge the British with the arms in his hands. Mangal Pandey had succeeded in gaining the support of Indian soldiers against the inhuman actions of the British East India Company’s army.

Savarkar’s work, The Indian War of Independence, 1857, had become a sacred book for the nationalists across India to lead their struggle against the invaders

On March 29, 1857 Pandey dared to fire Lieutenant Baugh, the Adjutant of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry, but he missed the shot. The valiant effort by Pandey had paved the way for Sepoy Mutiny, and he was sentenced to death bu the British.

Pandey was hanged on April 8, 1857 by the British. In 1909, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar published a book named The Indian War of Independence, 1857, which celebrated the sacrifice of Mangal Pandey and the Sepoy Mutiny as two path-breaking events to inspire the revolutionary movements in India. Savarkar’s work had become a sacred book for the nationalists across India to lead their struggle against the invaders.

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He made it clear that India has improved a lot in ease of doing business, trying to make life easy for the citizens. Modi also stressed on the transition of India’s economy form an informal level to a formal one with the support of his pet projects like digital India and GST (Goods and Services Tax).

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Acharya M R Rajesh to be conferred with Mahashay Dharampal International Vedic Award

Acharya M R Rajesh has been spearheading a unique movement of democratising the Vedas for the last 15 years

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Eminent Vedic scholar Acharya M R Rajesh has been elected for the Mahashay Dharampal International Vedic Award, instituted by International Arya Sammelan, New Delhi.

Acharya Rajesh, the founder of Kasyap Ashram which is based in Kozhikode, Kerala, has been spearheading a movement of democratising the Vedas for the last 15 years.

An ardent follower of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, Acharya Rajesh has taken the Vedas to the masses

Under his leadership, Kasyap Ashram is conducting Vedic classes to all irrespective of caste, religion, age or gender.

An ardent follower of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj, Acharya Rajesh has taken the Vedas to the masses, encouraging the common man to absorb the ideals of Sanatana dharma in their daily life.

Mahashay Dharampal International Vedic Award is instituted to those who have devoted their lives to spread the message of the Vedas in society.

Acharya Rajesh has also published around 40 books in both Malayalam and English which includes the English translation of the Atharva Veda. The award will be presented to him at the International Arya Sammelan on October 27, 2018.

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