Mangal Pandey – The candle that enlightened the India’s lamp of freedom
Mangal Pandey is a candle that enlightened the lamp of India’s freedom fight. He is a golden crown of mother India. The voice of every Indian. He may not be present in this world today but he is alive in the spirit of every Indian. Mangal Pandey famous for his revel in 1857 was a sepoy in 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of British East India Company. He was born in a Brahmin family on 19 July 1827 in Nagwa, Uttar Pradesh. In the year 1849, he joined the Bengal Army as his keen interest and passion. He was an Indian soldier who played a key role in the outbreak of Indian rebellion of 1857. The war is termed as the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
He became a private soldier in the 5th Company of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of East India Company. He was excited and passionate for his military career and considered it as a stepping stone for further professional success in future. There were many other Brahmin young men with Pandey.
On 29th March 1857, Mangal Pandey and few of his regiment men were in an excited state with all the weapons ready to shoot the first European he had an eye on. He attacked and injured British sergeant and wounded the adjutant. One of his native soldiers prevented him from killing the adjutant the major sergeant. Pandey was arrested and was sentenced to death on 8th April 1857 for his attack on the British officers.
The reason for Mangal Pandey’s such behavior was because the rumor had spread that the bullet cartridge used in the Enfield P53 rifle was greased with animal fat, which was not consumed by Hindus or Muslims. It was said that the Britishers did it intentionally. This incident was believed to have provoked all other Indian soldiers across the nation which led to a series of revolts in the whole nation.
His execution on 18 April but was preponed 10 days prior as the British Officers feared for the outbreak of a bigger war because some reports said that Pandey was not completely in his conscious of his actions. He is considered as a great contributor in India’s Independence. Government also issued a postage stamp in honor of his work.
It’s a good opportunity for us to remember him and salute his contributions in India’s Independence. He marks himself as a best example in fighting for the right thing instead of supporting a wrong and bad things happening around you.
Written By: Priyanka Kammar
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