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In history, Today July 19 is observed as the birth anniversary of one of the greatest Indian soldier, Mangal Pandey. He was born in the year 1827 and was the sepoy in the Bengal Native Infantry’s 34th Regiment of the British East India Company.
Mangal Pandey was born in Nagwa village in the Balliya district of Uttar Pradesh on 19th July 1827. He was a soldier in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry of the British East India Company at the tender age of 18. His mutiny against British officers triggered the 1857 War of Independence. Pandey revolted against his officers on March 29, 1857, while stationed at Barrackpore in Bengal. Mangal Pandey revolted because of a new cartridge that reportedly contained fat from cow or pig meat and had to be bitten off before being loaded into the rifle. From a religious point of view, this was unacceptable for Hindus as well as Muslims.
He was described as a traitor and mutiny by the Britishers, but he was a hero in modern India. He attacked the British officers which set off the first war of Independence in India, Indian Mutiny, Great Rebellion or Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Mangal Pandey’s fearless and brave act was known to everyone all over the country and it also triggered a series of revolts. Also, there were around three lakh Indian soldiers in the British East India Company when the rebellion broke out.The revolt was started in 1857 when Bengal soldiers mutinied in Meerut and killed British officers and marched to Delhi. When they reached the capital, they declared Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar as their ruler.
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