A unique park at Anjanapura village in Shivamogga district is now dedicated to the lives of farmers in the Malnad region who staged the 'Issur uprising' against the British and carved the village's name in history as the first to declare independence in colonial India.
#WATCH | Karnataka: A unique park at Anjanapura village in Shivamogga district is dedicated to lives of farmers in the Malnad region at the time of Issuru uprising, during British rule, and their contribution to the freedom struggle. pic.twitter.com/HOX5GMBCUJ— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2021
Issur became the first village in colonial India to declare its own independence. | ANI
The village became the first to set up a provisional government “prati sarkaar” in 1942| ANI
The villagers of Issur refused to pay taxes to the British and also snatched and destroyed important revenue documents.| ANI
The village of Issur lies in the Shivamogga district in South Karnataka. It is credited as the first village in pre-independent India to have declared its own independence.
According to Yourstory, the village became the first to set up a provisional government “prati sarkaar” in 1942 and even penalised British officials who disobeyed their orders and entered the village.
During the British rule, the villagers of Issur refused to pay taxes to the government and also snatched and destroyed important revenue documents. They also referred to the British officals as ‘English Dogs’.
However, after the situation got out of control and two British officers were killed the government had to send in the army to suppress the rebellion.
Several raids were then carried out by the administration in the village and five men were sentenced to death.
On hearing the news of Issur’s rebellion, the Mysore Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wodeyer told the British, "We’ll give you many villages but not Issuru.” The rest, as they say, is history.
Earlier in 2019, a park was constructed in Shivamogga district to commemorate the martyrs of 1999 Kargil War.
A park constructed to commemorate the martyrs of 1999 Kargil War| ANI
The park lies in Shivamogga district | ANI
The construction of the park was completed within 15 days| ANI
It was inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war.| ANI
The construction of the park was completed within 15 days and it was inaugurated on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war.
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