Kendrapara Jan 27 (LocalWire): Glowing tributes were paid on Sunday to the renowned poet and freedom fighter, Ananda Jena at a large meeting to mark his 73rd death anniversary.
The gathering also offered floral tributes to the freedom fighter by garlanding the statue of Jena erected here.
Addressing the meeting, Prof. Nanda Kishor Parida the ex-principal of Kendrapada College recalled Jena’s role and contribution in the freedom struggle.
“Jena was a stromg revolutionary who fought against the tyranny of Raja of Kanika during British Raj. His heroic work was totally ignored by the government, till 19 years back, some persons of Kendrapara took an avid interest and helped in restoring Jena’s memory to the pride of place it deserves. They installed a statue of noted freedom fighter in Kendrapada town to remember his sacrifice”, said Parida.
History of freedom movement in Odisha will remain incomplete without the mention of the militant struggle of the peasants in Kanika.
Large number of exploited peasants led by Jena, fought against the British and the despot King of RajKanika who had imposed 64 different taxes, till their last breath.
For this act, Jena was dismissed from his service from Kendrapada Local Board for participating in the Indian freedom movement and writing a poem “Dukhini Kanika”.
Later, Jena spent two years with Gandhiji at Sarabati Ashram in Ahmedabad, said Prof. Ajaya Samal the former principal of Tulasi Women’s College at Kendrapara.
The meeting was also addressed by Gayadhar Dhal, Kendrapada block chairman Anmabandhu Dhal, Bhajakrushna Rout and others.