Kendrapara, March 4 (LocalWire): Noted writer, historian, and freedom fighter – Prafulla Das from Rajkanika in Kendrapara district was remembered on the occasion of his 3rd death anniversary in a meeting at Kendrapara on Wednesday evening.
Das died at the age of 92 years on 3rd March 2018 at Rajkanika after a prolonged illness. Das got the prestigious Sarala award-2014 for his biography “Bahniman” featuring noted freedom fighter Malati Chaudhury.
Das, a bachelor, wrote many books on the history of the freedom struggle of India and Odisha. One of his famous books is Kalapani Angisikha (The flame of black water) based on the lives and struggle of the freedom fighters and revolutionaries in the Cellular jail in Port Blair.
Das also penned Angujugar Aahwan, Bharatara Sasastra Mukti Sangram (Armed struggle of Indian freedom fighters), Sahid Basu Bisnini (Martyr Basu Bisuni), Kanika Prajaandolan Itihas (History of the Peasants’ struggle in Kanika) Netaji Aao feri Nahanti (Netaji has not returned) Fashi Manchare Biplabi (Revolutionary in the gallows) and other books, said Abanti Behera, a noted writer, in the meeting.
“Prafulla Das was the only historian of the state who penned many books on the freedom struggle and the struggles of peasants against Rajas and Zamindars in Odisha. All his books are based on the lives of freedom fighters and revolutionaries. He was also a revolutionary,” said Randheer Jena, a social worker Kendrapada.
After independence, Das worked with Vinoba Bhave in the Bhoodan movement in the state. Later, he also joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the 1970s. Later, he left the party in the 1990s, said Zaid Khan, a writer.