Kendrapara, Oct 16 (LocalWire): Noted freedom fighter and communist leader Arjun Behera of village Tikhiri in Kendrapara district’s biography “Arya Putra” revealed many unknown facts about the freedom movement, land rights movement, farmers movement and communist movement during the Raj period and after independence in the coastal districts of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and other areas of the state.
The book was released in a function at Kendrapara on Thursday.
Behera participated in the Quit India movement in 1942. He also fought against the despot landlord of Kujang and Kanika of Kendrapara district during the British rule.
After Independence, Behera and others also fought around a decade against the landlord of Kujang and organized tenants to acquire the lands of the landlord. He joined the Communist Party of India in 1945 and was a member of CPI till his death at the age of 92 two years back.
Niranjan Mekap, the writer of the book vividly described the tyranny of British people during the Raj period in his book.
Arjun, along with Communist leader Lokanath Chaudhury, Ramakrushna Pati, Gangadhar Paikray and other leaders expanded the communist party base in certain pockets of the state.
The landlords of Kujang in a clear nexus with British were exploiting the tenants for which, under the leadership of Behera, large numbers of tenants fought against the Britishers and landlords.
The author of the biography mentioned that Communist Party of India was the main opposition party in 1952 in the parliament.
During the rule of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, the CPI occupied a political space disproportionate to its electoral strength, despite a vertical split in 1964.
The Left continued to expand their space till 2005. But the left movement started declining later due to many reasons.
“The history of the freedom and left movement in Odisha will remain incomplete without the mention of the role of Arjun Behera,” said Nandakishor Parida, the former principal of Kendrapada college.
Noted writer Baishab Charan Samal, Dr Debendra Nath Behera, former principal of Kendrapada college Ajay Samal and others spoke on the occasion.