Bhubaneswar, November 26 (LocalWire): Odisha, along with the rest of the states celebrated the country’s 70th Constitution Day on Tuesday.
As you are aware, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution on 26 November 1949, giving the citizens of newly-born India its fundamental rights and duties and paving the way for governance in the country.
The work of the Constituent Assembly of India and the framing the constitution has been described by American constitutional expert Granville Austin as the world’s second most significant event in the history of constitution-making, after the Philadelphia convention of 1777.
It’s a fitting occasion to pay tributes towards the seminal contributions of Odia statesmen who were the members of the constituent assembly, the team that drafted India’s Constitution.
Overall, 14 Odias figured in the august constituent assembly which had in total 299 members.
These distinguished group of Odias, not only had a significant role to play in the pre-independent India, fighting for their right to freedom, they were truly the founders of the post-independence modern India.
The group includes, Bichitranand Das, Sarangadhar Das, Lal Mohan Pati, Yudhistir Mishra, Malati Choudhury, N Madhaba Rao, Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo, Harekrushna Mahatab, Laxminarayan Sahu, Loknath Misra, Nandakishore Das, Santanu Kumar Das and Raja Krushna Bose.
The 299-member constituent assembly included 15 women, including Malati Choudhury, one of the woman freedom fighters from the state.
However, Choudhury later resigned from the Constituent Assembly, since she wanted to join to Mahatma Gandhi in the Pada Yatra for restoring communal harmony in the post-partition India.
Of the 14 distinguished Odias, Harekrushna Mahatab had donned the mantle of the chief minister of Odisha from 1946 to 1950, and again from 1956 to 1961.
He had also served as the governor of the then Bombay province.