Bhubaneswar, January 3 (Localwire): Born on 3 January 1927 in a simple family, Janaki Ballabh Patnaik can be counted as one of the pillars of politics in Odisha.
The veteran political leader is also remembered for his great contribution in the field of literature, journalism and his vision to take Odisha to the next level.
He died in Tirupati at the age of 88 during his visit to attend the convocation ceremony of the Rashtriya Sanskrit University on 21 April 2015.
Here are 10 points about the veteran Congress leader and the man who served three times as the chief minister of Odisha.
1. He was born at Rameswar village of Khordha district in Odisha.
2. Patnaik did his schooling at Khurda High School, completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit from Utkal University in 1947, and Master’s degree from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 1949.
3. Patnaik married Jayanti Patnaik and the couple had three children: son Pruthvi Ballabh Patnaik and daughters Sudatta Patnaik and Supriya Patnaik.
4. He worked as the assistant editor with a local English daily, the Eastern Times, published from Bhubaneswar under the banner of the Prajatantra, and went on to become the editor of Prajatanta and the Eastern Times in 1952
5. In 1950, he became the president of Odisha state unit of the youth wing of Congress Party.
6. He became the Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, and Labour in 1980.
7. He was the founder of Odia magazine Paurush.
8. Patnaik served as chief minister of Odisha for 14 years after the then Congress Party chief Indira Gandhi chose him as the chief minister of the state in 1980.
He served the state as the chief minister until 1989, and formed the government again between 1995 and 1999, holding the record of serving as the CM for the longest time, before Naveen Patnaik.
He also served as the Governor of Assam from 27 November 2009 to 11 December 2014.
9. Patnaik is credited with starting the National Aluminium Co. (NALCO), India’s first aluminum manufacturer and introducing IT players like Infosys, Tech Mahindra to the software park in Bhubaneswar and that managed by OMFED.
10. He wrote several books and translated epics like Mahabharat, Ramayan, and Srimad Bhagavad Gita into Odia, and was also honoured with the Sahitya Akademi award for translating Bankim Chandra Chatterjee’s novels.