New Delhi, Jan 26 (LocalWire) On the occasion of India’s 71 st Republic Day, let us pay our tribute to those great Odias who were a part of the Constituent Assembly in making of the constitution. Here are some names.
Biswanath Das was born on 8th March 1889 at Belgan village in Ganjam District of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, which is in the state of Odisha.
He was a politician, lawyer and philanthropist from Odisha.
He was the Prime Minister of Odisha Province of British India from 1937–39, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 1962–67 and later the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1971–72.
He was a part of the Indian Independence Movement and was a member of the legislative council of the Madras Province. He became a member of the Constituent Assembly of India in 1946 representing Orissa.
He was instrumental in the creation of a separate state for the Odia-speaking people.
Krushna Chandra Gajapati
Krushna Chandra Gajapati was born in 26 April 1892 to Goura Chandra Gajapati and Radhamani Devi of the Ganga Dynasty in Parlakhemundi.
He was an eminent member of the Utkal Sammilani, a movement that demanded a separate Odisha state with an amalgamation of Oriya speaking areas in the then Orissa-Bihar-Bengal province.
He was the first Prime Minister of Odisha. He has set up many hospitals, schools, colleges like the SCB Medical College in Cuttack, Central Rice Research Institute in Bidyadharpur, Cuttack and later, MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur.
He has also helped in setting up various industrial institutions, modern agricultural farms and provided a record number of 1281 irrigation sagars or water-tanks in his agriculturally dominant native taluk.
During his time, Ganjam district came to be known as the rice- bowl of Odisha.
Harekrushna Mahatab was born on 21 November 1899 at Agarpada village in Bhadrak district of Odisha.
He was a leader of the Indian National Congress and a notable figure in the Indian independence movement.
He was a part of the Salt Satyagraha led by Gandhi and also participated in the movement against untouchability in 1934 and opened his ancestral temple to all for the first time in Odisha.
Mahatab was the first Chief Minister of Odisha from 23 April 1946 to 12 May 1950.
During his tenure, he played a significant role in the merger and integration of the former princely states, shifting of the capital from Cuttack to Bhubaneshwar and the sanction and construction of the multi-purpose Hirakud Dam Project.
Dr. Laxmi Narayan Sahu
Dr. Laxminarayan Sahu was born on 3rd October 1890 in Manikhamba, Balasore. He was an eminent and noted writer, poet, journalist, social worker, reformer, historian and politician. He has written in Hindi language, Bengali, English and Sanskrit.
Loknath Mishra was born on 21 November 1922 into an Odia Brahmin family. His father Godabarish Misra was a poet and socialist leader and a follower of the Gandhian ideology.
He was the Governor of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. He believed that the right to propagate one’s religion should not be made a fundamental right.