State

Odisha Pays Tribute To Utkalmani Goabandhu Das On His 138th Birth Anniversary

Bhubaneswar, October 9: Odisha paid tribute to Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das on his138th birthday today.

Numbers of programmes were arranged across the State to pay tribute to the great freedom fighter, poet, philosopher and social activist.

CM Naveen Pattnaik today paid floral tribute to the statue of Gopabandhu established in the premises of the State Assembly here. CM Naveen Pattnaik was accompanied by the Speaker and Cultural Minister.

Various oraganisations and political parties including BJP, Congress, Samajwadi Party and NGOs have recognised the birth anniversary of Gopabandhu Das.

Born on 9 October 1877 to Swarnamayee Devi and Daitari Das in Suando Village, near Puri, Odisha, Gopabandhu was a 'Man of the Masses'. He always worked for the poor and downtrodden and even did not bother about his own family for the sake of the nation.

Even when his own son was suffering from serious illness, he went to serve the people of flood-affected areas. He said, "there were many people to take care of my son, but if I did not go, who would look after these poor people?" His son died, but he was serving hundreds of others to bring smile to their faces despite the pain and agony in his life.

Pt. Gopabandhu was a member of Utkal Samilani from 1903 to 1921. He was elected President in the year of 1919. He was a renowned Poet and Writer. 'Kara Kabita', 'Dharmapada', 'Bandi Ra Atma Katha' are some his legendary poetry works.

Gopabandhu was the first leader of Odisha to organise the Odisha Provincial Committee. He became the first president of the Congress party in Odisha and brought Gandhiji to Odisha in 1921 to further the cause of Non-Cooperation Movement.

He was instrumental in making Odia journalism suitable for the common man. He published a monthly magazine called Satyabadi in 1914. Later on 4 October 1919, the auspicious day of Vijayadsahami he started the weekly newspaper The Samaj, which became the most popular daily news paper of Odisha. 

Gopabandhu fell ill while attending a fund raising ceremony in Lahore for the flood victims of Odisha, after which he never recovered. He died of prolonged illness on 17 July 1928.

Minister Pratap Jena to visit Jaga-Kalia tomorrow with a medical team from Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Pratap Jena, Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Law, I&PR, Odisha will visit New Delhi AIIMS tomorrow to have discussions with th...

Puri SP assures action against eve teasers of actress Mahika Sharma

Puri: The Puri SP on Thursday asked Mumbai based TV actress Mahika Sharma for details of the ordeal she faced during her visit to Puri following her c...

Baijayant Panda

Bhubaneswar: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today informed that former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda's resignation from the Lower House was accepte...

Minor Girl Commits Suicide Over Family Disturbance

Cuttack: A minor girl was found hanging from the ceiling of her house under Tangi police limits in the district late last night.The family belonged to...