Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid floral tribute to Padma Bhushan Pandit Nilakantha Das on the occasion of his 134th birth anniversary at the State Assembly on Sunday.
Patnaik said the contributions of Pandit Das, one of the comrades of ‘Panchasakha’ of ‘Satyabadi Era’, in the field of Odia language and literature is unparalleled.
Among others, Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat, Deputy Speaker Sananda Marandi, SC and ST Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi and BJD chief whip Amar Satpathy also paid tributes to Pandit Das on the occasion.
Pandit Das was born on August 5, 1884, in Sri Ramchandrapur village of Puri District. He was an orator, politician, social reformer and patriot.
He was awarded an M. Phil. Degree by the University of Calcutta. He was conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 1960. He denied a lucrative job under British Government and worked as a headmaster of Satyabadi High School. His speeches inspired the young generation to fight against the British Rule and other social evils. He died on November 6, 1967.
In 1951, he was elected to State Legislative Assembly from ‘Swadhin Jana Sangha’ a new party. In 1955, as per request of Jawaharlal Nehru he joined Congress. He was re-elected in 1957 from Congress.