Veteran freedom fighter Sumitra Choudhuri passes away


Cuttack: Veteran freedom fighter and Rama Devi’s daughter-in-law, Sumitra Choudhuri passed away at her residence in Cuttack on Sunday.

She was 96. Reportedly, her funeral rites will be performed in Cuttack tomorrow.

Notably, the Sarvodaya leader from Odisha had married to Manmohan Choudhuri. While she was close to Mahatma Gandhi, she had also participated in the Sarvodaya movement called by Gandhi for rural construction and uplifting people in rural India.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief at the passing away of veteran Sarvodaya leader Sumitra Choudhry and described her as a true Gandhian who had dedicated her entire life for spreading Gandhian values and upliftment of women.

Considering her death to be a great loss for Odisha, Patnaik stated that the state lost a great woman and a dedicated social worker. The Chief Minister also conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Sarvodaya is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘universal uplift’ or ‘progress of all’. The term was used by Mahatma Gandhi as the title of his 1908 translation of John Ruskin’s tract on political economy, Unto This Last, and Gandhi came to use the term for the ideal of his own political philosophy.

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