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Naveen Pays Tribute to Biju Patnaik on His Death Anniversary

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-04-17

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid tributes to his father and former Odisha CM and legendary leader Biju Patnaik on his 22nd death anniversary.

 

Patnaik paid floral tributes at the statue of his father Biju Babu on the premises of Odisha Legislative assembly at 9.30 am and said the people of Odisha are always inspired by the ideologies of Biju Babu and committed to serve the state.

 


The CM also paid tribute in twitter where he wrote, “I pay my humble tributes to the makers of Modern Odisha, freedom fighters and former CM of Odisha. Biju Babu, the epitome of Odia swabhiman, is always inspirational and following his footprints, we are dedicated for the service of mother, land and human beings and their development.”

 

The ‘Tall man’ Biju Patnaik was a legendary man who was born on 5 March 1916 to Lakshminarayan and Ashalata Patnaik in Cuttack. After studying Aeronautics at the Aeronautical Training Institute of India, he started his career with Indian National Airways.

 

His freedom fighting tales truly inspires the youth to fight for their country. Biju Patnaik was imprisoned until 1945 due to his participation in the Quit India Movement. He had also plunged headlong into the Nepalese Democratic Movement and Indonesia’s struggle for independence from the Dutch. He flew out the then Indonesian Prime Minister Sultan Sjahrir to Singapore, and then to Delhi where Sjahrir met Jawaharlal Nehru.

After independence, the grateful Indonesian government subsequently conferred its highest civilian award, Bhumi Putra to him. He served as the Chief Minister of Odisha from 1961 to 1963 and again from 1990-1995. He was a member of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

The former Odisha CM breathed his last in New Dehli on April 17, 1997. He founded the Kalinga Prize, which the UNESCO has been conferring for excellence in the field of science.

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik sculpted a sand art paying homage to the legend.


 


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