History of Odisha represents the historical strength of entire India: PM

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the Hindi translation of the book ‘Odisha Itihaas’ written by ‘Utkal Keshari’ Harekrushna Mahtab here today.

The book, available in Odia and English so far, has been translated into Hindi by  Shankarlal Purohit. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhartruhari Mahtab MP(Lok Sabha), Cuttack were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister recalled that about one and half year ago the country celebrated 120th birth anniversary of ‘Utkal Keshari’ Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab. Dedicating the Hindi edition of his famous ‘Odisha Itihaas’, he said that it is important that diverse and comprehensive history of Odisha should reach people of the country.

The Prime Minister remembered Mahtab’s contribution in the freedom struggle and lauded him for his struggle for the reformation in society. During the Emergency, Mahtab went to jail opposing the party under which he became Chief Minister, he recalled. “He went to prison for both independence and for saving the country’s democracy”, the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister noted Dr Mahatab’s important role in Indian History Congress and taking history of Odisha to national platform. His contribution made possible museum, archives and archaeology sections in Odisha.

The Prime Minister emphasized that with struggles like The Paika Rebellion, Ganjam Revolt to Sambalpur Struggle, land of Odisha always gave new energy to the fire of revolt against the British rule.  Surendra Sai of Sambalpur Andolan is a source of inspiration for all of us.

The Prime Minister remembered the immense contribution of leaders like Pandit Gopabandhu Das, Acharya Harihar and Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab.

Modi paid tribute to the contribution of Ramadevi, Malti Devi, Kokila Devi and Rani Bhagyawati. He also noted the contribution of the tribal community who always troubled the British with their patriotism and valour.

The Prime Minister said that history of Odisha represents the historical strength of entire India. This strength, reflected in the history is connected with the present and future possibilities and work as a guide for us, said the Prime Minister.