Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal has said that Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das deserves the highest civilian award of the country “Bharat Ratna” posthumously for his contribution to the nation.
Prof Ganeshi Lal’s statement came while he was addressing a function here to mark the 171st anniversary of Madhusudan Das, Official Twitter handle of Prof. Ganeshi Lal said.
'Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das was a great visionary who was way ahead of his time and he deserves to be awarded with Bharat Ratna posthumously as a mark of our respect by the indebted nation, 'suggested Hon'ble Governor in a function celebrating his 171st birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/cesa42z4gk
— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) April 29, 2019
Madhu Sudan Das, popularly known ‘Kulabruddha’, which means Grand Old Man and ‘Utkal Gaurav’, which means Pride of Odisha, was an eminent lawyer, journalist, legislator, politician, social reformer and freedom fighter for the independence of India.
Born on 28 April 1848 to Choudhury Raghunath Das and Parbati Debi in Satyabhamapur of Cuttack, Madhusudan Das became the first Odia to become a member of both the Legislative Council and the Central Legislative Assembly of India.
Das also founded Utkal Sammilani and played a key role in the formation of separate state Orissa on April 1, 1936.