Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das deserves Bharat Ratna: Odisha Governor

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.

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.

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