Naveen Pays Tribute to Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das on Birth Anniversary

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid humble tribute to legendary freedom fighter Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das on his 142nd birth anniversary here on Wednesday.

The birth anniversary of legendary Odia freedom fighter Utkalmani  is commemorated as Gopabandhu Jayanti across the State today.

Born on 9 October 1877 in Suando village, near Puri,  Gopabandhu Das was a social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist. He was known for his selfless service to people and society.

He is one of the trinity who helped Odisha to come into being as the first official linguistic state in India in 1936.

Described as the ‘Gandhi of Odisha’, his immense contributions to the cause of Odisha and Odia society have earned him the title ‘Utkalmani’ or ‘Gem of Odisha’.

Das was the founder editor of the vernacular daily “Samaj”.

He died on June 17, 1928.

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