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Pandit Nilakantha Das(Odia: ପଣ୍ଡିତ ନୀଳକଣ୍ଠ ଦାସ)was born on 5 August 1884[1] in the village Sri Ramchandrapur of Puri district. He was one of the comrades of 'Pancha Sakha' of 'Satyabadi Era'. He was an orator, politician, social reformer and patriot. He was awarded an M. Phil. by the University of Calcutta. He denied a lucrative job under British Government and worked as a headmaster of Satyabadi High School.[2] He was also a great writer and orator. His speeches inspired the young generation to fight against untouchability and other social evils.[3] He died on 6 November 1967.[4]

In 1951 he was elected to Odisha Legislative Assembly from 'Swadhin Jana Sangha' a new party.[5] In 1955 as per request of Jawaharlal Nehru he joined Congress. He was re-elected in 1957 from Congress.

References

  1. ^ "Pandit Nilakantha & Formation of Orissa Province" (PDF). Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eminent Personalities of Orissa". Government of Orissa. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nilakantha Das". Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Makers of Modern Orissa" (PDF). Retrieved 5 March 2013. Death laid its icy finger on him on 6th November 1967 
  5. ^ "Odisha Files: Pundit Nilakantha Das". odishafiles.com. 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 1951: Elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly with his new named party 'Swadhin Jana Sangha ';