‘The Tall Man Biju Patnaik’ Book Presentation Ceremony held at Mumbai
- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik graced the programme.
- A galaxy of Odia politicians, corporate leaders, noted personalities participated
- Odia Communities and Associations living in Mumbai and nearby also took part
Mumbai: “Biju babu always dreamt that every Odia should bring fame for Odisha wherever she or he is. Today I am delighted to see the success of Odias living in Mumbai. A joint endeavor to restore the past glory of Odisha and to build a great Odisha would be the best tribute to Biju Patnaik.” said Naveen Patnaik today at Mumbai.
He was addressing the galaxy of Odia politicians, corporate leaders and noted personalities in the book presentation ceremony of ‘The Tall Man Biju Patnaik’ there. “It’s really tough to capture the life of a Tall Man like Biju Patnaik in just 184 pages of this monumental book’ he added.
Written by Sundar Ganesan, the book is a pictorial biography based on the life and times of illustrious and legendary statesman and the celebrated politician of Odisha Biju Patnaik. It talks vividly about the daredevil acts of two time Odisha Chief Minister and former Union Minister Biju Babu, his revolutionary role in India’s freedom struggle and beyond, his contribution to major world events including the untold stories about the celebrated leader. The book precisely showcased the mass leader who laid the foundation for a progressive and economically prosperous Odisha. It contains rare photographs which articulate the life of Biju Babu and relevant documents from reputed sources which are a testimony to his great personality.
While presenting a quick and brief review of the publication Subroto Bagchi, noted author and Chairperson of Odisha Skill Development Authority mentioned that Biju Patnaik was a perfect example of leadership. He was a supremely courageous leader. He never bothered about his personal fame or glory. This is a book for the future generations. A book which talks less, shows much a credible appreciation of the great personality.
Director, Global HR & CEO, Carbon Black Business at Aditya Birla Group Dr. Santrupt B Misra in his speech briefly defined Biju Patnaik in six words as Swapna (Dream), Sahasa (Courage), Sankalpa (Determination), Sanjoga (Coincidence), Srusti (Creation) and Sarthaka (Success).
Recalling that Biju Babu was the classmate of his father, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said “In my college days when I was studying in Rajasthan, many people were not aware about Odisha. But when we took the name of Biju Patnaik, they recognized. He was a big name and synonymous with the identity of the state”.
Eminent Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon and MD of Asian Heart Institute Padma Bhusan Dr. Ramakanta Panda mentioned that “Biju Babu was a hero for us when we were in school and college days. He will continue to be a hero for the future generations”.
A nostalgic Indian classical flautist Padma Vibhusan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia remembered his first encounter with Biju Patnaik when he was invited to perform at Biju Babu’s Kalinga Tubes Company. He opined that Biju was a great music lover and was an inspiration for many artists like him.
The Odia Communities and Associations living in Mumbai and nearby, policy makers, media personalities and a large section of Odisha’s political leadership attended the function and were contented to recollect the memories of their great leader whose deeds still inspire millions of Odias across the globe.