Sasi Bhusan Rath
Sasi Bhusan Rath was born on 1st January 1885 in a brahamin family at Banpur district Puri and brought up at Surada, Ganjam district. His father Lombadhar Mohapatra was as a compositior in a Government press in Madras for sometime. Sahi bhusan was adopted by his aunt (father’s sister) who was married to a Lombadhar Rath. So he acquired the surname Rath . After completing his education in village school he went to Bhanjanagar for English education.
After his English education he went to Bombay and worked in a tannery. Soon after he set up his own tannery named as “Rath & Co at Karvedlli Road. In 1907 he joined in Utkal tannery of Madhu Sudhan Das for sometime.Then he started a pharmaceutical business at Calcutta. In 1912 he involved in politics at Calcutta when Bhiar and parts of Orissa separated from Bengal Provenance .He felt that there is need of separate Orissa provinence through Oriya language. So he returned to Orissa, Berhampur and started a Newspaper “Asha”on April 13 1913 according to his daughter’s name Asalata. It was a grand success for him during 1913 &.1914 .Asha was made daily in April 13 1928 and named as “Dainaik Asha”. On 5th May 1933 he published first English daily Newspaper “New Orissa” which helped to built up a atmosphere to form a Orissa as a separate provinence. After formation of separate Oriya provinence Sasi Bhusan Rath gave up the editorship on 18th April 1936.
Active Participation in Politics
During 1918 Sasi Bhusan involved in politics. He was member in Berhampur Muncipality and was a vice Chairman .He was elected twice as a member of Madras provinicial council in 1920 and 1925. He became the president of Ganjam congress committee and participated actively in Satyagrah movement which was done by Gandhiji. His main aim was in politics for the Oriya speaking people for formation of separate Oriya provinence. So he took as an active member in Utkal Samilani and took active part in Simmon Commission.
He died on 18th May 1943.