Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan writes Loksabha Speaker to unveil a bust/photograph of Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das

New Delhi:Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan writes to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to unveil a bust/photograph of Madhu Babu in the precincts of Sansad Bhawan.

Madhusudan Das, fondly known as Madhu Babu. was o distinguished freedom fighter, social reformer. literary figure and statesman who worked tirelessly for the upiftment and welfare of the Odia people and was the prime mover of the campaign for formation of a separate state of Odisha. His contributions earned him the title of Utkal Gaurav.

Madhusudan Das was a trailblazer and has many firsts to his name. He was the first Odia post graduate. The first Odia to become a barister and the fist Odia to be elected both to the legislative Council of the Bihar and Odisha and the Central Legislative Assembly, you would be aware that Madhu Babu was a strong advocate of women’s empowerment, establishing Odisha’s first women’s college of Cuttack and had spearheaded the amendment to the Legal Practitioner Act which allowed women law graduates to enter the legal profession in 1923. He was also a visionary entrepreneur and started one of the first industries in Odisha – the Ulkal Tannery in 1905, using German skills and technology. Further, Shri Madhusudan Das established the Odisha Artware Works which employed nearly 150 artisans of special fine art such as filigree, ivory work, hondloom etc. A prominent literary figure and the editor of the English newspaper .The Odiya.’, Madhu Babu was a big source of inspiration for many Indian leaders including the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

“It would be o befitting tribute to Madhu Babu and a great source of pride to the people of Odisha if a bust/photograph of Shri madhusudan Das is unveiled in the precincts of the Sansad Bhawon preferably on his 171 birth anniversary falling on 28th April 2018. I would also seek your personal audience to discuss the proposal and take it further,” said Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his letter.

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