Hindi Translation of ‘Odisha Itihaas’ Released by PM Modi

The Hindi translation of the book ‘Odisha Itihaas’ was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. The book written by Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab, popularly known as ‘Utkal Keshari’, was only available in Odia and English languages until now.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, who is the son of Harekrushna Mahtab, were present at the launch event.

“Utkal Keshari Harekrushna Mahtab is remembered for his great contributions to Odisha’s progress and India’s freedom struggle. He was passionate about Odisha’s culture”, said the Prime Minister.

He appreciated Mahtab referring to him as a person who made history, saw it, and wrote it. “In fact, such historical personalities are very rare. Such great men themselves are important chapters in history”, added Modi.

The book has been published in the year when the nation is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, remarked Modi. “This year also marks 100 years of the incident when Harekrushna Mahtab left college and joined in the freedom struggle. When Gandhi Ji started Dandi Yatra, he led the movement in Odisha”, he said.

Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab is a notable figure in the Indian Independence Movement. Born in the Balasore district, he wrote this book while in prison giving an elaborate description of Odisha’s formation. Mahtab was arrested during the Quit India Movement.

Apart from being a freedom fighter, he also served as the State’s Chief Minister from 1946 to 1950 and from 1956 to 1961.

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