Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab
(Freedom Fighters)

Dr.Harekrushna Mahatab took birth in a small family in Agarpara of Bhadrak district on 21st November 1899. After completing his matric from Bhadrak High School.He joined in BA in Ravenshaw College. He left BA in 1921 and took part in the struggle for freedom.

He took active part in politics and in serving for the country. He took part in 'Pada Yatra' of Odisha in 1921, which was started by Mahatma Gandhi. He took part in "Quit India Movement" in 1942 and was sent to jail from 1942 to 1945.

Role In Society
He served as the Chief Minister of Odisha from 23-04-1946 to 12-05-1950.Post independence he was the first Chief Minister of Odisha. In 1950 he became the cabinet minister of Industry & Commerce during the ministry of Jawahar Lal Nehru. He also became the Governor of Bombay in 1955. He again became the Chief Minister of Odisha in 19-10-1956. Mahatab played an important lead role in uniting these states into bigger ones for which his name shall be written in golden words in the Indian history forever. His other works includes shifting of capital of Odisha from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar, plan for the building of Hirakud dam and plan for power generation at Duduma waterfall. He also owes credit in establishment of Odisha high court, inauguration of wireless center at Cuttack, establishing Utkal University at Bhubaneswar, establishment of steel plant at Rourkela etc He has also contributed a lot to the field of literature and journalism. He has written many books in English and Odia that includes history, novels, stories and poems. His book 'Gan Majlis' is a new step in the history of Odia literature. He started "Prajatantra" from 1923 as a weekly magazine. Now this is one of important daily newspapers existing in Odisha. He also started a magazine "Jhankar" in Odia literature and another children's magazine "Minabajar". For around five decades he played an important role in the politics of Odisha.He was a freedom fighter, socialist, educator, philosopher, historian, editor, administrator and a famous leader. He is popularly known as "Utkal Keshari".