Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today released the book Adventures of the Daredevil Democrat based on the life and times of former Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik. It’s a comic adaptation of the heroic daredevil acts of the former Chief Minister which will attract readers especially the young generation and children and inspire them to serve the motherland with similar commitment and courage.
Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra and BJP leader Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo were also present on the occasion. The book, written in English and prepared by Kalinga Foundation Trust, is published by Creative Warehouse.
Speaking on the occasion, Naveen said “Biju Patnaik was a legend in his lifetime. He is also a legend even after. In fact, he was Man of a million legends. As we celebrate his 104th Birth anniversary, people recall his memories with great respect, love and admiration.’
‘Adventures of a Daredevil Democrat’ is one such endeavour to remember one of our most loved leaders of Odisha, BijuPatnaik. I am extremely delighted to release this book today. I thank the Kalinga Foundation Trust and the Creative Warehouse for this publication.’
According to Naveen, “Many people describe him in their own perspectives and display many facets of his life. His adventures culminated in the rescuing of Indonesian leaders, his patriotism culminated in his participation in war missions, his compassion for poor reflected in doubling the minimum wage at one go, ………the list is endless. During the freedom movement, despite working as a pilot in Royal Air Force, he assisted nationalist leaders like Aruna Asaf Ali, Ram Manohar Lohia and carried them in planes to safe places. He was a true nationalist leader who was at the forefront to reach Srinagar first during India’s war against Pak Intruders in rescue Kashmir operation.”
The development of Odisha was the single most important thing for him. He never thought of anything else. He was a fast mover who wanted to get things done very quickly. He wanted to see his Odisha to be at the top at the earliest possible time.