Inaugurating the conclave on Biju Patnaik Birth Centenary organised by Odisha Live at Hotel Mayfair here Thursday, the Chief Minister said, “Biju Babu was a great Odia, who wanted to rewrite the history of Odisha by bringing back the ancient glory of Kalinga Empire. Again his patriotism was so strong that he was several times at the fore front to save the country from foreign aggression. He also successfully contributed to the freedom movement of Indonesia”.
The esteemed members of the panel will discuss about him at length. But our true test is transforming Odisha to a level that Biju Babu dreamt of, he said.
On the occasion, Chief Minister launched a website www.bijupatnaik.org. He also unveiled the paintings of Biju Babu by famous artist Baladev Maharatha, a calender with rare photographs of Biju Babu and a special cover approved by India Post.
Among others, Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, President of Odisha Without Border Khirod Jena and Odisha Live Director Nilambar Rath were present.