Bhubaneswar: Several civil society organisations and hundreds of denizens Friday came together to pay rich tributes to Odisha’s first and only woman Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy on her 92nd birth anniversary today.
The statue of Satpathy near Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar was garlanded on the occasion. The ceremony brought together political leaders, members of various social organisations and citizens to celebrate the legacy of a remarkable woman who broke barriers and inspired generations.
On this occasion, Dharitri and OrissaPOST Editor Tathagata Satpathy, CEO Adyasha Satpathy, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several other top leaders and social workers including Shashi Bhusan Behera, Susant Kumar Rout, Ashok Chandra Panda, Suresh Kumar Routray, Bhubaneswar Mayor Sulochana Das, Babu Singh, Jagannath Pradhan and members of Odia Language Literature & Culture Department, Utkal Sammilani, BJD Cultural Coordination Front, Sanskruti Sebaka paid tributes to the former Chief Minister.
Born June 9, 1931, and brought up in Pithapur in Cuttack, Nandini Satpathy was the first woman Chief Minister of Odisha and the second woman to become chief minister in independent India.
Nandini assumed office as the Chief Minister June 14, 1972. Her tenure ended within a year when Emergency was imposed on India. She was re-elected for her second term from March 6, 1973 to December 16, 1976.
Apart from being a political leader, Satpathy was also an accomplished writer. Her works have been translated and published into a number of other languages. She was honoured with Sahitya Bharati Samman Award in 1998 for her contributions to Oriya literature.