Pradhan was speaking at the 75th Year celebration of Odia daily “Prajantra” at Jawaharl Nehru Indoor Stadium here. Union Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Prajatantra editor and Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab and noted litterateur Padma Bhushan graced the occasion as guests.
“It is a matter of happiness that The Prajatantra is celebrating completion of its 75 th year when Azad Ka Amruta Mahotsav is being celebrated to mark the completion of 75 th Year Celebration of Independence. I, from my inner heart, thank Dr Harekruhna Mahtab, who had established this newspaper whose contribution in bringing making journalists, litterateurs and intelligentsia and in forming a new India is well written,” Pradhan said adding, “We have to take forward all that done and foreseen by Dr Mahtab before and after Independence and make Odisha an advanced State in the country and abroad as well.”
Pradhan made a brief note on how Sardar Ballabhbhai Patel and Dr Mahtab had worked in tandem in joining of Gadajat states with the country before and after Independence.
“From documents, I have learnt that Patel had a big trust on Dr Mahtab and entrusted him the responsibility of addition of Gadajat States with the country,” he said.
Pradhan too narrated how The Prajatantra brought to fore various movements and helped them bear fruits in the interest of the State and the people.
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