The state government of Odisha has taken the decision to make all the school children of Odisha acquainted with the life of legendary leader and former chief minister Biju Patnaik. They will be taught how the praise worthy leader had once rescued Prime Minister of Indonesia and his role in the freedom struggle.
From the next academic session onwards, students of Class 6 to 10 will be taught inspiring incidents from Biju Patnaik’s life. The government has planned to include the former chief minister’s biography in the high school syllabus as part of the state’s tribute to the legendary leader on his birth centenary. The chapters would include the leader’s childhood stories, his years of education, struggles of life and political success and failures. Also, other popular stories like his role in India’s freedom struggle, the rescue of Indonesian Prime Minister, his adventures as a pilot, would all be part of the text books.
Sahitya Akademi winner and popular children’s writer Das Benhur would pen the stories on Biju Patnaik for the school syllabus. Apart from Biju Patnaik, the life of other prominent sons of the soil like Veer Surendra Sai and Netaji Subhash Bose would also form part of the syllabus.
Welcoming the state government’s decision of including Biju Patnaik’s life in school books, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra said the life and works of eminent leaders like Nabrakrushna Choudhary, Harekrushna Mahtab should also be included in the school curriculum.
Biju Patnaik, apart from being a politician, he was an aeronautical engineer, navigator, industrialist, an ace pilot, popular freedom fighter and above all a renowned and outstanding personality. He, with a strong determination and sacrifice became a great politician and a social activist. He actively participated in the struggle for freedom and thus became the ideal personality for the people of Orissa to look up to. He uttered these lines for the public of Orissa, “In my dream of the 21st century for the State, I would have young men and women who put the interest of the State before them. They will have pride in themselves, confidence in themselves. They will not be at anybody`s mercy, except their own selves. By their brains, intelligence and capacity, they will recapture the history of Kalinga.