Would you like to have a glance on his personality?
Well, his activities range from Kalahandi to Kashmir !!!
As a social activist, he founded ‘Kalahandi Gana Parishad’ in 1997 an organization to sensitize, educate and organize people for development of this backward district. Apart from that, he also demanded the Govt. of India to draw a National Policy on Droughts. He also started a body called ‘Kalahandi Bikash Abhiyan’ in 2006 to highlight the potential of Kalahandi in the prospect of industrialization. In 2006, he started Nuapada Bikash Adhiyan by organizing the people of grass root level to raise voice for social justice, economic development etc. In 2016, he started the ‘Shinning Kalahandi’- a forum for uniting the intellectuals for industrial development of Kalahandi. In 1992 he had the privilege of being nominated as the National convener of Chhatra Yuva Sangharsha Vahini founded by Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan and become a part of ‘The total Revolution’. In 1995, he became the National Convenor of People Initiative of Kashmir (PIK), an Allahabad based organization formed to open an avenue for peaceful dialogue between India and Pakistan. His social activities extend and spans over Odisha, UP, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Hariyana, Rajasthan, Bihar and Jharkhand. He is active in participating in various Seminars, Symposia relating to Socio-political and economic issues since 1990. He is running two dozens of organizations basically on socio-economic and political issues.
He is deeply influenced and inspired by the Greats like Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan, Ram Mahohar Lahia, Kishan Pattnaik, Mahatma Gandhi and Karl Marx. He is equally inspired by the philosophy of Buddha, Kabir and Osho.
His Literary Aptitude:
As an editor and publisher, he has published the Surya-1986, The Kalahandi Express-2012, a monthly magazine. However these are not in vogue. Now he is editing the Bande Kalahandi a monthly newspaper since 2014-15.
As a man of literature, he has authored anthologies of poems like, The Srusthi, Pachas Varsara Pachasti Phasal. Ashanti Ru Prashanti (In press) and the Nastha Nakshatra Ra Nirabata (in press). In Hindi 1991, Inshaniyat Ki Kheti, Titre Bitre Nagada, Ek Maa ko Dekha to Esalaga. Now, he is also owning and editing ‘The Mahuri’- an elite literary journal of Odisha since 2008.
He advocates that, after the World War II, inspite of massive devastation faced by Japan, it struggled to find a way to development. This is because; the citizens as well as the Government of Japan realized that Japan has to struggle not only for existence but also for excellence. The result of their resolution became fruitful and now it is one of the leading economic powers in the Global Economy.
What about India? India gained independence in 1947, no severe crises as faced by Japan fell upon it. Now what is the picture of the rural India? More than 75% of people live in the rural India. We aspire to become the leader of 21st century, yet what is the ground reality? People still don’t have the basic amenities.
Since Independence, millions of dollars from the World Bank, IMF and Govt. of India had been spent for rural development, but have we the guts to compare a village of India with one of the Europe? What is the reason behind it, we live on the pretext of misleading statistics projected by the unscrupulous govt. officials and NGOs. Democracy has become hypocrisy in India, being the largest democracy we are taught how to tell biggest lie. More than half of a century we have been hoodwinking ourselves and be-fooled by the Govt., statistics. It has been a tendency of every politician to suppress the reality and project a superficial bright image of what his party is doing. The time and the need has changed, he says. Now we must admit the truth and introspect. The so called inclusive growth is illusive. We must re-think and re-discover the meaning of development and the process of nation building.
The core subject of economics, politics and social activity and nation making process should be focused on self analysis and self evaluation. How far it has gone and how far it has taken this country should be adjudged.
The mask of deception should be casted off and the world should know the real State of Affair.
A patient should not hide his scar where ever it is to the doctor. Likewise the leaders instead of using high sounding words of self-glorification should put forth the reality before the people as well as before the global leadership.
This is the need of the hour when people should realize the difference between truth and false hood, reality and illusion, he says. Finally he quotes Marfin Luther king Jr’s ‘I have a dream’ delivered on 28th August 1963; “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together’."