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Leaders from Odisha for playing a crucial role in safe guarding democracy during the 1975 Emergency:Smriti Irani

Bhubaneswar:26/6/18; As voices of dissent grew harsher among all parties on the occasion of 43 years of Emergency declared in India by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani too targeted Congress and criticised such decision.

During her one-day visit to Odisha on Tuesday, Irani termed Emergency a ‘Black Day’ in the history of Indian democracy.

Besides, Irani also remembered the contributions of intellectuals, freedom fighters and leaders from Odisha for playing a crucial role in safe guarding democracy during the 1975 Emergency.

“I have come to pay tributes to 900 Satyagrahis and 300 MISA prisoners of Odisha for their sacrifices to protect democracy during the 1975 Emergency,” said Irani.

The Union Minister said that names like Harekrushna Mahatab, Biju Patnaik, Rabi Ray and other citizens are still not recorded in history but they fought hard for safeguarding democracy during such tough times.

“After 43 years of Emergency, people should remember it and it should be a day of pledge so that history is not repeated,” said Irani.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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