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Booklet released by Odisha government on Mahatma Gandhi’s death triggered an uproar in Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar:15/11/19:  The booklet released by Odisha government describing Mahatma Gandhi’s death as an ‘accident’ triggered an uproar in the Odisha Assembly as both Congress and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members condemned the matter today.

Congress legislature party leader Narasingha Mishra demanded an apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik holding him responsible for the blunder.

“This is deplorable. I hold the Chief Minister responsible for this. He should beg an apology to the people. If he has knowingly done it, I demand his resignation. People of the country can never excuse him,” said LoP Narasingha Mishra in the State Assembly.

The two-page booklet ‘Aama Bapuji: Eka Jhalaka’ (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse) prepared by the School and Mass Education department, Odisha states that Mahatma Gandhi died due to accidental reasons on January 30, 1948.

The brochure published on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi said he died due to accidental reasons in a sudden sequence of events on January 30, 1948 at Delhi’s Birla House.


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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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