Radhanath Rath

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Radhanath Rath
Minister of Development
In office
6 Apr 1957 – 25 Feb 1961
Minister of Finance and Education
In office
7 Apr 1952 – 19 Oct 1956
Member: 5th and 6th Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
1971–1977
Constituency Athagarh
Member: PI2, 1st and 2nd Odisha Legislative Assembly
In office
1946–1961
Constituency Athagarh
Personal details
Born (1896-12-06)6 December 1896
Radhanathpur Shashan, Athagarh
Died 11 February 1998(1998-02-11) (aged 101)
Cuttack, Odisha
Resting place Satyabadi, Puri
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Savitri Rath
Children Manorama, Shanti
Education Matriculation
Alma mater Ravenshaw Collegiate School
Profession Writer, politician

Dr. Radhanath Rath (6 December 1896 – 11 February 1998) was born on 6 December 1896,[1] in a village named "Radhanathpur Shashan" of Aathgarh.[2] He started his education in the Jubilee School of Balasore where his uncle Lokanath Mohapatra was the Sanskrit teacher. He was matriculated in 1916 from Ravenshaw Collegiate School of Cuttack.

He joined the forest department of Singhbhum district as a Clerk. He left the job in 1919 and joined the 'Satyabadi press' of Gopabandhu Das. He started his career in Journalism as Manager and Assistant Editor[3] of the Oriya weekly "The Samaja" which was started under the editorial of Gopabandhu Das. After the death of Gopabandhu Das in the year 1928, Pandit Lingaraj Mishra worked as the editor of the "Samaj". In the year 1930, the daily publication of Samaj was initiated. During 1946–1952 Lingaraj Mishra worked as the education minister of Odisha. So Radhanath Rath became the Editor of the "Samaj".

He joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 and was imprisoned for two years.

He was elected 5 times to the Odisha Legislative Assembly. In 1946, he was first elected to the state assembly from Athagarh. Except for between 1961 and 1967, he remained a member of the house from 1946 to 1977. He appointed cabinet Minister in charge of Finance, Education, Forestry and Agriculture from 1952 to 1961. Radhanath Rath became the Finance and Education Minister in the Nabakrushna Choudhury Cabinet for the period 1952 to 1959. In the year 1959 he held the post of minister of development & forest department under the Harekrushna Mahatab's Cabinet.[4]

He was a lifetime member and President of the Odisha branch of the 'Servants of the People Society' set up by Lala Lajpat Rai of Punjab. He was president of the Society for over a decade from May 1981.[5]He was the head of the All Indian Scout and Guides Association, Odisha. He was also related to many other organisations like the Hind leprosy eradication group, the Gopabandhu Daridra Narayan Seva Sangha. He was also the Deputy Din of the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology. He has written many poems, stories and biographies. "Mo Jel Smruti Lipi" is one of his famous works. He died on 11 February 1998 at Cuttack.[6] His body was laid to rest with full state honours at Satyabadi near Puri.[7]

Awards[edit]

  • Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1967[8]
  • Padma Bhusan, 1968[9]
  • Critic Circle of India award, 1987
  • All India Anubrata award in 1988
  • Utkal Ratna Samman (1993, Utkal Sahitya Samaj)
  • Degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) (by the Berhampur University), 1976.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr. Radhanath Rath: Doyen of Odisha journalism". odishatoday.com. 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2013. Dr Rath was born on December 6, 1896 in a poor brahmin family in the then princely state of Athgarh 
  2. ^ "Eminent Persons -123orissa.com". 123orissa.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. .Dr. Radhanath Rath was born in a village named "Radhanathpur Shashan" of Aathgarh. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Radhanath Rath (1896–1998)". orissaboutique.com. 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2013. Dr. Radhanath Rath started his distinguished career in Journalism as Manager and Assistant Editor 
  4. ^ COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF ODISHA (1937–2009)
  5. ^ "Dr. Radhanath Rath: Doyen of Odisha journalism". odishatoday.com. Retrieved 5 March 2013. Dr Rath was president of the Servants of the People Society of India for over a decade from May 1981. 
  6. ^ "Doyen of Orissa journalism passes away". Rediff News. 12 February 1998. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rediff on the NeT: Doyen of Orissa journalism passes away". rediff.co.in. 1998. Retrieved 5 March 2013. His body was laid to rest with full state honours at Satyabadi near Puri 
  8. ^ "Orissa Sahitya Akademi". orissasahityaakademi.org. Retrieved 5 March 2013. Year-1967 26. Padmabhusan Radhanath Rath  horizontal tab character in |quote= at position 15 (help)
  9. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. 19 Shri Radhanath Rath PB OR Litt. & Edu.