Tapan Kumar Pradhan
|Tapan Kumar Pradhan|
22 October 1972|
|Occupation||Poet, activist, banker|
|Language||Odia, English, Hindi|
|Education||Doctorate in Sociology|
|Alma mater||Utkal University, BJB College|
Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (ଡ. ତପନ କୁମାର ପ୍ରଧାନ ) (born 1972) is an Indian poet from Laxmisagar in Bhubaneswar. He is best known for his poem "Kalahandi" which was awarded second place in Sahitya Akademi's Golden Jubilee Indian Literature Translation Prize for Poetry in 2007. His other poems include "Equation', "The Hour of Coming', "Wind in the Afternoon", and "Boddhisattva".
In 2007, Pradhan received the Indian Express Citizen for Peace prize from Shyam Benegal for his essays on communal harmony. He has also won First Prize in All-India Inter-bank Hindi Essay Competition for 2007–08, a prize he also won in 2006–07 for his essays on micro-finance and financial inclusion. He also won First Prize in the RBIA Silver Jubilee essay competition on Future of Central Banking conducted by Reserve Bank of India in 2007–08. He was the First Prize winner in RBI Brand Building Competition, 2007 for his bold satirical essay "Dreaming the RBI Brand", which created shock waves in the Reserve Bank fraternity. During his student days he had won many literary prizes including Upasika Kamaladevi Award for essays on Buddhism, Shatadru prize for short story and Ankur prize for poetry etc. He was Utkal University literary champion during 1993–94. Pradhan's poem "The Buddha Smiled" won commendation first prize in All India Poetry Competition 2013 conducted by Poetry Society (India).
Pradhan's poems, essays and short stories have been published in the journals Indian Literature, Journal of Poetry Society, The Statesman, Times of India and The Samaja.
Human rights and crusade against corruption
In 2009, Pradhan petitioned the Central Information Commission of India to increase transparency in the Performance Appraisal System in RBI. Pradhan was the first person in RBI and the second public sector employee overall in India to obtain his PAR report through RTI Act. As against CIC's view that PAR was "confidential personal information", Pradhan contended that PAR is the appraisal committee's impersonal evaluation of the public service rendered by public servants in their impersonal capacity in a public organisation; and hence there is nothing personal about PAR. Following his petition, RBI began disclosing the PAR reports to all employees before moving over to a system of Objective Assessment of Performance. In the words of Smt Usha Thorat, the ex-Deputy Governor of RBI, Pradhan makes "ingenious use of the RTI Act" to redress individual grievances.
Under UGC Fellowship, Pradhan was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2001 for his dissertation on Structural and Economic Dimensions of Communal Conflict. He has researched the Kandh-Pana conflict in Kandhamal district, Hindu-Muslim relations in Bhadrak and Harijan-Savarna caste dynamics at Brahmabarada in Jajpur district of Odisha. He taught Sociology at Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, before joining Reserve Bank of India in 1999 as a Grade-B officer. In 2014, Pradhan left RBI to join Government of Odisha as Director and Additional Secretary in Finance Department. He established score-based ranking of banks on Financial Inclusion parameters.
- Staff (November–December 2007). "Indian Literature Golden Jubilee Literary Translation Prize Winners". Indian Literature (Golden Jubilee Issue ed.). Sahitya Akademi. 51 (6): 39–65. JSTOR 23347623.
- "Sahitya Akademi Indian Literature Translation Award".
- "Indian Express Citizen for Peace Short List".
- "Citizens for Peace Essays on Secularism".
- "Living with Differences : Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan on Communal Harmony in Bhadrak".
- "RBI Rajbhasha Shield Awards 2007–08" (PDF).
- "Inter Bank Hindi Essay Competition".
- "Award Winners – All India Poetry Competition 2013".
- "Central Information Commission Award dated August 9, 2010".
- Appeal No. 34/ 2009-10/RIA 2831/ 2008–09 against Reserve Bank of India
- "CIC Decision on Performance Appraisal Disclosure" (PDF).
- Appeal No 77/ 2009-10/ RIA 3284/ 08-09 of Reserve Bank of India (Order dated 13 September 2009)
- "Dimensions of Integration and Conflict in a Cross-cultural Cross-communal Setting : A Comparative Analysis", Utkal University, 2001.
- "Odisha Selects 15 Banks for Govt Business (Business Standard, 31 May 2016".