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Binod Kanungo

(1912 – 1990) – (Odisha)

Binod Kanungo (Aged 78) a renowned Odia author, freedom fighter, Gandhian, educator, social reformer and compiler of the Gyana Mandala, which is the greatest encyclopaedia in the Odia language, was born on June 6, 1912, in Mallipur (Kishan Nagar), Cuttack district, Odisha, India. He was the only son of Keshub Chandra Kanungo and Peera Dei.

He received his primary education at village Naganpur and his secondary school education at the famous Ranihat High School in Cuttack, of which he was the first-ever student. Later, he received a scholarship to study at Ravenshaw Collegiate School. However, in 1930, when he was in Class-X, Mahatma Gandhi’s call inspired him to leave his studies and join the Indian Freedom Movement.

Kanungo was appointed by the daily newspaper, The Samaja, to cover Mahatama Gandhi’s Harijan Padayatra from Puri to Bhadrak in 1934. During this period, Gandhiji taught, advised, and groomed Binod Kanungo in the art of news reporting.

Later, he worked with the eminent Gandhian Gopabandhu Choudhury and joined The Samaja as an Assistant Editor. He was jailed for his participation in the freedom struggle. He passed away on June 22, 1990, in Cuttack, Odisha, India.