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Chintamani Panigrahi

(1922 – 2000) – (Odisha)

Chintamani Panigrahi (Aged 78) was born on 22 March 1922 in Puri district, Bengal Presidency, India. He was an activist of the Indian Independence Movement and a political and social leader from Odisha. In 1938, he became an active member of the “Bichinna Utkal Abkash Bahini” which was formed on 17 May 1938, under the chairmanship of Sri Sukanta Rao, then Principal of Ravenshaw Collegiate School. Its aim was to protect the Oriya language and culture in parts of Utkal (Orissa) that were separated in the reorganization of states. During summer holidays, they visited Medinipur, Bankura, Singhbhum, Seraikela, Kharsawan, Chainbasa, Chakradharpur, Tarala, Tikili, and Manjusha to interact with people in Oriya and promote national integrity.

In the revolution of 9 August 1942, he and his friends hoisted the Indian National Flag at Ravenshaw College and subsequently took leave of absence from the college. He wished to participate in the freedom struggle and pursue higher studies, so he went to Kolkata, where he was admitted to Vidyasagar College under the University of Calcutta to finish his M.A. He joined the Paschim Banga Chhatra Congress and used to write handbills and posters against the British Government at night.

On 16 August 1946, there was a massive Hindu-Muslim riot in Bengal. Under the leadership of Sri Panigrahi, a peace march was organized by Utkal Bahini, and medical assistance as well as food was provided to the affected, while preaching the mantra of “United we win, divided we fall”. He passed away on 29 April 2000, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.