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Harekrushna Mahatab

(1899 – 1987) – (Odisha)

Harekrushna Mahatab (Aged 88) was born on November 21, 1899, in Agarpada village in Bhadrak district of Odisha, India. He was a leader of the Indian National Congress and a notable figure in the Indian independence movement.

After joining Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, he left his studies in 1921 to join the independence movement. In 1922, Mahatab was imprisoned and charged with sedition. He served as the Chairman of the Balasore District Board from 1924 to 1928 and became a member of Bihar and Odisha Council in 1924. He joined the Salt Satyagraha movement and was imprisoned again in 1930.

In 1932, he was elected as the General Officer Commanding of Congress Sevadal for the AICC session at Puri, and he was arrested when the party was banned. He was nominated to the Congress Working Committee by Subhas Chandra Bose in 1938 and continued till 1946, and then again from 1946 to 1950. He passed away on January 2, 1987.