Dr. HAREKRUSHNA MAHTAB
Utkal Keshari Dr Harekrushna Mahtab is a house hold name in Odisha. The title of this photo book “The Invincible” justifies the titanic personality of Dr Mahtab. The man who rises above all odds time and again to take through the transition of the state of Odisha post independence era is undisputable. His contribution to Modern Odisha from Social, Industrial, Economical, Literature and Political spheres is unparallel. He is truly the first Odia to be widely recognized on National and International forum. His man marshalling ability pre and post Indipendence era in Odisha history is unmatched. In his lifetime he not only left a niche of his own among the top leaders in India, be it Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi to Simanta Gandhi or be it Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. He also left an in-depth impression of his own among the top personalities of world like Albert Einstien to Lord Mountbatten and from Queen Elizabeth to Dr J.F Keneddy. Dr Mahtab delivered two lecture sessions at Princeton University at USA in presence of Albert Eienstien, the only Odia to achieve this feat. He also became the first person to be broadcasted in BBC, London when he attends the Commonwealth Supply Minister's conference in October 1951. He was the only Odia till date whose photograph was displayed at BBC, London. He was the dazzling luminary in the azure firmament of politics for a span of about 40 years. Words fail to picture out the connotations of the multi dimensional personalities who towered phoenix-like in the contemporary era. His contributions are myriad to awaken, enliven and enlighten moribund Odisha.