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Monday, June 09, 2014

Nagabhushan Patnaik’s ‘Poems of Prison’ released in Bhubaneswar  

"A book titled 'Poems of Prison' comprising poems written by Odisha's noted radical thinker Nagabhushan Patnaik has been released in Bhubaneswar on August 26, 2012. The poems were written during the prison days of Nagabhushan Patnaik in different jails of India."


HNF Correspondent


‘Poems of Prison’, a compilation of poems written by Nagabhushan Patnaik, a Marxist leader and the ideologue of radical youth of Odisha, while in various jails has been released in Bhubaneswar.

Speakers who attended the release ceremony opined that, ‘All the progressive and pro-people irrespective of ideologies should join hands to work for the betterment of the marginalised section of the society and there is an urgent need to explore the possibilities of resolving the issues through non-violent methods as the violence is leading to social disorder.’

‘Nagabhushan was a great leader who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the downtrodden people. All irrespective of political affiliations liked Nagabhushan Patnaik due to his conviction for the cause’, said freedom fighter and former Lok Sabha Member who released the book.


While giving his own views on various socio-political issues, Dr Ratan Das, a Sarvodaya leader who has written the Forward of the Book, said that ‘the Naxal violence will not solve the problems of the state. Rather it will aggravate the crisis.’ He also said that the state machinery has become very powerful and they will muzzle all the underground activities of the Maoists. ‘The intentions of the Maoists is good, but it should be democratically pursued’, he said.

CPI ML (Liberation) leader Khitish Biswal of said that ‘Nagabhushan Patnaik had opposed the liberal policies of the government. The liberal policies are responsible for the rising unemployment, poverty and hunger. Nagabhushan Patnaik was the votary of Left unity to fight the ruling class. Hence, all should be united to fight globalization and privatization’, he said.

‘It will be difficult to say whether violent path followed by Nagabhushan Patnaik was right or wrong. But, the people are resorting to violent path because the democratic means have failed them to achieve their desire goals. Even Gandhi preferred violence as the last resort for the self-defence,’ said senior political leader Prof Kailash Acharya while participating in the debate.

Nageshwar Patnaik, a senior journalist and nephew of the radical revolutionary narrated his childhood experience with maternal uncle Nagabhushan. ‘He was a fighter to the core. The poems were written by Nagabhushan Patnaik when he was in various jails of the country,’ he said.

Eminent personalities from various fields joined the release ceremony and the discussion that was presided by Prafulla Kumar Sahoo, Chairperson of development organisation CYSD.


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