Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has requested Speaker of the Lok Sabha to consider installation of a bust or photograph of Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das in the precincts of Sansad Bhawan preferably on his 171st Birth Anniversary on 28 April.
In a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker, Minister Pradhan said Madhu Babu, was a distinguished freedom fighter, social reformer, literary figure and statesman who worked tirelessly for the upliftment and welfare of the Odia people and was the prime mover of the campaign for formation of a separate state of Odisha.
Madhusudan Das was a trailblazer and has many firsts to his name. He was the first Odia post graduate, the first Odia to become a Barrister and the first Odia to be elected both to the Legislative Council of the Bihar and Odisha and the Central Legislative Assembly.
He was a strong advocate of women’s empowerment, establishing Odisha’ s first women’s college at Cuttack and had spearheaded the amendment to the Legal Practitioner Act which allowed women law graduates to enter the legal profession in 1923.
He was also a visionary entrepreneur and started one of the first industries in Odisha – the Utkal Tannery in 1905, using German skills and technology.