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Rajkrishna- The first Poltical Prisoner of Orissa

Saturday, Sep 26 - 2015 | By Professor Bhaskar Khatai

When the independence struggle in Orissa raised its proud head, it appeared in the headlines of THE SAMAJA – At long last the Orissa Prison at Cuttack is consecrated. Such was the news concerning the arrest of Last Rajkrishna Bose published. Utkalmani Gopabandhu in appreciation of his deep sense of nationalism, reiterated that Rajkrishna was the first and the foremost man to be acclaimed as the first political prisoner of Orissa 
 
RAJKRISHNA’S BIRTH AND CHILDHHOOD : 
The freedom fighter, the champion of sacrifice, Rajkrishna was born in the village Ramachandrapur under Kishore Nagar constituency of Cuttack on the first Friday in the month of MARGASIRA in the SAL 1307 . he was proud to have Mrs.Bhabani as his mother. Right from his admission in the village primary School he showed signs of social service and mutual help . Consequent upon his father’s transfer to different places as a Police Officer,he had to have his education at different school . 

RAJKRISHNA’S FIRST MEETING WITH GOPABANDHU 
Rajkrishna joined the Cuttack Ravenshaw College after having passed his matric from Peary Mohan Academy . Cuttack . drought and famine at puri caused havoc among the people . The irrepressible revolutionary spirit in Rajkrishna made rum come forward to sacrifice his all in the services of the people .and only here he had the opportunity to get in touch with Gobabandhu .Gopabandhu was pleased to find a glowing youth married to the principle of service and sacrifice. There after Cuttack witnessed a grim scence of the horror of Cholera .Breaking the rules of the hostel, he came forward to render services to the suffering humanity. He imbibed massive inspiration from the books of Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Vivekananda .He was residing in the KAYAST BOARDING where prof .Artaballava Mohanty was the Superintendent. Prof. Mohanty had a great appreciation for Rajkrishna’s sprit of selfless sacrifice and service .He was greatly inspired by the AMRITA BAZAR PATRIKA to keep the tradition of Orissa n culture alive, and his chief work was to read and sell the weekly SAMAJA PRABASHI transfused into him the very spirit of sacrifice and devotion to the cause of freedom .His sportsmanship and defiant attitude in school days had tremendous impact on his fellow friends . The weighty words of Gourisankar the builder of KAYAST BOARDING, toned up his morale and spirit. The sub-inspector of schools Late Binodlal Bose threatened Rajkrishna to expel him from the hostel for having joined the political agitation. But he ignored it; rather it accelerated his progress in that direction. While in college he came to know about the famine at puri from Gopabandhu at MUKURA press ,and he voluntarily went there to help the famished though his name was not included in the list of 75 members committee . Unfortunately the enlisted students were away on a recreation during holidays. The atrocious treatment of the police in the village CHARISHREE in the year 1919 created in him a sense of bitter disgust the against the police services. His father Laxminarayan’s hope and desire to make his son a top Police official shatterd completely. Hereafter in the year 1921 Rajkrishna expressed profession. His eagerness for medical. Most probably the idea stemmed from his spirit of service in the devastating famine at Puri . But this little protracted area could not keep him satisfied. The non-cooperation movement piloted by Mahatma Gandhi touched his heart deeply. The village Postmaster KALIBABU used to keep him briefed about the important news. Meanwhile he was informed that twelve students including him self were being expelled from the hostel. By this time the representatives of Orissa, on their way back from Nagpur . were going to form the Congress on the advice of Gopabandhu at CHAKRADHARPUR in SINGHBHUM . On 24 January 1921 Gopabandhu addressed on the Kathajori a mammoth gathering of students about the non cooperation movement of the Congress . This challenge infused Rajkrishna a great awakening and he made up his mind to give up college education.

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