Laxman Nayak – Freedom Fighter Of Odisha


Laxman Nayak or Laxman Naik (22 November 1899 – 29 March 1943) was a civil rights activist of South Odisha in eastern India. He belonged to Bhuyan tribe of Odisha.

Nayak, an Odia folk-hero of Koraput of southernmost part of Odisha and a cult-figure among its tribals, was born in Tentuliguma village of the Koraput district and his father Padlam
Nayak was a tribal chief and ‘Mustadaar’ under ‘Jeypore Samasthanam’ in the then Madras Presidency.

His training inculcated in him a spirit for Nationalism and indoctrinated him with the Gandhian principles of truth, nonviolence and peaceful non-cooperation with the British

He carried a Charkha, with the message of adult education and abstinence from alcohol to every tribal household of his area and brought about a total change in the rural scenario. He became the of mission in the Congress campaign in the Koraput Sub- division during the first ever election in 1936.

Also See – Veer Surendra Sai – Freedom Fighter Of Odisha

Laxman Nayak