On 10th October, English monthly Utkal Bharatee in association with Bhartiya Jeevan Sandesh Trust and Pattnaik India Foundation commemorated the 79th Shaheed Divas of Balak Baji Rout and shradhanjali divas to the 19 martyrs of Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in the recent Uri attack, at Shree Jagannath Temple (Hauz Khas) in the capital.
Shri Suresh Chandra Panda(Retired IAS), member of Prasar Bharati was the chief guest, Dr. S N Mishra, famous environemtalist, Shri Ravindra Nath Pradhan, secretary of Neelachal Seva Sangha and Dr. Pratap Chandra Behera, Assistant Professor of DSSW at Universoty of Delhi were the guests of honour.
The program started with floral tribute where Shaheed Baji Rout and 19 martyrs of Uri attack were remembered for thieir exemplary valour. Dr. Mishra with his eloquent vocabulary and great zeal moved the people gathered in the programme. He along with all the people gathered took the pledge to save our country and follow the act of patriotism.
The chief secretary of the government of Karnataka Shri Subhash Chandra Khuntia was presented with a framed photo of Balak Baji Rout by the chief guest Shri Panda, Pattnaik India Foundation’s founder trustee Dr. S N Mishra and Utkal Bharatee editor Dr. Nirmal Pattnaik. And, a banyan tree sappling to mark the patriotic fervour of the martyred souls was presented to the chief guest by Dr. Mishra and and Dr. Pattnaik.
The main attraction of the evening was Mahika Gupta, a student of Presentation Convent School in Delhi who was conferred with Baji Rout Samman 2016 for act of bravery by the chief guest. In the year 2013-14, she has received Jeevan Raksha Padak from the president of India in recognition of life-saving act in the aftermath of Uttarakhand tragic incident of landslide at Kedarnath.
Devanshi das, a young vibrant student of Cambridge primary school spoke about the life history of Baji Rout.
Many young Delhi University students of Kirori Mal College, Hansraj College and Arts Faculty who shared their feelings for the martyred souls through poetry recitation and reading extracts were Amit, Akriti Ananya, Abhishek Verma, Virendra Vikram Choudhury, Tazubar and Laxman.
Among the other eminent personalitiies who paid tributes to the martyrs were Dr. Kamala Kanta Panda, former registrar of University of Delhi, Dr. Tilomani Bhatt, the founder chairman of Bharatiya Jeevan Sanndesh Trust, advocate Sanjeev Mohanty, Vice president of Odisha Forum, Debraj Mohanty of Teamwork Art, Bidyadhar Pradhan, bureau chief, Utkal Bharatee, Gadadhar Pradhan, treasurer, Kalinga Shiksha Samaj and Amiya Ranjan Nayak of SAARC Law India.
The 19 Martyrs Who Lost Their Lives In The Uri Attacks
1. Subedar Karnail Singh, Jammu & Kashmir.
2. Havildar Ravi Paul, Jammu & Kashmir.
3. Sepoy Rakesh Singh, Bihar.
4. Sepoy Javra Munda, Jharkhand.
5. Sepoy Naiman Kujur, Jharkhand.
6. Sepoy Uike Janrao, Maharashtra.
7. Havildar NS Rawat, Rajasthan.
8. Sepoy Ganesh Shankar, Uttar Pradesh.
9. Naik SK Vidarthi, Bihar.
10. Sepoy Biswajit Ghorai, West Bengal.
11. Lance Naik G Shankar, Maharashtra.
12. Sep G Dalai, West Bengal.
13. Lance Naik R K Yadav, Uttar Pradesh.
14. Sepoy Harinder Yadav, Uttar Pradesh.
15. Sepoy T S Somnath, Maharashtra.
16. Havildar Ashok Kumar Singh, Bihar.
17. Sepoy Rajesh K. Singh, Uttar Pradesh.
18. Sepoy K V Janardhan, Maharashtra.
19. Rashtriya Rifle Gunner Pitabas Majhi, Odisha.
It is pertinent to mention that October 11th is an unforgettable day in the history of India as it was on this date 78 years ago that Baji Rout, a 12-year-old ferry boy from Odisha, was brutally killed by the British soldiers. The death that shook the nation and added fuel to the ongoing freedom struggle made Baji Rout the youngest martyr of freedom struggle in India. Baji Rout is quite unknown outside Odisha. But he is the youngest freedom fighter/martyr of our country.
The 2-hour long programme was anchored by Utkal bharatee art editor Alpana Pattnaik and was concluded by the patriotic song Vande Mataram and national anthem sung by SPC Management Services Ceo Nabajyoti Das. The vote of thanks was proposed by the publication’s editor Dr. Nirmal Pattnaik. The programme was followed by prasad sevan.