Biography of Nandini Satpathy - The former Chief Minister of Orissa

Nandini Satpathy was a politician and writer. She worked as Minister in Central Government and as Chief Minister of Orissa.

Early Life of Nandini Satpathy

Nandini Satpathy was born on 9th June 1931 in Pithapur, a place in Cuttack district, Orissa. She was the daughter of Padmabhushan Kalindi Charan Panigrahi. Her father was the famous writer of Orissa. Nandini Satpathy is the grand daughter of the freedom fighter Swapneswar Panigrahi.

Nandini Satpathy had always shown interest in politics and literature when she was a student. She did her Master's Degree in Oriya Literature from Ravenshaw College Cuttack. While studying in college, she was involved in the leadership activities. She was also jailed by participating in National Youth Movement during 1951.

Marriage and Family of Nandini Satpathy

During the participation in student movement, she met Devendra Satpathy, whom she got married later. Nandini Satpathy's sons are Nachiketa Satpathy and Tathagata Satpathy. At present, Tathagata Satpathy is a Loksabha MP representing Biju Janata Dal from Dhenkanal, Orissa. Nandini Satpathy's grand son Suparno Satpathy is a socialist, politician, writer and businessman.

Political Career of Nandini Satpathy

Nandini Satpathy was always interested to join politics from a very young age. So she joined Congress party and became the President of Women Forum. She met Indira Gandhi in Chennai during the annual meeting of Congress party and then she became close to each other gradually.

Nandini Satpathy joined Rajya Sabha in 1962. When Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India, Nandini Satpathy became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting and brought many development in this department. Then after few years, she returned to Orissa to handle the state Congress party. She became the Chief Minister of Orissa in 14th June 1972 and served till 3rd March 1973. Then the Sate Assembly dissolved and Nandini satpathy again re-elected and served her 2nd term as Chief minister of Orissa from 6th March 1973 to 16th December 1976.

In 1989, she joined Indian National Congress and got elected as M.L.A. and was working as M.L.A. till 2004.

Literarture Work of Nandini Satpathy

Nandini Satpathy has written many books. her books are published in many languages. She also had translated some famous books to Oriya language. Her one of significant work is the translation of Tasrima Nasleen's 'Lajja' in Oriya Language.

Later Life and Death of Nandini Satpathy

Nandini Satpathy was charged in different cases against her in 1977. But she came out clear and was proved to be clean, but it took 15 years of fight in court to prove her innocence.

Nandini Satpathy died on 4th August, 2006 in her residence in Bhubaneswar. She died of illness.

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