116th Birth Anniversary of GANDHI OF Malkanagiri Saheed Laxman Nayak is immortal for #Odisha #Koraput
Tribal resistance movement was an integral part of freedom struggle. There is a long and illustrious list of tribal resistance movement took place in different parts of Odisha. But nothing could be more inspiring and edifying than the saga of heroic struggle and sacrifice of one single tribal leader of Koraput whose feats and exploits till today are nonparallel. This great man is no other than Laxman Nayak (November 22, 1899 – March 29, 1943). He fought single handed against the oppressive foreign rulers with consummate skill and a rare passion and fervour of a fighter. He was the very fountain of grit, courage and strength to countless followers and co-workers and shone by rare brilliance. He stood up like a rock with only one supreme truth as his polestar, the freedom of his mother land. He sacrificed all his creature comforts and ultimately consumed himself but did not break or bend a bit before the wily machination of the foreign usurpers.
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This tribal hero Laxman Nayak was attracted towards the National Movement, when the message of Congress Movement reached Koraput. He became an active member of the Congress in enrolling as “charanna” member of the #IndianNationalCongress. Laxman Naik took the charge of President of the Congress primary committee at Matili in Koraput in 1942.
He spearheaded the fight against oppression, sufferings and exploitation. During the Quit India Movement 1942, Laxman Nayak was nominated to represent Matili. He used non-violence as a main weapon against colonial power. The tribal people called him “Gandhi of Malkangiri.” The tribal movement created an unprecedented public awakening in Koraput. The message of Quit India Movement was circulated in the whole of Koraput. It was on August 21, 1942, tribals from different villages moved towards Matili, holding a Congress flag and chanted ‘Ramdhun’ and proceeded towards police station. They entered the compound of police station and tried to hoist the flag at the top of the Police Station.
Laxman Nayak was not allowed to hoist flag, as the Magistrate Mujibur Rahman ordered ‘Lathi’ charge on the demonstrators. The angry demonstrators gave patriotic slogans. Two police officials Ram Murty and constable Mohanty were injured. As the police opened firing, 5 died on spot and 17 injured. The injured Laxman was thrown into the ditch near the compound. It was a blessing in disguise for the police to involve Laxman in a murder case of forest guard G. Rammaya. He along with his son and other Congress workers were arrested at Matili police station and were sent to Koraput. The Additional Session Judge, Koraput sentenced Laxman Naik to death under section 302 of IPS. He was then sent to Berhampur Jail for execution.
Laxman Nayak was in the cell since November 16, 1942. At the break of dawn on March 29, 1943 by 5.30 a.m., Laxman Naik gallantly marched towards the Gallows. He wished his last; “If the sun is true, and so is the moon, it is then equally true that mother India shall be independent.” Though Laxman Nayak did not live to see free India, he remained imprinted in the minds of millions of people of India as the leader of leaders.
Src of Article :- Gorvachove Pothal