Biju Patnaik: The Rainmaker of Opposition Politics

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Rupa Publications India
| Author:
Bhaskar Parichha
| Language:
English
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Transitioning from pilot to freedom fighter, businessman to politician, Biju Patnaik was a multifaceted
leader and towering regional icon who has left behind an impactful legacy. Step into the riveting
saga of Biju Patnaik, the icon of resurgent opposition politics, through this compelling biography,
Biju Patnaik: The Rainmaker of Opposition Politics. His journey, from leaving office in 1963 to
reclaiming it in 1990, epitomized resilience and rebirth in politics. Whether as chief minister or
Opposition leader, Patnaik’s unwavering connection with the people of Odisha defied conventional
politics. Navigating triumphs and trials, Patnaik wielded immense influence, shaping the state’s destiny.
His adept manoeuvring from the state secretariat to the corridors of power in Delhi showcased
unparalleled strategic prowess, strengthening Opposition alliances and advocating for a credible
alternative to the dominant Congress. Biju had tremendous faith in Opposition unity, considering
it vital for the survival of democracy in the country. A visionary and unifier, Biju Patnaik’s legacy
as a stalwart of Opposition unity echoes through the captivating pages of this stirring account.

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Transitioning from pilot to freedom fighter, businessman to politician, Biju Patnaik was a multifaceted
leader and towering regional icon who has left behind an impactful legacy. Step into the riveting
saga of Biju Patnaik, the icon of resurgent opposition politics, through this compelling biography,
Biju Patnaik: The Rainmaker of Opposition Politics. His journey, from leaving office in 1963 to
reclaiming it in 1990, epitomized resilience and rebirth in politics. Whether as chief minister or
Opposition leader, Patnaik’s unwavering connection with the people of Odisha defied conventional
politics. Navigating triumphs and trials, Patnaik wielded immense influence, shaping the state’s destiny.
His adept manoeuvring from the state secretariat to the corridors of power in Delhi showcased
unparalleled strategic prowess, strengthening Opposition alliances and advocating for a credible
alternative to the dominant Congress. Biju had tremendous faith in Opposition unity, considering
it vital for the survival of democracy in the country. A visionary and unifier, Biju Patnaik’s legacy
as a stalwart of Opposition unity echoes through the captivating pages of this stirring account.

About Author

Bhaskar Parichha is a Bhubaneswar-based journalist and author with a broad spectrum of interests. He is the author of four books, including Unbiased: Writings on India, No Strings Attached: Writings on Odisha and Madhubabu: The Global Indian. His essay collection titled Naveen @ 25: Perspectives was recently published. He has also co-edited a book on Bhubaneswar and Odisha.
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