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It's Gandhi Jayanti, but Jagulaipada pays tribute to Nayak

October 03, 2003 00:26 IST

Every year Jagulaipada, a non-descript village in Orissa's Kendrapara district, observes Gandhi Jayanti by paying tributes to Raghunath Nayak.

Raghunath who? is a typical reaction.

Very few outside the village know about Nayak's valour on the fateful day when Gandhiji fell to an assassin's bullets.

Nayak, who worked as a gardener in the Birla House, grappled with and pinned down Nathuram Godse after the latter had fired lethal shots at Gandhiji on January 30, 1948.

But for all his bravery Nayak remained unnoticed and unsung during his lifetime. The people Jagulaipada, however, continue to treasure his memory. And every year on Gandhi's birth and death anniversary they remember Nayak.

"We observe Gandhi Jayanti and martyr's day by holding prayer meetings and garlanding the portraits of both the Mahatma and Raghunath," Kali Prasanna Nayak, a local teacher, said.

Nayak passed away on August 13, 1983. Nayak's widow, Mandodari, receives a monthly pension of Rs 25 by Birla House Management for the services rendered by her husband.

But with the death of her son Bidyadhar, a driver in the Orissa Police, in an accident few years ago, the family's income has been reduced to a trickle.


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Sub: Atlast a note on Gandhi.. Shame on you Rediff

Hello Rediff, Shame on you. You have made you value even less than nothing. You have ample resources running behind then news for movie stars ...


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Sub: nayak

nathuram godse surrendered himself after shooting gandhi and had no intention to run away. nayak might have pounced on him, but certainly didn't catch him ...


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Sub: Pension Hike for Nayak's Widow

Hi, It was a wonderful article. i just wanted to know as to how can we help Nayak's widow.....can the government hike the pension or ...


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Sub: Gandhi Jayanthi with a difference

Well monthly pension of Rs.25 is nothing... I think the poor widow and other members of the family require much more than Rs.25, especially when ...


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Sub: Media please note

such a person should be noted by other media and they should strive to get this personality his due credit or limelight


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