Nabakrushna Choudhuri

Nabakrushna Choudhuri

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Nabakrushna Choudhuri Profile

  • Name:
  • Nabakrushna Choudhuri
  • Born:
  • November 23, 1901
  • Died:
  • June 24, 1984
  • Father:
  • Gokulananda Choudhuri
  • Spouse:
  • Malati Choudhury

Nabakrushna Choudhuri Biography

Nabakrushna Choudhuri was an Indian politician, freedom fighter, social worker and activist from Cuttack, Orissa. He served as the chief minister of Orissa during the period, 12 May 1950 – 19 October 1956, associated with Indian National Congress. He was a freedom fighter and activist, who became a part of Non-cooperation Movement, Civil Disobedience movement and Peasants movement. His wife Malati Choudhury was also an Indian civil rights and freedom activist and Gandhian. The couple worked together in their social activities as well as freedom struggle movement. The duo met at Shantiniketan, West Bengal. His brother Gopabandhu Choudhuri was also a freedom fighter.


Nabakrushna Choudhuri was born on 23 November 1901 in Khersa, Jagatsinghpur. He belonged to a rich Zamindar family, born as the son of Gokulananda Choudhuri. His father was an advocate by profession. He completed matriculation at the age of 15, and waited for one year due to age restriction. Later he continued his studies at Ravenshaw College. When his brother Gopabandhu Choudhuri resigned from British government service and joined freedom struggle movement, he got deeply influenced by the move. Bolshevik revolution also gave a great impact on him.


In 1921 he left the Ravenshaw College along with few of his classmates, and joined non-cooperation movement. Since then he got fully involved with social activities. He lost his father at that time, but received support from his elder brother, who was already a social activist. He went to Sabarmati Ashram to learn about Khadi, and the process to make it. In 1925, Nabakrushna went to Shantiniketan further studies on instructions of Mahatma Gandhi, where he met his future wife. After independence, he was fully involved with politics, and became the second chief minister of Odisha.


Published: January 05, 2020

Updated: January 05, 2020

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