Bishwanath Das

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Bishwanath Dash
ବିଶ୍ଵନାଥ ଦାସ
Bishwanath Dash
7th Chief Minister of Odisha
In office
3 April 1971 – 14 June 1972
GovernorShaukatullah Shah Ansari
Sardar Jojendra Singh (Acting)
Preceded byPresident's Rule
Succeeded byNandini Satpathy
Governor of Uttar Pradesh
In office
16 April 1962 – 30 April 1967
Preceded byBurgula Ramakrishna Rao
Succeeded byBezawada Gopala Reddy
Prime Minister of Odisha
In office
19 July 1937 – 4 November 1939
Preceded byCaptain Krishna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo
Succeeded byGovernor's rule
Personal details
Born(1889-03-08)8 March 1889
Belagan, Ganjam district, Madras Presidency, British India
Died2 June 1984(1984-06-02) (aged 95)
Cuttack, Odisha, India
Political partyUnited Front
Residence(s)Kaji Bazar, Cuttack
EducationB.A., B.L.
Alma materRavenshaw College
Calcutta University

Bishwanath Das (8 March 1889 – 2 June 1984) named after birth as Biswanath Dash was a politician, lawyer and philanthropist from India. He was the prime minister of Odisha Province of British India 1937–39, the governor of Uttar Pradesh 1962–67 and later the chief minister of Odisha 1971–72.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 8 March 1889 in a Brahmin family at Belgan village in Ganjam District of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, which is in the state of Odisha. He graduated from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. Married at an early age his only child Dr. Trinath Dash also followed on the steps of philanthropic legal practice for the poor. [1]

Political career[edit]

Bishwanath Das supported the Indian independence movement from both Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. He was a member of the legislative council of Madras Province from 1921 to 1930. He was instrumental in the creation of a separate state for the Odia-speaking people. After the separation of Odisha on 1 April 1936, he became its prime minister (premier) on 19 July 1937.[2] He became a member of the Constituent Assembly of India in 1946 representing Orissa. He served as the governor of Uttar Pradesh from 16 April 1962 to 30 April 1967.[3] In 1966, he was made the president of Servants of the People Society (Lok Sevak Mandal founded by Lala Lajpat Rai). After the Odisha Vidhan Sabha election in 1971, the Utkal Congress, the Swatantra Party and the Jharkhand Party formed a United Front and he became the chief minister of the United Front government, in Odisha. He was in office from 3 April 1971 to 14 June 1972. He set up multiple trusts for providing free legal support, food and vedantic learning institutions for the poor in Orissa and Uttar Pradesh from his lifetime earnings and salary. The institutions include Veda Bhavan at Puri.[4]


  1. ^ Das, B.; Rath, S.N. (1990). Bishwanath Das, a tribute: published on the occasion of Bishwanath Das Birth Centenary Celebration held under the auspices of the Utkal University. Dept. of Political Science, Utkal University. p. 19. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  2. ^ Orissa State Archives (1997). Reflections on the National Movement in Orissa. Orissa State Archives. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  3. ^ Bureau, OB (26 November 2019). "Know Odisha Greats Who Helped Frame India's Constitution - ODISHA BYTES". ODISHA BYTES. Retrieved 31 July 2020. As members of the Constituent Assembly, several eminent personalities from Odisha too had made seminal contributions to the historic event on November 26, 1949. These included Bishwanath Das, Bichitrananda Das, Sarangadhar Das,...
  4. ^ Orissa State Museum (1993). The Orissa Historical Research Journal. Superintendent of Research and Museum. p. 46. Retrieved 31 July 2020.

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