Bhubaneswar: Deepak Malaviya, the national president of Lok Sevak Mandal and chairman of the Samaja, yesterday met the President president Ram Nath Kovind and extended invitation for his gracious presence in the centenary celebration of leading Odia daily Samaja.
Malaviya accompanied by union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Kovind seeking his presence in the yearlong centenary celebration of the leading daily, which has become of the mouthpiece of Odia people.
The Samaja which was founded by Utkalmani Gopabandhu in 1919 has gone on to become the mouthpiece for Odias till the present day for its impartial and unbiased news reporting. The popular Odia daily has now become the leading Odia newspaper with pan-Odisha presence with huge readership following. This is because of the fact that the Samaja has gloriously marched on the path of Utkalmani of serving the poor and downtrodden through a series of philanthropic work.
Utkalmani had launched it as a weekly from Satyabadi in Puri district of Odisha to facilitate the freedom struggle and to revive the Odia language. Under his leadership, and with the support of local people, the paper grew into prominence. In 1928, just before the death of Das, the paper was handed over to Lok Sevak Mandal (Servants of People Society), a non-profit organization started by freedom-fighter Lala Lajapatrai.