17 AUGUST PARBATI GIRI (1926 to 1995)
Parbati Giri, “The Mother Teresa of Western Orissa”, was born on 19 January 1926 at Samlaipadar village in the Bargarh district of Odisha. At the age of 11, she dropped out of school and started working with the local assembly of Congress workers. She adopted Gandhism as a way of life, and her work manifested this virtue. She learnt the art of weaving and making handicrafts and the importance of social work. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, with the tri-colour flag in hand, she participated in rallies shouting anti-British slogans and never shied away from showing her strong opposition to the British establishment. Her fearless attitude towards the British was in stark contrast to the compassion and dedication with which she worked for the welfare of the people. She was called “Banhi Kanya” for her resilience, aggressive nationalistic sentiments, and free expression. Parbati Giri passed away on 17 August 1995 after a prolonged illness. Image from the portal
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