The book Banamali Das and his Times is an important edition to the existing Odishan historiography. It deals with the important personality of Banamali Das hailing from Nilgiri princely State of Odisha. As a leader of the Prajamandal movement in Nilgiri state, he successfully fought against the royal tyranny which ultimately led to the integration of Nilgiri into Indian Union. This paved a way to the other princely states into Indian Union. He was wedded to the ideology of Communism and dedicated his entire life for the cause of workers, peasants, poor and down-trodden. He also played a vital role during Quit-India movement in Odisha. He also participated in electoral politics and elected thrice from Nilgiri constituency in 1967, 1971 and in 1974.
A great orator, prolific writer and voracious reader, he participated actively in legislative Assembly deliberations during his tenure. He remained in politics till 1985.
After his retirement from active politics, he was influenced by Padmashree Manoj Das, the famous writer of Odisha and joined the Aurobinda Pathachakra of Nilgiri in 1992.
Under the influence of the ideology of Aurobinda he founded the Sri Aurobinda Sikshya Kendra.
He was a reputed writer and his writings were the flora and fauna of the deep loyality to his motherland and the voice of the proletarian creed. He was one of the founders of CPIM in Odisha in 1964.
He was the first secretary in Nilgiri, first CPIM leader in Odisha Legislative Assembly, first editor of the News Paper Samyabadi and first president in Odisha Kishansabha.
His association with Communist party, role in Kishan movement and other organisations made him unique for the leftist movement in Odisha.
The book has been divided into six chapters.
Chapter-I is the brief sketch of early life, career and achievements of Banamali Das.
Chapter-II deals with the roles, methods and techniques he adopted for leading the Prajamandal movement.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr.Surendra Kumar Biswal, Lecturer in History, Srinibas Degree College, Mangalpur, Soro, Balasore, Odisha.