About Mayadhar Nayak

Childhood : Born to parents Gangadhar Nayak and Hiramani Devi, Mayadhar had a protective and prosperous childhood.

Education : Graduated in Humanities, he pursued economics which was his cup of tea in Post-Graduate Department in Ravenshaw College at Cuttack.

Student Leader : After a long stint in student politics in 1964 and 1969 all Odisha Student's movements, he switched on directly to politics and public life.

Journalist : His love of journalism as a dare devil reporter catapulted him to the war fronts in Bangladesh from where he used to report home for “The Samaj”.

Trade Union Leader : He upheld the cross of trade unionism for the uplift of the working class ... mines workers, peasants, port workers, steel workers and paper mill workers and never looked back since then till date. He has visited Kremlin in 1988 to make an in-depth of the working class there.

Champion of displaced :
A champion of the displaced persons seeking ever their rehabilitation and resettlement, held deliberations and dialogues with Government of India and various State Governments and with innumerable industrial houses.

Political Leader :A revolutionary angry young cadre throughout salad days he has had abandoned many lucrative offers to serve needy and downtrodden in the country.


Social Activist :Championed the cause of the underdogs of the society from Koraput to Sudergarh and from Jharsuguda to Cuttack, and Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur to Puri as a mass leader, popular in all parts of rural Odisha among the downtrodden.

Jail Life : As an ardent champion of democracy and as a true believer in the cause of insaniyat or humanity Nayak knew no compromise. No wonder, then he had invited the wrath and disdain of the powers who ruled the State during the era of emergency and so was put behind the bars for over a period of 19 months, languishing in Cuttack Central Jail from June 1975 to January 1977.

Long March : He led a long foot march of 5000 pedestrians commencing from Sukinda Chrome-Valley to Odisha Secretariat persisting on a demand for second steel plant in Kalinga Nagar.He undertook a second marathon procession of foot-march, stretching a distance of 200 kms. in seven days from Keonjhar to Bhubaneswar that created furore in the corridors of power.

Chalo Delhi :His Delhi March with 10,000 committed suffering people demanding a national calamity status for Odisha due to killer super cyclone of 1999, a record of history.

As an Editor : He has been editing a tabloid “Odisha Bhuin” brought out fortnightly that is known for its free and fearless opinions.

As an Author : Nayak has contributed immensely from his powerful pen by authoring more then two dozens books. He has been published in newspapers and periodicals not only in Odisha but also the pan-Indian level.

Family : Lest One Forgets : Behind the success of every man, there is a woman. Educationist, writer and social activist Mrs. Indira Das seen with her husband Mayadhar Nayak and loving children cine-star Akash, caring daughter-in-law Subhrajyoti, affectionate daughter Bhumika and juhi the loving grand daughter.