Writer Hussain Rabi Gandhi passes away

Bhubaneswar: Author Hussain Rabi Gandhi passed away today in Odisha’s Cuttack. He was 75.

Gandhi breathed his last while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.

Notably, Gandhi served as the general secretary of Biju Janata Dal from upon its formation in 1998 till 2005.

He basically writes in Odia language. He was awarded with the Secular India Harmony Award in 1993 by the former President of India, Giani Zail Singh and with the Gangadhar Meher Kabita award in 2015 for his notable contributions to the field of Odia poetry.

He also served as the President of Odisha Sahitya Akademi from 2008 to 2010.