HOTA, SHRI BHABANI SHANKAR, M.A., [Janata Dal—Orissa, Sambalpur, 1989]: s. of Late Janardan Hota; b. at Tihura*, Sambalpur, District Orissa, September 7, 1949; ed. at Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar, Sambalpur, Orissa; m. Bijoy Laxmi Hota, June 30, 1982, 1 s.; Trade Unionist, Writer, Political and Social Worker, Sportsman, Artiste;
Committee Experience: Member, Public Accounts Committee, May 1, 1990 and Consultative Committee, Ministry of Energy, 1990;
Publications: Short stories and articles in newspapers and magazines;
Special Interests: Protection of ecology and environment;
Sports and Clubs: Office Bearer, District Atheletic Association for more than 4 years; established cultural and literary clubs;
Social Activities: To fight against untouchability and drinking; improvement of health and sanitation; promotion of education among tribals and Harijans; drought-relief work in Kalahandi, Bolangir and Sambalpur districts of Orissa;
Other Information: Launched the ‘Save Gandhamardan Movement’ to protect the ecology of Gandhamardan hill-range against the plans to set up BALCO; Stage Artist during college days; Secy. Genl. All-India University Employees Confederation since 1977; National Secretary and one of the founder members of Hind Mazdoor Kisan Panchayat; led a number of farmers’ movements in Sambalpur, Founder-Convener, Orissa Krishak Mahasangh at the State level;
Address: Deheripali, P.O. Budharaja, District Sambalpur, Orissa 768004.
*Now non-existent as it was submerged under the Hirakud Dam.