01 March, 2021

‘I Had No Great Love For The Trappings Of Power’

Odisha Chief Minsiter Naveen Patnaik, who won the Outlook SpeakOut Award for the Best Administrator this year, talks about the secret behind hus success...

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘I Had No Great Love For The Trappings Of Power’

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been at the helm in Ori­ssa for the past 17 years, having won four consecutive assembly elections. Under his leadership, the state has made rapid strides on different parameters of development. In 2016-17, it has clocked a gross state domestic product (GSDP) growth rate of 7.94 per cent, higher than the national average of 7.1 per cent, and witnessed a sharp decline in poverty. Outlook spoke to the chief minister, who won the Best Administrator Award at the Outlook SpeakOut Awards this year, about the secrets behind his success.

Could you please describe Biju Patnaik as a father? For us, he is a freedom fighter, a daredevil pilot, an entrepreneur, a federalist. What struck you most as a son?

Of course, he was a beloved father to us. And then, as you said, there was his record during World War II, as a freedom fighter, as a great entrepreneur and an extremely successful...

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