Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 15:16:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: an addition to the list

Dear Sir,

Can you please add to the list of celebreties, the name of MINATI MOHAPATRA?

Though she happens to be my sister, I am sending her name because I strongly feel that her contributions to Orissa is immense. She has done so much for Orissa that we should not forget her . She happens to be the FIRST female Arjuna Award winner for Orissa and also the first to win in cycling. She is the only Oriya so far, who has been born and bought up in Orissa and has never abandoned Orissa for participation in National games. She was the National Champion in Cycling from 1971-1979. Even during her time, she was getting good offers from other states like Punjab, but she felt that she has to compete for Orissa.

I hope, this should be enough explanation for her name to be included, so that at least somewhere people keep her achievements in memory.


Partha S Mohapatra,
University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY, USA

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