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Ramadevi Choudhury
Born (1899-12-03)3 December 1899
Satyabhamapur village, Cuttack district
Died 22 July 1985(1985-07-22) (aged 85)
Cuttack, Orissa
Nationality Indian
Other names Ma Rama Devi
Occupation Indian independence activists

Ramadevi Choudhury ( born in Cuttack, 3 December 1899 - Died 22 July 1985 ) was an Indian freedom fighter and a social reformer. Among women freedom fighters of Odisha, she occupied a unique and unparallel position who played an outstanding role in the freedom movement of the state.[1] She was called Maa (Mother) by the people of Orissa. She was the daughter of Gopal Ballav Das and the niece of Utkal Gaurab Madhusudan Das. At the age of 15, she married Gopabandhu Choudhury, then a Deputy Collector; the two together joined the Indian independence movement in 1921.[2] After the Independence of India in 1947, Rama Devi dedicated herself to the cause of Bhoodan and Gramdan movement of Acharya Vinoba Bhave.[3] Along with her husband she traveled on foot about 4000 kilometres across the state to propagate the message of gifting land and wealth to the landless and poor.

In recognition of her services to the nation, Ramadevi was honoured with the Jamnalal Bajaj Award [4][5] on the 4th November, 1981 and the Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris causa) by Utkal University on the 16th April, 1984. She died on 22 July 1985.

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  1. Women pioneers in India's renaissance, as I remember her, by Sushila Nayar, Kamla Mankekar. National Book Trust, India, 2002. ISBN 81-237-3766-1. Page 216.
  2. Philomena Royappa Reddy; P. Sumangala (1998). Women in development: perspectives from selected states of India. B.R. Pub. Corp.. ISBN 978-81-7018-978-7. http://books.google.com/books?id=RkG3AAAAIAAJ. Retrieved 22 April 2011. . Rama Devi Rama Devi along with her husband Gopabandu Choudhury joined the Freedom Movement in 1921
  3. Dharam Paul Chowdhry (1992*). Profile of voluntary action in social welfare and development. Siddhartha Publishers. ISBN 978-81-85464-01-5. http://books.google.com/books?id=yqFIAAAAYAAJ. Retrieved 22 April 2011. . In 1952 the Bhoodan and Gramdan movement claimed the services of both Mrs. Rama Devi and her...
  4. "Jamnalal Bajaj Awards Archive". Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. http://www.jamnalalbajajfoundation.org/awards/archives/2010. 
  5. British Empire Leprosy Relief Association. Indian Council; Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh (1 January 1982). Leprosy in India. Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh. http://books.google.com/books?id=UlU2AAAAIAAJ. Retrieved 22 April 2011. . JAMNALAL BAJAJ AWARDS, 1981 The Jamnalal Bajaj Awards are given every year for outstanding contributions in any one or more ... Award III was awarded to Smt. Ramadevi Gopabandhu Choudhuri ofCuttackfor her outstanding contribution to the ...

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