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Lokanath Misra

Early life:

Lokanath Misra was born on 21st November 1922. He studied in Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.


Contribution to Constitution making:

Misra was elected from the Constituent Assembly from Odisha on a Congress party ticket. He intervened in the debates on freedom of religion, national language, and the right to property.


Later Contributions:

Misra was elected twice to the Orissa state legislative assembly as a member of the Congress party. Later, he joined the Swatantra party and became its vice-president. In 1977, he joined the Janata Party.


Misra was nominated to the Rajya for three consecutive terms, from 1960 to 1978. From 1991 to 1997, he served as the Governor of three north-eastern states – Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.


Misra passed away on 27th May 2009.

Misra was not part of any committees in the Constituent Assembly.

  1. Misra opposed the right to propagate religion as a fundamental right as he felt that it would increase communalism.
  2. He argued that a strong centre could only be achieved by adopting a common language.
  3. Misra warned the Assembly that if it would cause unnecessary conflict if they did not define the term ‘property’, ‘possession’ and ‘acquisition’ in the context of Article 31,