15th August 2022 – India’s 75th Independence Day was being celebrated at Keonjhar town in Odisha with great pomp. At least 300 people had gathered for the occasion.
The air filled with claps. Everyone was cheering for me – Damayanti Nayak. Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks as I received the ‘Adarsh Chasi Award’ (meaning ‘An Ideal Farmer’) from Smt. Pramila Mallik, the Minister of Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Odisha. Shri Ashish Thakare, the District Collector, and many other officials were present too.