Bishnu Sethi Biography

Bishnu Sethi, whose birth name was Bishnu Charan Sethi and who passed away on September 19, 2022, was an Indian politician who served as the deputy leader of the opposition in the Odisha Legislative Assembly. He was born on June 5, 1961, in the Odia language.  He served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Dhamnagar Assembly Constituency.


Sethi was a prominent member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and served as the Vice President of the Odisha Unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Between the years 2000 and 2004, he served as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Chandabali Assembly Constituency.   In addition to that, he was a poet and writer in the Odia literary tradition.

Early life and education 

On June 5, 1961, Sethi was born in the far-flung village of Tihidi, which is located in the district of Bhadrak (Odisha). He never knew his mother and his father, Gayadhar Sethi, was responsible for his upbringing after she passed away when he was quite young. He graduated from Tihidi High School, where he had completed all of his education. Since the beginning of his career in politics, he has maintained relationships with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Akil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

After receiving his degree in History and Library Science from Utkal University, he continued his education at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. He was successful in getting his application for the Odisha Administrative Service into the Odisha Public Service Commission twice. In Tihidi, Bhadrak, where the M.A. English Medium School was established, he was the school’s first secretary.

Early political career 

Sethi’s earliest introduction to politics came in the form of membership in the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, where he was heavily inspired by the political philosophy of Shyama Prasad Mukharjee and Deendayal Upadhyaya. At the age of 30, Sethi stood for election as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Bhadrak parliamentary constituency. This was during the growth of the BJP in India, which was led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L. K. Adwani. After that, he was given the position of secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in the state of Odisha. Because of the way he directed the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bhadrak, the party rose to a more prominent political position there. Three separate occasions saw him assume the role of district president for his party.

Political career 

In the year 1995, he served in the National Council of the Bharatiya Janata Party as a member of the party. After that, he served as the vice president of the BJP scheduled Caste Morcha for the state of Odisha.

In the year 2000, Sethi won the election to serve as a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly representing the Chandabali Legislative constituency.

In the first year of his membership, he had the opportunity to represent Odisha in the Karnataka State Assembly Estimate Committee, where he was able to take part in the discussion. In 2004, Sethi once again ran for the position of MLA as a candidate for the joint alliance of the BJP and the BJD, however he was unsuccessful in that race by a very small margin of votes.

It was in the year 2006 when he was appointed to the position of chairman of the Odisha State Cashew Development Corporation.

As the chairperson of the Corporation, he unexpectedly threw his efforts to increase the cashew cultivation program in Odisha and filed the document about this matter before the Goa Convention.

In the elections for the Dhamanagar assembly constituency that took place in 2009 and 2014, Sethi once again ran as a candidate for the BJP, but he was unsuccessful. In spite of his party’s setbacks, he rose to become the public face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the eastern part of Odisha thanks to his oratorical and organizational abilities. He was given the position of state vice president of the BJP in Odisha in the year 2016.

He will serve on the estimate committee of the Odisha Legislative Assembly after being elected to that position.

In the Odisha Assembly, he served as the Deputy Leader of the BJP Legislature Party.

Political ideology 

Sethi was a follower of “Ekatma Manav Vaad,” often known as the integral humanism theory, which is also the official doctrine of the political organization that Sethi belonged to. He held a firm faith in the ideology of the BJP and in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he was certain that the BJP would keep all of the promises it had made to the country during the general election. He was confident that Prime Minister Modi would steer India toward becoming a global giant in the not too distant future. In addition, Sethi had faith in Dharmendra Pradhan’s method of work as well as his strong political will strength for the growth of Eastern India and Odisha.

Literature works 

Sethi was Bisesh Khabar’s sub-editor. He edited the cultural quarterly Ghasaphula. ‘Sironama Sirodharya’ reflects numerous socio-cultural challenges and their remedies. he wrote Nirmaya Aakash Tale and Niswa Matira Swara Also, he was interested in short stories and Odia history, culture, legacy, and language. His columns appeared in Odia publications and periodicals. He is a senator at the Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar.

Last year, he organized the Literary Assembly of college and school kids. He worked on ‘Utkal Sammilani’

He was a member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, which promotes Indian architectural and cultural heritage.

During his first term in the Odisha Legislative Assembly, he urged the state to establish Bande Utkal Janani as the official state anthem.