Mr. Gokulananda Pattnaik is a practicing lawyer in the Orissa High Court, Cuttack, on a range of subjects which include constitutional, civil, service and environmental law and has been associated with various media organizations in India. He is a regular contributor of articles on current topics to different newspapers and periodicals. He has authored five books which were highly acclaimed by both the media and legal circles.
He has unique accumenship in writing legal matters of modern times. Mr. Pattnaik is the son of Late Prof. Harihar Pattnaik, an eminent scientist and former Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University, Odisha. He has completed his Matriculation from Ravenshaw Collegiate School in 1974 and graduated from Khallikote College, Berhampur, in Political Science (Hons.) in 1978.He stood First in the merit list in B.A.(Pol.Sc.) Hons. in Berhampur University and selected for an award under National Scholarships Scheme of Government of India in 1978.He completed his M.A. in Political Science from University of Delhi in 1980.After completion of his L.L.B. Degree from Utkal University he started practicing law in Orissa High Court in the year 1987. Mr. Pattnaik has worked as a Legal Correspondent of the Odia daily “Samaya” from 1996 to 2007 and also worked as an Honorary Legal Correspondent of the English daily “The Hindustan Times” from 2001 to 2004.He is the Honorary Chairman of a voluntary organization named “Parivartan” and working for the cause of deprived sections of the society. He is closely associated with the Ramkrishna Cottage and is now the Joint Secretary of the institution.
Being an animal lover he has become a life-member of “People For Animal” and also of “Beauty Without Cruelty”. Apart from that he is associated with a number of social and cultural organizations. Having a passion for art and culture Mr. Pattnaik has taken up painting as his hobby. Painting is his best past time. Apart from that having interests in philately he is collecting postage stamps since his schooldays. Mr. Pattnaik was awarded the 7th Rajdhani Pustaka Mela Award -2007 for his book “Panchama Stambha”(Odia).His other books are “Freedom of Expression & Court Reporting”(English), “Crime Reporting”(English),”Sishu Adhikar”(Odia) and “Lok Adalat”(Odia).Mr. Pattnaik was felicitated with “Vivekananda Gyan Mandir Samman-2014” by the Vivekananda Gyan Mandir,Bangali Sahi,Cuttack.