Biju babu never flew a fighter aircraft, he was a transport pilot. But, even as a transport pilot, he possibly saved many more lives than he would have as a fighter pilot. When a journalist asked Biju babu on his 79th birthday about the sort of death he wished for, he had replied, “I would like to die in an air crash rather than from prolonged illness. I would like to die instantly- just fall down and die”. Such was the man- a true daredevil who did not want to die idle. An agreement was signed between India’s Intelligence Bureau, America’s Central Intelligence Agency and the Chu Shi Gandruk. Biju Patnaik met the Dalai Lama, as Nehru’s emissary, and convinced him to give his tacit support. Biju Babu’s first spell as a Chief Minister lasted just 27 months; in spite of his short stint, he left an indelible mark in the history of emergent Odisha. Biju Patnaik had to pay a bitter price for this venture, just three months later. On 29th July, the Dutch shot down one of his Dakotas bearing Call Number VT-CLA, killing seven crewmen and a senior Indonesian military official. Years later, President Suharto conferred on Biju Patnaik the State honour of Bhumiputra. Both Chavan and Shastri apprised Biju Patnaik of the threat from Indonesia, and how the battle plans would go awry if the Andamans front was opened. Chavan offered him an IAF aircraft, but Biju Patnaik insisted that he would go on his own. When he was questioned by the Press on his further role in Defence matters, Biju quipped that he was the Chief Minister of Odisha, but his services for the Nation were always available.