Fire of Bhasa Andolan Spreads: Assembly adjourned on the issue of Governance of Orissa in Oriya

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

movement logoBhasa Andolan has reached its 16th day of silent black-flag march demanding provision of punishment against whosoever contravenes Orissa Official Language Act.

That, silence also creates powerful noise if used in movements of public importance, is being witnessed in the well-defined support “Bhasa Andolan” is gaining.

It is of utmost significance that the Orissa Assembly in session has been adjourned till 12.15 pm today, as the Opposition wanted to know as to why the government is reluctant to stop continuous contravention of the official language Act, enforced with immediate effect since 1954.

Congress members displaced placards demanding immediate enforcement of the Act in its entirety and unfailingly.

For the first time, the Assembly has been adjourned on the issue of Governance of Orissa in Oriya.

Non-Oriya rule over Orissa must end

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

movement logoPeople do not need any particular politician to serve them, but the politicians volunteer to serve the people presenting all the areas where they can render the best of their service. So, in democracy, political leaders are political servants of the people, not their masters. But, it seems, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is considering himself as the master of the people of Orissa.

The syndrome is so putrefying that when he leaves or enters into the Secretariat, senior citizens, even celebrities, who, in supporting the Bhasa Andolan, join the silent black-flag march, are being often obstructed for 15 to 20 minutes on the road by the police!

His party men, who are his de facto factotums, should tell him that in posing the master he is making a farce of himself. If he continues to head the BJD brand political servants of the people till end of this elected term, he shall again seek permission of the people in the next election to serve them and the people of Orissa may or may not permit him to serve them.

His protégés should help him read this reality that despite the constitutional position he occupies, as a chief minister he is the chief political servant of the people, not their master.

If he needs any instance to understand the phenomenon, let him be reminded that, when his father Biju Patnaik had done the mistake of posing as the master, even his own staff in the State Secretariat had treated him like the people treat a mad dog. A journalist had saved him from fatal head injury and whatever worst could have happened by instantly dragging him out of the range of a soil-filled heavy pot of plant the employees had hurled at him as a missile. The next election saw him rejected by the people of Orissa.

Non-Oriya Rule Must End

People of Orissa had fought against non-Oriya rule during the British days and had created Orissa for the sole purpose of administration of their soil in Oriya language only.

The first Utkal Divas after independence i.e. the 1st of April, 1948 had laid down in the single resolution of the specially convened interim Assembly that the first work of the first elected Assembly must be enactment of the people’s desire that Oriya shall be the language to be used for all or any official work in Orissa and accordingly, the Orissa Official Language Act was enacted by the first elected Assembly and enforced with immediate effect in 1954. Thus the said Act is entirely meant to free the people from non-Oriya rule. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cannot escape condemnation for having violated this Act blatantly with self-proclaimed immunity.

We, in Bhasa Andolan, want punishment to whosoever contravenes this core law of Orissa.

niyamavaliThe law suggested is very much in the website, which the government has floated. We want the same in situ or in any form the government may prefer, be enacted through the Assembly providing therein punishment for contraveners of the Orissa Official Language Act. For contravention of any law there is punishment, and it is just and proper to insert the provisions for punishment against contravention of this Act, on which, Orissa stands.

Till then, the black-flag march shall continue.

Non-Oriya rule over Orissa must end.

Stop Torturing Illustrious Participants In Bhasa Andolan, Dear Chief Minister Of Orissa And Accept The Demand

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Bhavani babu resigned to the ground

“Mr. Naveen Patnaik, look at this picture. Tortured, as your police did not allow the peaceful silent march of Bhasa Andolan in order to ensure your entry into or exit from the secretariat like an autocratic royal, this eminent freedom fighter, who had joined the Bhasa Andolan in black-flag demonstration against illegal governance of Orissa in non-Oriya language, and against habitual contravention of Orissa Official Language Act by your government including yourself, collapsed to the ground. He is Bhavani Charan Patnaik, senior-most living freedom fighter at the age of 95. Whether or not you know, he was very close to your father Biju Patnaik and that your father had become the chief minister of Orissa, was possible, because of his close friends like Bhavani Babu.

We have every right to demand for governance of Orissa in Oriya, which you have been denying us. We have every justification in demanding that Rules be made to punish whosoever contravenes the Orissa Official Act, 1954.

We have given your government a draft Rules on which your administration has been nonchalantly sleeping for many months.

Against this willful assault on our mother-tongue and on our innumerable brothers and sisters who do not know any language than our mother tongue Oriya, we have been conducting the protest black-flag rally, under notice to your government, silently, daily since 13th April at 5 pm, which starts from the front of the Assembly where stands the sacred statue of Naba Krushna Chowdhury, who had given us the Orissa Official Language Act, and ends at the sacred statue of Kulagourav Madhu Sudan Das, whose matchless sacrifices has given us our motherland, on its podium in front of the Governor’s House, in order to educate you that, in Orissa non-Oriya rule shall no more be allowed to ruin our people.

You are not allowing yourself to get educated. Instead, you are whimsically, on whichever day you like, entering into or going out of the secretariat at this particular time to make the police halt our peaceful march.

Dear Chief Minister, we have all respect for you as the highest political executive of our province. This respect shall grow, if you accept our request for creation of Rules to punish whosoever contravenes the Official Language Act, wherein it has been laid down that, for all or any official purpose in Orissa, Oriya shall be the language.

For any offense against any law, there is punishment. In this Law, there was also the provision. But the punishment clause has been secretly deleted from this Act by the non-Oriya conspirators. Therefore, we want Rules to punish whosoever contravenes the basic Law of Orissa, i.e. the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954.

Please understand the issue and ask the police not to halt our peaceful march any further.

If you declare that you have understood the issue and act to amend the Act to provide for punishment against violation thereof , we shall welcome the same and stop the protest rally

The pictures below will also show how on different days your irregular entry or exit into or from the secretariat has tortured illustrious participants in the silent and peaceful black-flag march.

Prafulla Kar obstructedDGPradhan haltedBijay Mohanty halted on the road

Homage on Death Anniversary: The Yet Not Known J.B.Patnaik

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

congress ticketWhen late lamented Janaki Ballav Patnaik was the Chief Minister of Orissa, I was his arch political rival in his constituency: Athgarh. Yet, it was he, on whose insistence, the Congress Party had made me its candidate for Athgarh in his place. I had refused the Congress ticket, as a result of which, there was no Congress candidate in Athgarh in 1990 Assembly election.

On his first death anniversary, at the end of this intro, is my tributes to him.
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One and the only one purpose: Punishment to whosoever contravenes Orissa Official Language Act

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

When on August 8, 2015, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik agreed to our demand for governance of Orissa in Oriya and constituted a ministerial committee with 5 of his cabinet colleagues and 7 representatives of Oriya Bhasa Sangram Samiti including this reporter, not only poet Gajanan Mishra who was on fast from August 1, 2015 in support of this demand and language activists also in token fast in solidarity with him, but also the whole of Orissa had expressed trust on the new step. My research helped me locate that despite Orissa Official Language Act in force since October 14, 1954, Orissa continues to perish under non-Oriya administration, simply because, ministers and mandarins with anglicized mentality are constantly contravening the said Act, as the Act has no provision of punishment against contravention thereof. Hence, as a member of the Committee I legitimately submitted a draft amendment to the Act along with of draft of Rules proposing therein necessary punishment to whosoever contravenes the Official Language Act. The same was posted by the government in the official website made for the purpose. So, people’s trust including ours in the Committee on the government increased in matter of governance of Orissa in Oriya. But the Chief Minister has breached this trust.

Severely affected by this breach of trust, we decided to seek the enactment of punishment for contravention of the Act in a new pattern. As OBSS has expanded into various other demands, even though they are no less important, the crux of the issue well defined in Gajanan Mishra’s fast – implementation of the 1954 Act – lost its primacy in the labyrinth of multiplicity of demands.

So, without any prejudice to our stand taken in the Ministerial Committee, I thought that, it would be better if a separate movement is addressed to the one and the only one purpose: punishment to whosoever contravenes Orissa Official Language Act. I am sure, if this provision is enacted and enforced, there shall be no hindrance to governance of Orissa in Oriya, as the non-Oriya practitioners in administration shall be forced to learn Oriya and practice Oriya in official work.

I made an appeal to this effect in ORISSA MATTERS on the occasion of Utkal Divas, 2016.

My close associate and selfless social activist Pabitra Mohan Maharatha readily pledged his support to my proposal. Then a jewel of Orissa’s journalism, Sagar Satpathy offered his support. Poet Gajanan Mishra added his unreserved approval with a visit to my residence along with poet Umakanta Raut.Orissa’s most active columnists Tusarkanta Satpathy, whose exemplary activism had added immensely to the strength of Gajana babu’s August fast, expressed his solidarity.

Orissa’s renowned revolutionary orator and editor of Subartta, Bagmi Pradyumna Satpathy with his vast experience in people’s front joined us with all his support.

We formally launched the new forum as “Bhasa Andolan, Orissa” in an extended meeting of selfless activists in a meeting held in his office and decided to submit an Ultimatum to Government to the effect that if the provision of punishment against whosoever contravenes the Orissa Official Language Act, as advanced in the ministerial committee, is not legislated, we will take the matter to the people by way of silent march of protest with black-flags against the official mischief. And we have been doing this, as per our agenda, with effect from Pana Sankranti – Orissa’s New Year’s Day.

Netizens of Orissa are keeping a close watch on how our silent black-flag march is proceeding every day. The Government has also taken serious note of it; otherwise, yesterday, it should not have engaged the Police to stop our march after we crossed the Assembly, in order to allow a normal pass to the Chief Minister around half an hour before his car was to negotiate the road we march on. I had used this technique for the first time to wake up the people of Athgarh against their representative, Chief Minister J.B.Patnaik when it was clear that he was drifting away from the only relevant promise he had made at the time of filing nomination papers. It had clicked very successfully and thereafter, instead of posing as a ruler, he had kept it always in mind that he was representative of the people of Athgarh.

Esteemed Pradyumna Satpathy, Tusar Satpathy and all dear language activists who are in this unique movement have approved the idea and are showing how powerful could be the voice of silence when used in a revolution.

Let the government understand the force of our silence. We are in the best of cause of Orissa and we will never halt before our demand for punishment to whosoever contravenes the founding Law of Orissa – The Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, conceived in the first post-independence session of Orissa Assembly on April1, 1948 – is codified.

Here below, for records only, I will put some relevant pictures, though all of these are massively shared in social medias, particularly in Face Book.

Let me begin with the picture of our Ultimatum to Government through the State’s Chief Secretary.
CS receiving Ultimatum from SCP

Below is poet Gajanan Mishra whose August Fast had given birth to the Ministerial Committee mentioned supra. He and the well known bard of our movement Poet Umakant Raut discussed and approved our plan wholeheartedly in my study.
Gajanan babu and Umakant in my study
The picture below are of our extended meeting in the Office of powerful Oriya periodical Subartta, literally meaning ‘Noble Messages’ which the Incarnation of the Fire of Oriya Nationalism, esteemed Pradyumna Satpathy publishes.
Meeting in Subartta Office
In this historic meeting, it was decided that, in order not to violate Sec.144 IPC clamped on the area throughout the year by the government, which is so popular that sans this alarming act it cannot smoothly function, we decided that with black-flags and posters, maximum four of our friends shall silently march from the Assembly gate to the podium of the statue of Madhu babu whose unfathomable sacrifice has given us our motherland Orissa. The march shall regularly commence at 5 pm every day. It was decided in this meeting that on the first day, myself as President of Bhasa Andolan (Language Movement), Pabitra Mohan Maharatha as convener of the movement, Pradyumna Satpathy as the Commander of the Movement, and Tusarkant Satpathy as coordinator of the Movement shall hit the road. But, eminent linguist and lexicologist Prof. Dr. Natabar Satpathy – another member of the Ministerial Committee – wanted to take up the black-flag on the first day. Therefore, it was decided on the spot that instead of Pabitra Mohan Maharatha Prof. Satpathy shall join the march. These are pictures of the first day.
On the second day, Convener of the movement Pabitra Mohan Maharatha, leading light of the movement Journalist Sagar Satpathy, Wing Commander (Rtd) Nandakishore Samal and London based physician Dr. Nityanand Patnaik took up the rally. Below are the pictorial records thereof.
Even as the government posed nonchalant, the third day launched Prof. (Rtd) Aswini Kumar Swain, Dr. Kulamani Samal, Kali Prasad Samantray and Kahnu Charan Behura on the road with the black-flags and posters.
Police obstructsIllustrious singer, known for his progressive world outlook, Padmashree Prafulla Kar joined the fourth day rally. As noted supra, government was so worried that the police had to stop the march halfway to allow the CM a free passage. With Sri Kar, were Subrat Kumar Chhatoi, Malaya Kumar Tripathy and Rakesh Jena in the protest march. Journalist Vivekanand Das later took over from Sri Kar, as Commander Pradyumna Satpathy decided that the revered senior should take rest. Below are a few pictures.
4th day 14th day 24th day 3

Oriya Language created Orissa and therefore Orissa must be ruled by Oriya Language

odia language

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to have developed a wrong notion that governance of Orissa in Oriya depends upon his mercy. His press-note of December 17 and full page display advertisement in major broadsheets of today force us to arrive at this apprehension.

In his December 17 press note it was declared that he had held a meeting with the five members of the ministerial committee on that day for the purpose of “strictly implementing the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in official and non-official level” to facilitate which a website has been floated by the government. In the full page multi-color advertisement in broadsheet dailies today, this is intriguingly missing.

The advertisement is designed to tell the people that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken historical steps to save and develop Oriya language, and has enumerated the steps he has taken. This is blatant lie. Neither he nor his government has executed any single item claimed to be “historical” in the official advertisement. The entire advertisement is nothing but false propaganda. What a shame it is, that, the people of Orissa are taken for granted by their Chief Minister! Read more →

Navakalevara: Legends and reality

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Legends are the most misguiding mischief aimed at superimposing lies on reality so that indigenous people of an occupied land are kept too dazzled to see the dark face of the rulers and the class of exploiters can keep its victims subjugated to its authority, while forcing them to forget the heroic history of evolution of their own philosophy of life, their own splendid spiritual realizations, their own socio-economic uniqueness, their own ancient culture, their own valorous past, their own way of social integration and their own civilization.

We see this mischief galore in the context of Navakalevara of SriJagannatha.

So, here, we are to rip apart the legends and bring the reality of the Navakalevara to light, as thereby alone we can reach the lost uniqueness of the people of Orissa.

We will use Puri Sankaracharya’s self-proclaimed authority over Navakalevara to proceed with our purpose.

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Samaja in Maze of Forgery: Two former Ministers of Orissa – Lingaraj Mishra & Radhanath Rath forged the WILL of Gopabandhu; Both benefitted till their death; SoPS continues to Loot

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Oriya daily SAMAJA founded by late Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das, to which, out of their love and reverence for the great humanitarian leader, the people of Orissa had and have been giving their financial and moral support, is in a menacing maze of forgery and loot.

Sadly, two of Gopabandhu’s trusted men – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath – who, because of being known so, had the opportunity of becoming cabinet ministers in Orissa, were the masterminds and/or makers of the forgery from which the paper is yet to be salvaged.

Both of them – Lingaraj and Radhanath – had partnered with each other in forging the last WILL of Gopabandhu to grab the Samaja, which being Gopabandhu’s paper was of superb credibility and the greatest political instrument of the day. They had performed this crime behind the screen of and in nexus with Servants of the People Society (SoPS), of which, while breathing his last, Gopabandhu was the Vice-President. Read more →