Prime Minister of India must not remain the tea-boy of Gujarat

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister of India must not remain the tea-boy of Gujarat. Mr.Narendra Modi should now try to improve.

Air traveling the world to meet country heads, bragging before uninformed, misinformed, motivated, cultivated, curious foreigners and non-resident Indians in organized gathering in Central Park of New York, forcing the RBI Governor to commit breach of trust with currency note holders, enjoying official jaunts in a foreign land after pushing the country into chaos and quagmire by demonetization, etc & etc are factors that have suffocated conscious India.

But the worst is the farce he made of the English Language by attributing false, fabricated and mischievous meaning to the word “scam” while obnoxiously expanding its letters to represent the names of political rivals that he labored to mislead the voters with. While addressing an election meeting at Meerut on February 4, he told his audience that his fight in UP is against “scam”, an abbreviation in which the letter S stands for Samajbadi (Party), C for Congress (Party), A for Akhilesh (Yadav) amd M for Mayawati.

This nasty conduct may be becoming of a tea boy of Gujurat, but can never be considered as becoming of the Prime Minister of India.

Hence, Mr. Narendra Modi should now try to become the Prime Minister of India, to which post he could never have come had Manmohan Singh not have acted a stooge of USA.

India wants not to be further embarrassed by such off-color oral acrobatics of a person who, even though by way of Hobson’s choice of the harassed people, has become and is holding the nation’s most august office as the Prime Minister.

No Child is born with a Mind

Dr.Sudhansu Dash

No child is born with a mind. A child is born with a brain. Brain is the mechanism and mind is simply the ideology, the ideology which brain is fed by the society .Every society creates a mind according to its own conditioning. This is the reason why there are so many minds in this world, like a Hindu mind, a Christian mind, a Buddhist mind, a Communist mind. One is separate from the other.

A great fallacy is created by the society in the individual that the mind is yours. It has been created so only because the individual is to act according to the society, but feeling as if he is functioning on his own which is the most cunning device of the society.

Something basic to be remembered is that whatever it might be –your mind is not yours. One must accept it authentically or one must help oneself for a self deception. There is no other alternative open to him. One’s mind is an implantation of the society in which one has accidentally been born. If one is born in a Hindu home, but immediately transferred to a Mohammedan family and brought up there, one would have the same mind and would have a totally different mind that one can’t conceive of.

Bertrand Russell ,the outstanding genius of 21st century tried hard to get rid of the Christian mind, not because it was Christian, but simply because it was given to him by others. He wanted to have a fresh look of his own about things, or through somebody else’s glasses. He wanted to have a direct and immediate contact with the reality. It is not actually a question of being any sect like a Christian mind or a Hindu mind or a Buddhist mind because he would have done the same as he wanted to do to a mind fed by a Christian society. The question is whether the mind is your own or implanted by others. It is certain that the mind implanted by others in you will never serve you but serve their purposes. Russell tried hard and wrote a book why I Am Not A Christian. To one of his friends he wrote a letter that although he did not believe that he is a Christian as he had dropped that mind, still deep down he is a Christian unconsciously.

The society cultivates it with such acumen; with such craftsmanship that one can never think about it. A man lives the most seventy-five years, and forty –five years he has to be in schools, colleges, university; one third of the mind is devoted in cultivating a certain mind. Russell might have failed because he had no knowledge of how to get rid of it. He was fighting but groping in the dark. He was certainly fighting with one half of the mind against the other half and both are Christian.

One of the most important scientific contributions of Delgado is that he has found seven hundred centers in the brain and each centre is capable of containing immense quantity of knowledge .it is just like recording ad his experiments are very shocking. He touches a certain centre I the brain with a electrode ,and the man starts speaking but when the electrode is take away the man stops speaking .He puts the electrode back o the same centre , and the man starts speaking again but from the very beginning. Wherever you leave him, it makes no difference. So some automatic process I the mind is discovered. Some electrodes can be implanted in the mind, permanently, and it can be controlled from faraway by some remote control. It was experimented by Delgado in Spain in a bull fight in planting an electrode in the mind of the toughest bull and stood in the field in showing a red flag. The bull rushed towards him ferociously but when the bull was about to attack, he pushed the button and the bull stopped, just frozen. On experiment sake, he did the same for many times and the same thing repeated.

This discovery of Delgado can either become a blessing to humanity or a curse, sooner or later. Every child’s mind can be easily implanted with an electrode. In making so one will get very obedient people, no rebel, no revolutionary but the whole charm of life will be gone. People will be simply vegetables ad scientifically enslaved .They cannot know it because the remote control unit may be in the hands of the capitalist or in the hands of the government. It can be useful as criminals can be prevented ,murderers can be prevented ,thieves can be checked rapists can be transformed-but the danger is that anybody who is in power can make the whole country just a crowd of slaves.
Inside the skull where the brain is there is o sensitivity. Even a stone is put inside one’s skull; one can ever know it as one does not have the sensitive nerves there which can inform. Delgado’s mechanism is scientific, but society has been doing the same by planting ideas. Thanks to those revolutionaries who have escaped this strategic implantation of ideas by the society because a few rebels are still born, who have given all scientific progress, who have changed all superstitions.

The very fact is that the society always wants a child to be a carbon copy, not original. The strategy to create a mind in a child is to go on repeating certain things continuously and eve if a lie is repeated continuously it starts becoming a truth. The child forgets that it was a lie in the beginning.

Adolf Hitler did the same thing, started lying to the German people that all the misery of their country is because if the Jews which is quite absurd a thing as one will say that all the misery of the country is because of bicycles. So if we destroy all the bicycles, all the misery will disappear. In fact the Jews were the very backbone of Germany. They had created all the wealth of Germany .They had o other nation, so any nation, where they were, was their nation. They had no other alternative in their mind, so they could not betray, and they had been doing all the things that another German was doing for the welfare of the country.

I his autobiography Adolf Hitler writes, “it does not matter what you say, because there is no such thing as truth. Truth is a lie that has been repeated so often that you have forgotten that it is a lie.”So the only difference between truth and lie is that the lie is fresh and truth is old; otherwise there is no difference. It is a fact that if one repeats anything to people, they will slowly and slowly start believing it if it has been repeated for centuries, it has become a heritage. All religions of the world have adopted the same strategy, a conspiracy against a child born with no mind. Christianity, Hinduism, Mohammedanism ,all the three religions repeat to their children ,’There is God’ where as Buddhism , Jainism Taoism, the other there religions say ,’There is o God ‘The first group of three religion have a certain mind .Their whole life is filled with the idea of god, hell heaven prayer etc; and the second group of the three religions has no prayer because there is nobody to pray to as there is no God. The communists even does not believe in the soul of a man and every child is continuously told that man is a matter and when a man dies he simply dies ,nothing remains .consciousness is a by –product of the body. So the mind is certainly not your mind, it is not young also; it is centuries old. Therefore every society is afraid of a thinker who creates doubts about the concept of mind .One’s search should be to find one’s own mind and not under somebody’ impact. There is the TRUTH but, with this mind one cannot know it .Not because mind has its limitation (as preached by different religions) but because this mind is full of lies repeated for century after century. One will find the truth when one will put this mind completely aside ad look at existence with fresh eyes, like a new born child. Then whatever one experiences is truth. If one remains constantly alert not to allow others to interfere with one’s inner growth, there comes a moment when one becomes so attuned with existence one experiences the truth.

To have one’s own mind in the world is the richest thing possible. But no society allows it; every society keeps one poor. The people those who are in power ,either through money or through politics or through religion or through knowledge ,or for any other reason ,do not want people to have their own mind because it is dangerous to their interests. They want not men but sheep, not individuals but crowds, who are always in need of being led, who are always in need of being told what to do and what not to do, and who do not have their own minds. Any deviation from the norm in any society, there are people who we call mad, but they are not mad .They are not simply not agreeing with the madness of the mass.

When one feels existence immediately, without any mediator, with no mind given by anybody else, one tastes something which transforms, which makes one enlightened, which brings one to the highest peak of consciousness.

(Dr. Dash is a poet of international repute. One of the top 100 English Poets of the world, he has bagged the International Writer’s award 2015. A higher education teacher of English in Orissa, he is a highlander by birth, born to Ex-State Athgarh and as highlanders usually are, he is a philosopher in heart, always in pursuit of wonders of life.)

Oriya in Crisis: A Linguist against the basic need of the Language

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Linguistic Survey of India, conducted by Sir George Abraham Grierson, had a great contribution to creation of Orissa as India’s first linguistic State, eleven years ahead of independence. Neither Hindi, nor Bengali nor Telugu could vie with the vast vocabulary of Oriya language, it had shown.

But this splendid language is now in severe atrophy, as the incumbent Chief Minister has ruined its utility by running his administration in English.

To reset Oriya as the medium of administration, Bhasha Andolan, Orissa, has been conducting a very unique movement since 13 April 2016 that offers a silent ‘black flag march’ on the most sensitive part of the State Capital spanning from the Assembly to the Governor’s House everyday at 5 pm by a group of four Oriyas of eminence, the like of which is not witnessed anywhere in the world.

Bowing to this movement, the Chief Minister has amended the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 (hereinafter – the Act), by way even of an Ordinance on 21 May 2016 for creating provisions to stop its contravention.

But, born to a non-Oriya mother and a treacherous father who had not taught his son even the alphabets of Oriya, personally abhorrent for Oriya language, hand-in-glove with non-Oriya officers of Indian Civil Service who control the administration and know all his weaknesses, he has drifted away from framing the Rules to impart punishment to whosoever doesn’t work in Oriya in offices of Orissa.

Sadly, former director of Central Institute of Indian Languages Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, a non-resident Oriya till his retirement, who was never expected to run after avarice and play a villain, has supported this drift with unfounded and concocted assertions that 84% of Oriya population appreciates the CM’s stand (Samaja, 22 August 2016).

The debacle and re-evolution

People of Orissa had fought for and succeeded in creating this province in order only to make Oriya the medium of administration. Having faced the first armed movement (1803-04) that metamorphosed into the first non-cooperation movement (1817), which, according to G. Toynbee, was furious enough to expel them; and according to W. Forrester, was too patriotic to be suppressed by military or police, the British, on overcoming that insurmountable situation through diplomacy and treachery, had divided the Oriya speaking areas into four parts and had clubbed them in their bordering provinces to reduce the Oriyas belonging to those parts to linguistic minorities in their new administrative provinces to break their mana.

In those provinces, Oriya was denied the status of official language, as a result of which, over and above material debacles caused to the people, their beloved mother tongue – Oriya – was losing her splendor. Therefore, they had raised the movement for amalgamation of all Oriya speaking areas, and succeeded in creation of Orissa as the first linguistic State of India.

Again, the debacle

But the present Chief Minister, has systematically destroyed the mana of Oriya race in his 17 years long misrule by subjecting the State to a rule in English. When Bhasha Andolan is fighting against this assault on Oriya, linguist Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, who had done nothing for Oriya Language despite having headed the CIIL, and yet was affectionately accepted into their fold by the people of Orissa after his superannuation, is supporting the anti-Oriya CM!

The secret agenda

When the people are in Bhasha Andolan to make the language functional and famous Oriyas are joining the ‘Black Flag March’ of this campaign for restoration of the primacy of Oriya language in Orissa, Dr. Pattanayak is busy in carrying out his business agenda.

According to his own confession (The Samaja, 25 June 2016), in remorse over having done nothing for Orissa despite having done so much for all other States while heading the CIIL, on his return to Orissa after retirement, he wanted to establish a new University for learning and research in Oriya Language, styled “Odia Bishwabidyalaya”.

In fact, it was his secret agenda to obtain huge stretch of land and funds from the government to run a private business in the name of Oriya Language.

He was trying in vain “for fourteen years” to get it materialized. The opportunity came when Naveen Patnaik got nervous due to the language movement; he has admitted (Ibid).

When all institutes of higher education and research from the secondary to university level as well as special Institutes created for excellence in Oriya Language such as the Orissa Sahitya Academy and the Oriya Bhasha Pratisthan are de facto defunct under severe paucity of funds and personnel, with Dr. Pattanayak as ‘Language Policy” maker, the Chief Minister is trying to dazzle the people with new institutes tailored to divert public attention from the need of legislation for punishment against contravention of the Act. In fact, Dr. Pattanayak has emerged as the strongest ally of the CM in this notoriety. When his tricks to support the CM by declaring that 84% people are very happy with non-legislation of punishment against contravention of the Act, as noted supra, did not click, he has stated that there is no necessity to blame either the non-Oriya officers or the Chief Minister for the ill that has inflicted Oriya Language (Nitidin, 12 December 2016). Evolution of this decadence needs stern study.

Evolution of the treachery

A popular poet, Advocate Gajanan Mishra of Titilagarh had been agitating for several years to see that the Courts use Oriya as the court language. He was conducting his cases in Oriya and his persistent efforts had made the Orissa High Court instruct the district judge of Bolangir to deliver his judgment in Oriya language (W.P. (c) 5958/2007). Similarly, in W.P.13622/2008 , it was ordered by the High Court that Oriya version of the plaint shall have to be given to the O.P. Its impact was tremendous. The year 2009 witnessed a spectacular judicial support to Oriya Language, as the Junior Civil Judge (SDJM) of Titilagarh dismissed a suit, when the petitioner did not file the plaint in Oriya.

When such a pro-Oriya judicial development was taking place in context of only one district, i.e. Bolangir, the architect of this development, poet Mishra was raising his voice for Oriya to be the Court Language all over the State.

This had put the State Government in a state of jittery, as the impact thereof was feared to force the government to run the administration in Oriya, when the Chief Minister himself was averse to Oriya as official language.

It was essential for the government to divert attention of the people from the demands of Gajanan Mishra, specifically as his demands had gathered more legitimacy in view of the court verdicts.

An agent for this purpose was available in a Communist renegade Baishnab Charan Parida, who was rewarded by supremo (slave-owning master) of BJD – Naveen Patnaik – with a Rajyasabha membership despite having no natal link with the organization.

Described as an amphisbaena by Gajanan Mishra (Samaja, 10 August 2015), Parida started issuing confused statements and created an organization styled Bhasha Suraksha Samiti to eclipse what Sri Mishra had done for the Oriya Language. But Mishra did not allow his efforts to be eclipsed. He served notice on the State Government that, he would sit in hunger-strike on the 1st April, 2015, if his years-old demand for Court-works in Oriya all over Orissa was not heeded to.

The linguist swoops upon

Then, as the government was thinking of contriving ways to assure the people that it was not anti-Oriya, Dr. Pattanayak’s firm – Institute of Odia Study and Research (IOSR) – entered into an agreement with the ‘Centre of Modernising Government Initiative’ (CMGI) of the GA department on 20 March 2015, just 10 days before Sri Mishra’s hunger-strike, with the willingness “to provide necessary assistance and expertise in the field of usage of Odia Language in the State administration as well as in other activities / programmes extensively”, whereas for the same, the CMGI was “in search”. This was an agreement for business with the government in language sector, with financial gain of Dr. Pattanayak’s firm in mind.

Surprisingly, this Dr. Pattanayak was made a member in the Ministerial Committee formed on 8th July 2015 to work for fulfillment of Sri Mishra’s demand, so that he could end his Fast Hartal, restarted from the 1st of July 2015. Other members nominated to the Committee by the Chief Minister were: Gajanan Mishra himself, Dr. Natabar Satpathy, Baishnab Charan Parida, Dr. Bhagavan Prakash, Shankarsan Parida, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak and Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty. Dr. Pattanayak was made the Language Policy Advisor of the Government by way of this Committee.

Dr. Pattanayak is decorated with the national civilian honor – Padmashree and is supposed to be a paragon of virtues befitting the civilian honor. But he kept the language-based business-agreement of his firm with the Government a secret, while accepting this assignment and also suppressed the fact that two other members of the Committee – Dr. Natabar Satpathy and Dr. Subrat Prusty – were also the Directors of the said firm created for business in Oriya language.
Poet Gajanan Mishra, whose ‘fast onto death’ had given birth to this Committee, had alleged in a hard hitting article that three of the persons recommended by him for the said Committee – Umakanta Raut, Kahnu Behera and Jantrana Parikshit – were clandestinely dropped (Oriya Bhasha Andolan O Sarakar, The Samaja, 10.8.2015).

Sri Mishra has described in this article a shenanigan that suggests that Shankarsan Parida was under the sway of Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and with a BJD background, was not in a position to say “NO” to the ministers in the Committee. From a write-up of Dr. Pattanayak (Bhula Katha , Abhula Katha, The Samaja, 17.7.2016) it transpires that, the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee is quite close to him. Naturally, therefore, Sri Parida was in Dr. Pattanayak’s camp, even though he was not a Director of the language business firm mentioned above. Dr. Pattanayak, Baishnab Charan Parida, Dr. Bhagavan Prakash were taken into the committee in place of the three mentioned by Mishra supra. Dr. Prakash was never invited. Thus in the ministerial committee, the nominated members were de facto seven in number, out of which five members namely Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, Dr. Natabar Satpathy, Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty (all Directors of IOAR), Shankarsan Parida – close to Dr. Pattanayak as well as to BJD and Baishnab Charan Parida, MP (then) of BJD – were in one side, determined to foil the purpose of the Committee. Records reveal that Parida was an advisor to IOSR in its University project. No wonder, he was one with the private business seekers in the Ministerial Committee as against me – Sri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak- the single seeker of fulfillment of Gajanan Mishra’s demand for which the Committee was constituted on a specific and single term of reference.

Term of Reference

The Ministerial Committee gained its power from a codified Resolution of the Government bearing No. 18715/GA dated 31 July 2015 with a single term of reference to determine how to implement the Orissa Official Language Act 1954.

The Act had come into force “at once” on being published in Orissa Gazette Extraordinary on 14 October 1954 making Oriya “the language to be used for all or any of the official purposes of the State of Orissa” with a rider that, in which office and from which time it “shall be used in respect of such official purposes may be specified in the notification”. In notification No. 7152/Gen dated 29 March 1985, “in supersession of all earlier notifications”, the government directed that “with effect from the 1st day of April, 1985, Oriya shall be used in all offices of the State Government excepting the office of the Registrar, Orissa High Court and offices of the judges and offices subordinate thereto for all official purposes …..”. This GA department notification under Sub-Section (2) of Section 2 of the Act read with Notification No. 406/72 of the Law Department promulgated under Sub-Section (2) of Section 437 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 and Section 558 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 makes it clear that except the office of the High Court Registrar and the offices of judges thereof and a few numbers of lower courts in Ganjam and Koraput districts, in all other courts and offices of Orissa, no other language than Oriya shall be the official language. Despite this position of law, why the offices were not working in Oriya? The answer to this question was to be arrived at by the Committee which then should have answered the reference by suggesting legal remedy to the continuous contravention of the language law.

Lacuna located

On deep research, I located the lacuna.

I found that, there was no provision in Orissa Official Language Act for punishment against its contravention. There was no provision for creation of Rules to drive the Act ahead. Taking advantage of this, the functionaries were not honoring the Act and not using Oriya in official work.

I suggested that the Act should be amended to bring in the penal provision. Therefore, I drafted and submitted the suggested amendments, which, the government posted in the specific website built up for the purpose of governance of Orissa in Oriya. Some eminent lawyers including retired State Counselor Sarat Kumar Panda also contributed their best to formulate the proposed amendment. Sans the penal provision the Act shall not work in Orissa in her present peculiar condition, they also opined. So the draft I had given was based on the need of penal provision in the Act.

This proposal for penal provision has unnerved the chief minister, who, born to a non-Oriya mother, is not only unable to work in Oriya, but also is abhorrent to Oriya language. He is trying to hoodwink the people with announcements for “Odisha Open University” and finally “University of Odia Language and Literature”. Dr. Pattanayak’s stress on the University contributes to diversion of public attention from the need of this legislation. Parida, whose activities were designed to eclipse Gajanan Mishra’s impact, has, taking the cue from this writer’s draft Rules, started demanding for a language commission, just for the same purpose of diverting public attention from the Bhasha Andolan demand for legislation of penal provisions against contravention of the Act.

Parida, who yet projects himself as a Marxist, has deserted the communist camp to join the BJD and thus is an unprincipled politician. So, there is nothing to be surprised over his shrewd support to Naveen while acting in support of Oriya Language. But shocking is the role Dr. Pattanayak is playing.

Misuse of Padma Award

In the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the above noted agreement, the Government of Orissa in the GA department has agreed that, this organization can make Oriya a language effective for administration.

In the words of the MoU, “IOSR, working in the field of research and the quality use of Odia Language, has contributed a lot in establishing Odia as a classical language with a rich heritage and having the required expertise in the general use of Odia Language, can make Odia a language of effective administration”.

How could the GA department know that IOSR “has contributed a lot in establishing Odia as a classical language with a rich heritage and having the required expertise in the general use of Odia Language”?

Had it conducted any investigation to ascertain it? Had it invited any bid to come to this conclusion? I made a thorough search and found no such steps to have ever been taken by the government.

My research shows that, Dr. Pattanayak has misused the Padmashree decoration to dazzle the State Government, which has resulted in official choice of his business outfit IOSR sans any selection for the MoU.

The IOSR has stolen the Classical-Odia document from Odia Bhasha Pratisthan of the Government of Orissa to use the same for claiming credit for central recognition of Oriya’s status as classical. In the agreement aforesaid, it seems this horrific conduct has so thrasonically been used that to the conviction of General Administration Department, this institute “has contributed a lot in establishing Odia as a classical language”.

Govt. knows of the theft, yet silent

This theft of the document prepared by Odia Bhasha Pratisthan by Dr. Pattanayak’s private institute is well known to the authorities and there is a definite disapproval of his conduct in the culture bureaucracy.

Therefore, when the department of culture, through its wing Orissa Sahitya Academy, celebrated the recognition of classical status of Oriya Language as per desire of the Chief Minister, it was not deemed proper to invite him to the occasion. In an article captioned “Bhula Katha O Abhula Katha”, Dr. Pattanayak has cried over how he was neither mentioned nor was invited even to the dais, when the book documenting ‘Classical Odia’ was released in the function. “As many as five books were released in this function. Authors, editors of four of them were invited to the dais when those were released. But, even though in the Classical Odia book, it is printed that the same was prepared by me, I was not invited to the dais when it was released”, he has said (Samaja, 17 July 2016).

This would never have been possible, had the government not known that Dr. Pattanayak and his associates are guilty of theft of the documented memorandum of Odia Bhasha Pratisthan to bag credit for IOSR in the matter of Oriya’s classical status to use the same for posing as an institute of research, which was essential for Dr. Pattanayak and his associates to cultivate the above agreement with the government as well as to bag permission and official patronization for his/their dream project of a private university that they had styled ‘Odia Biswabidyalaya’.

From OB to OBoSB

Dr. Pattanayak had opposed when Chief Minister thought of establishing a new University as Odisha Open University (Samaja, 25 June 2016). In this piece he had clearly noted that for Odia Biswabidyalaya, he had been trying for the last 14 years, which in the pro-Oriya environment created by the language movement was going to bear fruit.

But, to his chagrin, the lower bureaucracy in Higher Education Department did not agree for the proposed University to be established in private mode. Thus a new name – Odia Bhasha O Sahitya Biswabidyalaya (OBoSB) –metamorphosed in the secretariat. Dr. Pattanayak described it as a “conspiracy” against his endeavor (Ibid).

His attempt to create public resentment against the bureaucratic step through campaign in media failed to click, as nobody supported his private University design.

When the lower bureaucracy argued to make it a public sector University styled as above, Dr. Pattanayak, along with the owner of the Trust to which he belongs and Dr. Omkar Mohanty met the Principal Secretary of Higher Education department by using the office of a minister and handed him over a draft of the Bill that they wanted to be the Bill to be placed for adoption in the Assembly.

The said Bill is having ingredients to pave the way for providing business to Pattanayak’s firm IOSR.

On 21 September 2016, the Assembly Secretariat was notified of this Bill, which, however, could not come to the House till end of the session.

The Assembly was again notified of this Bill in its winter session, but before it was circulated, the session was aborted all on a sudden. It may be pressed in the coming session, as the vested interest linguist is pressing hard for it and in the matter of official language the CM is just a fantoccini in the hands of vested interest elements.

Legislators’ responsibility

If a public sector University is newly created for Oriya Language and Literature with the shrewd provisions to provide bonanza to private operators, is it not better to stop the same taking shape through the legislature?

If the MLAs would pay deep attention to the ‘University of Odia Language and Literature Bill’, they would see that the “objects of the (proposed) University are the same as that of Odia Bhasha Pratisthan, read with that of the Sahitya Academy, Utkal University of Culture, Utkal University and other such Universities established by the State Government. They will also find that all these public sector Universities and Institutions are severely atrophied by overwhelming shortage of teachers and infrastructures. Instead of strengthening them with adequate teaching staff and referral libraries and other essential components, why the government is entertaining the secret agendas of language-mafias by proposing a new University of Odia Language and Literature?

One of the reasons is: Diminishing the impact of Bhasha Andolan by hoodwinking the people of Orissa in the name of Oriya Language.

The MLAs ought to understand this and foil the linguist’s foul design.

How I Celebrated Kuhu’s Birthday – 2016!

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Come September 6, my daughter Suchismita and my son-in-law Ajay Kumar Mohapatra celebrate the Birthday of their daughter Adwiteeya Mohapatra (Kuhu) to the best of their ability and highest of our happiness. In 2016 I had wanted to add a surprise.

I noticed before Independence Day that she was writing something seriously and keeping the same hidden quite cautiously. This provoked my interest. Once, when she had been to her School (she was then reading in Cl. III at Delhi Public School – Kalinga), I reached at it. To my astonishment, I found that she was attempting to write a book of small stories. Tears rolled down my eyes, as I found some of them almost biographical. Her Birthday was not very far. How nice should it be, if I bring out a compilation thereof on her Birthday, I thought. Immediately I got it Xeroxed and restored her notebook to its original place.

I had no time and the matter was to be typed as quickly as possible. I shared my idea only with my trusted friend Sri Tusarkanta Satpathy. He took immediate steps to get it typed. Then I shared the matter with Truptee and Pabitra Maharatha, the couple that is a part of my life. Truptee is running a new publishing house –Shabdashparsha. She agreed to publish it. Both she and Pabitra kept the matter totally secret and printed the book in time.

In the evening of September 6, I shared the secret with eminent online journalist Sagar Satpathy and requested him to address his mobile camera to every expression of Kuhu as she would be surprised to see her stories in a book form. Then I shared the secrecy with my friend, eminent author and editor Asit Mohanty requesting him to release the book. I requested my close friends Pradyumna Satpathy (Editor of Subartta), Umakanta Raut (Poet Aroop) and family friend Major Kumudini Barai to grace the book launching function. I watched how Kuhu reacted.

Sagar has done a marvelous job. He has captured every reaction of Kuhu as her pleasure and surprise evolved stage by stage when Asit babu was opening the packet, which she was induced by Pradyumna babu to watch without knowing what it was. Her parents and all friends including hers and relations were watching with eagerness to see what was going to be unveiled.

After keeping the entire matter jealously private till date, I am now thinking to share it with the public; as such a nice event deserves to be known to all. The pictures are set one after one to show how her surprise took shape over publication of her first book.

It was also a surprise to my daughter and son-in-law. Here is she with her astonished, yet proud parents, happy family friends and her well-wishers joining them.

Soon her friends joined her and it was a moment of pleasure for all of them.

I feel utmost happiness, as I present the report on release of the FIRST BOOK OF MY ELDER GRANDDAUGHTER.

Orissa and Oriya Language: Must we retrieve the Mana

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The first freedom movement of India – armed revolution begun by Jayee Rajguru in 1803 metamorphosing into the first non-cooperation movement led by Buxi Jagabandhi Bidyadhar Mohapatra in 1817 – had severely mauled the British in the soil of Orissa.

“It was not long, however, before we had to encounter a storm which burst with so sudden fury as to threaten our expulsion, if not from the whole of Orissa, at least from the territory of Khurda” – admits G. Toynbee, the British historian in ‘A Sketch of the History of Orissa-1803-1828’ (Calcutta, 1873), with reference to the armed attack on the British by Jayee Rajguru.

The land was such a land of valor and the Oriyas, as a people, were of such “disposition” that, it would not be easy for “suppression of these disturbance either by military or by police”, said Magistrate W. Forrester from the field to Commissioner Robert Ker (Para 18 of his Report dated 9.9.1818) in matter of the non-cooperation movement led by Buxi Jagabandhu.

On the basis of this report, the British had worked out a truce with Buxi, which had helped them gain the recognition as “government”, being part of the truce. With this new earned status, they proceeded to divide the land into parts and clubbed one part each with the Tulugu speaking Madras, Bengali speaking Bengal and Hindi speaking Madhya Pradesh in order to destroy the Mana of Oriyas by making them linguistic minorities in their traditionally rival States, while retaining the central part under Collector of Cuttack, where offices were run with their native servants brought from Bengal that plundered the land. Reflecting on the misrule, Collector W. Trower had described these native servants as “the terror and the scourge of the district” (‘Report on Revenue Administration in Orissa’ dated 23.5.1817).

Despite such speaking reports, the British Government continued to refuge sensible suggestions from well-meaning British functionaries like Sir Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser (With the Rajas and the Royats) to bring back the Oriya areas out of the de facto control of tormenting linguistic rivals to create a congruous land for administration in Oriya, simply because, the British was afraid of the Oriya “disposition”. United Oriyas cannot be kept under control, was the view of the Secretary looking into affairs of India.

On the other hand, the Telugu, Bengali and Hindi speaking people of the provinces to which limbs of Orissa were annexed, were strongly opposing the idea of allowing Oriya population to be governed in Oriya language. To make their evil design further dense, they had started even to misappropriate the Oriya Language and culture, claiming the same to be parts of their own.

To end this turmoil, a highly reputed citizen of Ghumusar – Dinabandhu Pattanayak – had convened a meeting of Oriyas from both the northern and southern sides of River Rushikulya on 11 September 1870 where it was resolved to demand for use of Oriya as official language in the areas of Oriya population. This meeting called upon for amalgamation of all Oriya speaking areas in order to create a separate province where administration should run in Oriya language. This resolution eventually had grown up into the epoch-making movement under the leadership of Kula Gourav Madhu Sudan Das. Oriya journals and authors had made tremendous contributions to this movement, watching which, even Mahatma Gandhi had to say, “This fine race cannot possibly make the natural advance, which is its due, if it is kept split up into four divisions for no sound reason” (Young India, 18.2.1920).

Despite this, the British did not give heed to the legitimate demand, as Telugus, Bengalis, and Hindi chauvinists were claiming that Oriya Language was a part of their languages.

At this critical juncture, the Linguistic Survey of India, published finally in 1928, brought to light the greatness of Oriya Language that forced the Telugu, Bengali and Hindi speaking people to shut up. It unambiguously declared that the Oriya Language can boast of a rich vocabulary in which respect neither Bengali nor Hindi not Telugu can vie with it (Vol.IV).

After this determination of Linguistic Survey of India, the Bengali, Telugu, and Hindi speaking people were forced to keep away from their unfounded claim and the British was bound to correct its wrong by bringing in all the congruous Oriya speaking areas into one administration to be governed in Oriya language and thus Orissa was created on 1.4.1936, as the first linguistic province of India. Not only in general offices, but also in the Courts, Oriya became the official language in whole of Orissa.

But, post independence politicians – some belonging to the families of the same non-Oriya native servants of the British dragged mostly from Bengal, whom Trower, as quoted supra, had described as “scourge”, but settled in Orissa; some eager to show off their elitism and knowledge in English; and others too simple to control non-Oriya officers of Indian Civil Service and indigenous officers of anglicized mentality – have ruined this position.

This ruin had inscribed its signature on the first Utkal Divas celebrated in free India on the 1st April, 1948.

Orissa Legislative Assembly, elected on limited franchise, was in session. A member from Bargarh, Laxminarayan Mishra, moved a resolution for creation of a law to declare Oriya as the Official Language of Orissa. He was severely opposed by a member of his own party – Rajkrishna Bose – who belonged to Bengali community settled in Cuttack. It is worth noting that, the member-in-charge, i.e. the Minister, was hand-in-glove with Bose to foil the noble atte3mpt of Mishra. The concerned Minister was Nityanand Kanungo. Kanungo is a surname that is used both by Oriya Karanas and Bengali Kayastas. Kabi Chandra Kali Charan Pattanayak has shown us how Nityanand Kanungo was used to foil his endeavors to earn classical status for Odissi dance. However, it is on records that he had helped Bose to attack Mishra, the first Oriya to have proposed for creation of Orissa Official Language Act to make Oriya as the Official Language of Orissa.

Bose stood up after Mishra’s speech to oppose his Resolution and declared, “Sir, since the hon’ble member in charge does not want to give a preliminary reply, I would like to speak at this stage”. And then he went on saying why Oriya should not be made the Official Language.

Mahtab was the Prime Minister, who kept mum.

Kanungo then vehemently opposed Mishra and nose led him, he being a Congress member, to withdraw his Resolution.

However, this same conspiracy against Oriya language is continuing till date. It is now in severe crisis of identity, as the State is being governed by a Chief Minister for last 17 years who does not know Oriya, who hates the Oriya language and has kept it defunct.

Bhasha Andolan, Orissa is the last battle of Oriyas that is trying to change the scenario and hence, has been fighting for restoration of the primacy and paramountcy of Oriya Language in offices of Orissa.

To us, the Mana of our Motherland and our Mother Tongue is of supreme importance. We must have to retrieve it.

Whosoever loves our Land and Language may pore over three books for further knowledge on this most calling issue:
1. ORISSA PRADESHA SRUSTIRE GANAMADHYAMA (Role of mass media in creation of Orissa)
2. BHASHA PAI’N GANA O GANAMADHYAMA (Battle of the masses and mass media for the Mother Tongue) and
3. SHREE JAYA DEVANKA BAISSI PAHACHA (The 22 stairs Sri Jaya Dev created to reach SriJagannatha)

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