The unique movement of Orissa for governance of the State in Oriya language and for punishment to whosoever contravenes the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, espoused by Bhasha Andolan Orissa, having woken up the entire State against the discernible official apathy that has atrophied the splendid language and has defeated the very purpose of creation of Orissa province, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had invited the leadership of the movement to a face-to-face discussion on how to implement the Act. The meeting had taken place in his official chamber on the 19th of May,2017.
In the presence of former Minister Debi Prasanna Mishra who was heading the Ministerial Committee on working of the said Act and Minister Prafulla Samal as well as MP Pratap Keshari Dev, supported by Pradyumna Satapathy and Pabitra Mohan Maharath, President and Convener respectively of Bhasha Andolan, its Chairman Subhas Chandra Pattanayak apprised the Chief Minister of how the amendment done to the Act as per Ordinance of May 21, 2016 promulgated on the 39th day of the famous Black-Flag campaign of the Andolan, was too wrongly worded to ensure governance of Orissa in Oriya. Read more →
Chairman of Bhasha Andolan, Orissa Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has, in a memorandum on June 7, moved the Odia Bhasha Pratisthan to initiate penal action against linguist Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, who, according to him, is guilty of illegal transfer of the Classical Odia document prepared by the said official body to a former MP Rama Chandra Khuntia that has ultimately marred the history of classical status given to the splendid language.
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Only those Indians, whom the Central Government views as paragons of virtues, are decorated with civilian awards like Padmashree. Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayk is decorated with Padmashree.
In a recent post in these pages, I had written,
“Like most people of Orissa I had also believed that linguist Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and his protégé Subrat Kumar Prusti, with Congress leader Rama Chandra Khuntia have fetched for us the “classical status” of our mother tongue Oriya.
But, as I peruse the official records, I am convinced that both Pattanayak and Prusti have committed gross irregularity and serious impropriety, which may land them in the jail if investigated into by an outside agency like the CBI”.
Orissa’s highly popular news channel – News7 – interviewed me on the topic I had depicted in my portal – orissamatters.com – and wanted Dr. Pattanayak’s views thereon. It has thus posted the interview :
Dr. Pattanayak has asserted here that, he was approached by the Minister as well as the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Govt. of Orissa to help the Oriya Bhasha Pratisthan in producing a convincing paper to claim classical status for Oriya language. To this request of both the top authorities of the department, Dr. Pattanayak said, he had responded with a revelation that he had already authored the required paper and if they agree to adopt the same for this purpose, then only he may help.
Let me, at this point, make a personal statement that, I stoutly reject the wrong notion of this channel that Dr. Pattanayak and I, once a team under the banner of Bhasa Sangram Samiti, are now in rivalry in pursuit of credit for governance of Orissa in Oriya, if it becomes a reality. With due respect to my friend who conducted the interview and the channel desk that editorialized it, I would like to say that I had never, and have no such thirst for fame. I have, all through my life, rendered selfless service to my motherland and stood unperturbed on my ground in espousing a public cause. The Government run by fellows of anglicized aptitude and mentality has dragged my majestic mother tongue into atrophy and exactly as I could have done in my mother’s case, I have been trying to stand with my mother tongue. No personal rivalry, no personal motive, at least on my part.
Thus saying, let me say that, on watching the clarification Dr. Pattanayak has given to the NEWS7, I tried to verify the fact from the person that was then the Minister of Culture. But for reasons to be stated later, the idea was abandoned. The then Secretary also remained beyond my reach.
Dr. Harihar Kanungo was at that time the Director of Odia Bhasha Pratisthan. He had initiated the project. So, I asked him to tell if Dr. Pattanayak was telling the truth.
He told, “The statement made by Dr. D. P Pattnayak is fabricated and afterthought. When he joined as Language Expert in the Odia Bhasa Pratisthan at that time, no Secretary or Minister in School & Mass Education Department was involved in this context”.
Dr. Kanungo has no prejudice against Dr. Pattanayak, as his version is full of praise for him. “During my tenure at Odia Bhasa Pratisthan, his involvement and activities were very nice & fruitful”, he has said.
When thus, he has no prejudice against Dr. Pattanayak, his unambiguous statement that Dr. Pattanayak’s statement to NEWS7 “is fabricated and afterthought” makes the point clear that Dr. Pattanayak has not told the truth to the TV channel, which is mostly the preferred channel of conscious viewers.
This is no virtue. The Padmashree holder ought to understand this.
The way a gang of language-mafia has given birth to a new climate of exploitation of Orissa’s properties such as official buildings, land and funds for personal benefit in the name of Oriya Language, Dr. D. P. Pattanayak’s conduct in the instant case needs be investigated into by competent sleuths with penal action in mind, because only that may save our mother tongue from the quagmire she has been thrown into by anti-Oriya administrators.
If the Chief Minister is sincere in his approach, one may call it the first positive step towards governance of Orissa in Oriya; as on being invited by the Chief Minister, Bhasha Andolan leadership comprising Subhas Chandra Pattanayak (Chairman), Pradyumna Satapathy (President) and Pabitra Maharatha (Convener), met him in an exclusive discussion in his Secretariat chamber at 6.30 pm on Friday.
Former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, who, as Chairman of the Ministerial Committee, had the greatest role in making the Government accept the first part of the advice, which SCP had given as a member of that Committee and in, consequent upon that, in inserting section 4 in the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, paving thereby the way for formation of Rules to drive the Act ahead under the new section, facilitated the discussion. Minister Prafulla Samal and Spokesman of the ruling party, MP (Rajyasabha) Pratap Dev were present.
The Bhasha Andolan leadership was amused to watch that the CM had nothing to say, even though the meeting was convened as per his invitation.
However, as the CM wanted to hear from the visiting activists, Bhasha Andolan Chairman Subhas Chandra Pattanayak apprised the CM of how it is the responsibility of the Government to save its own law from being contravened by its functionaries and how the Orissa Official Language Act is being contravened in absence of punitive measures in the Act. He further showed that the new section 4 inserted through Ordinance on May 21, 2016 made assize in due course in the Assembly, addressing the first part of the advice noted above, was also deficient and defective because of its total silence on punishment and ambiguity in structure. In a written suggestion submitted to the CM on the table, Bhasha Andolan demanded that the contents of the said section 4 be replaced with their draft through a further amendment, so that the purpose of the Rules created for working of the Act would not be lost. Bhasha Andolan suggestion that wants replacement of the contents of Section 4 with, is:
“The State Government may, in such manner and by such authority, as may be prescribed in the Rules made under this Act, receive complaints from general public of Orissa in matter of contravention of the Act, and over and above such complaints, suo motto review and monitor whether the directions contained in the Notification under Sub-Section (2) of Section 2 are contravened and subject the contravener to punishment stipulated in the Rules”.
According to Bhasha Andolan, the Orissa Official Language Rules, 2016, created on basis of the new Section-4 is of no consequence inasmuch as working of the Act is left therein to the mercy of the habitual contraveners of the Act. In their written memorandum, given on the table to the CM, its leadership emphasized that, it “insists upon adoption of all the proposals made in the draft Rules as submitted by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak in the Ministerial Committee and published in the specific official website”.
Bhasha Andolan shall continue with its Black Flag Campaign till punitive provisions are made in the OOL Act and its Rules, the leadership decided.
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 →
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.
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 →