Official Oriya vis-a-vis Orissa CM: Stand of Bhasha Andolan absolutely correct

Roving Reporter

Decision of Bhasha Andolan to continue the silent Black Flag campaign despite repeated Cabinet decisions read by many as the victory of this unique campaign, seems absolutely correct.

Chief Minister of Orissa is shying away from saying why he failed to bring in the promised amendment in Orissa Official Language Act for punishment to whosoever acts against the very purpose of creation of Orissa.

On grounds earlier elaborated in these pages, the Representative-in-Chief of this site Subhas Chandra Pattanayak was nominated to the ’Ministerial Committee’ created on working of the Act. He had located two lacunae, which, unless removed, would always render the Act inconsequential. Firstly, there was no provision for punishment against contravention of the Act; and secondly, there was no authority given to the government in the Act to frame Rules to drive the Act ahead, equipped with provision to execute prescribed punishment in case of contravention of the Act. He had submitted a draft for amendment of the Act to authorize the Government to frame the Rules and another draft detailing the Rules and procedure he proposed for punishment to contraveners of the Act. His draft Rules also contained several other sections for complete implementation of the Act.

On getting these drafts, the Chief Minister was in fidgets, because of his total inability to work in Oriya. He shrewdly killed the Ministerial Committee.

Under the circumstances, Pattanayak notified the people in his social media page as above and prepared for a new type of movement. In order to wake up the people to the severe danger to their language, he, who had, in his book ‘Role of Mass Media in creation of Orissa‘, given the first ever trumpet call in 2009 for reviving the lost linguistic nationalism, planned out how to build up an agitation which the Government cannot legally suppress. Media consultant Pabitra Mohan Maharatha, his close colleague in Save the Samaja campaign, pledged total support to him and then the duo approached three other media persons, namely Pradyumna Satpathy, Tusarkanta Satpathy and Sagar Satpathy and Bhasha Andolan took birth.

After 39 days of this epoch making movement, the Chief Minister announced to accept the first demand. The Act would be amended in the next session of the Assembly, he announce. Bhasha Andolan insisted that if the CM was sincere in his statement, he should bring in the amendment under an Ordinance the same day. This demand was accepted and the Act was amended by an Ordinance on May21, 2016 and assurance was announced to create the Rules, as per the draft mentioned supra.

We are putting here a TV Channel discussion to recall the day.

Bhasha Andolan had suspended its Black Flag campaign till August 15, 2016 relying upon the CM’s announcement to create the Rules by August 14, 2016. But the government hoodwinked the people by making a harsh of Rules that only appointed a Committee of a group of officers to act as ex-officio members. Bhasha Andolan rejected that farce and revived its Black Flag campaign.

Tremendous popular support to this epoch making movement made the Cabinet have a special meeting at Puri where the ruling party was holding its 20th anniversary on 26th December 2017. It unanimously resolved to accept the Bhasha Andolan demand for punishment to contraveners of the Act. But the Bureaucracy infested with anglicized mentality to whom the Chief Minister’s aversion to Oriya language suits most, foiled the collective wisdom of the Cabinet.

Attempts were made to persuade the Bhasha Andolan to stop its Black Flag campaign in view of the speaking resolution of the Cabinet. The movement leadership refused to to be hoodwinked in view of its 2016 August experience. The Black Flag campaign shall continue till the legal provision is unambiguously made, it said.

Instead of taking to task the mandarins who disobeyed the Cabinet resolution, the Chief Minister continued to foil the very purpose for which Orissa was created. His ministerial colleagues with enough political experience, in a meeting on 14th last month, resolved again to provide for punishment to contraveners of the Act, by amending it in the proximate session of the Assembly. The Cabinet also declared that from Utkal Divas, which is today, Oriya would be inviolably enforced as the language of service to the people.But, the Bill of the proposed amendment is not even drafted till date and yet again the Chief Minister has failed to make his administration obedient to the Cabinet.

This scenario juxtaposed with the TV Channel discussion embedded above makes it clear that by refusing to be hoodwinked by the Cabinet decisions the Bhasha Andolan has taken the correct stand. This movement is the last hope for Orissa.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A vast stretch of 84 acres of land had been earmarked for Odia University in Gayalabanka near Bhubaneswar when a language mafia group was trying to bag the land in the name of the University. By declaring to establish the said University in public sector, under the pressure of Bhasha Andolan, the Government has foiled the mafia mischief, though, in order not to dissatisfy them completely, ingredients are kept in the Odia University Act to cohabit with the said mafia gang in future. Bhasha Andolan has been agitating against the mischief.

However, instead of proceeding to establish the Univ in the earmarked 84 acres plot, the Government is searching for a new location. A BJD stooge Sankar Parida is insisting that the Univ be established in the Bakula Bana where Utkalamani Gopabandhu and his compatriots had established the best of ideal Schools of the era called Satyabadi Bana Bidyalaya. Even as the mafia gang recently has used poet Sitakanta Mohapatra who said that the new Univ be named after Sarala Das with leaders of the gang, Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and Subrat Prusty as VC and Registrar thereof, a TV channel, now discernibly pro-BJD, has started a campaign to make the Bakula Bana a people’s choice for the Univ site. This provokes us to apprehend that the mafia gang is conspiring to change the name of the University from Odia University to Sarala (or Satyabadi) University and keep the name ‘Odia University’ free for the mafia that have their eyes on the highly valuable 84 acres earmarked in the name of Odia University only. This conspiracy shall have to be foiled. Hence, we would stress that the Odia University be established in Gayalabaka where the land has already been earmarked in its favor. This requires that the Government must stop the drama of cultivating public preference through a guided TV search to allot the Bakula Bana to this Univ.

We have since long been demanding that the Servants of Peoples Society which has fraudulently captured the Samaja newspaper by using a forged will of Gopabandhu Das created by two of the newspaper’s former editors and Orissa’s education ministers – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath; and willfully ruined the Bana Bidyalaya – be forced to restore the Bidyalaya in its original seat in the Bakula Bana. It must not be allowed to be used otherwise.

On the other hand, land is being searched for a 2nd campus of Ramadevi Women’s University at Bhubaneswar. The found out location for this Univ in the campous of Utkal University at vani Vihar has raised severe protests and it may so happen that the fertile minds of the mandarins may prefer the Bakula Bana for the purpose. That would put our girl students to immense frustration.

This nuisance jerked us into locating if a suitable land is available for the R.D.W. University in Bhubaneswar as we stress upon establishment of the public sector Odia University on its earmarked land in Gayalabanka. This is the land we have located.

Government of Orissa had acquired it for public purpose under declaratory letter No. 68431-L.A.-71/85. it is situated in Bhoi Nagar, Unit 9 behind Baya Baba Math, Bhubaneswar. Under the Land Acquisition law it is a government land awaiting government activities. But Government of Orissa has been running under red eyes of hooligans and MLAs that have the power to force gullible voters to vote for BJD. One such category of gullible voters are the slum dwellers. Therefore, a ruling party heavyweight has promoted a slum on this acquired land of 30 acres. The Government may use the intelligence wing to find if the slum dwellers are paying rent to a BJD MLA or not. If yes, the slum on the government acquired land is in reality a wrongful income-fetching hub of a BJD MLA.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, if honesty and probity do carry any importance for him, should rise to the occasion and establish the Women’s Univ on this stretch of land ; or if the Gayalabanka land earmarked for the Odia Univ would be re-leased to poor people whose lease was cancelled to make the land available for the said Univ, to make this land the seat of the public sector Odia University. City environment crying for habitability also needs this.

Sarala Chair in apparent scandal

Roving Reporter

Adikabi Sarala Das Chair of Odia Studies established in JNU with the support of Government of Orissa is simmering into a scandal of post fixation with interview conducted on 14th March for a post of Assistant Professor.

The scandal is apparent, because one Subrat Kumar Prusty , associate of Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak in stealing of the documented report of Orissa Government for classical status of Oriya language, was shortlisted as a candidate in blatant disregard to “the minimum qualifications” stipulated in the advertisement for the post. Nine aspirants had applied out of which four candidates were shortlisted including Prusty. Had the “minimum qualifications” been adhered to, Prusty could never have become a candidate.

One of the “minimum qualifications” is: teaching/research experience of at least 05 years in Odia Language, literature and cultural traditions and social institutions. Another relevant “minimum qualification” is: experience of teaching/guiding research.

Prusty does not possess these “minimum qualifications” so expressly and essentially required for “teaching and research program in Odia Language and cultural traditions and social institutions”. He is “an associate” of Dr. Debi Prasanna Patnaik, who in nexus with Asok Panda and Manoranjan Panigrahi, minister and secretary respectively of Culture, has taken several lakhs of Rupees from the State Exchequer when legally none of them – individually or collectively – is qualified to take the money. The Chair being established with the support of this department controlled by Panda and Panigrahi, Prusty was shortlisted as a candidate for interview under their pressure, a source discloses.

In February 2016 Prusty was rejected in an interview for a lecturer post in Utkal University on the ground that he was neither teaching in any College/University nor was guiding any research in Oriya. On the other hand, he had attracted condemnation in social media for his shameless use of obnoxious words.

Shortlisting him for the highly prestigious and important post of Assistant Professor on the Chair is generating suspicion that the post has been fixed. If Prusty bags the post, there would be no doubt that the same was fixed.

Stop cheating the farmers:Leader of Orissa Opp asks the govt.s in the State and the Centre

Leader of Opposition in Orissa Assembly Narasingh Mishra came down heavily upon both the Governments at the State and the Centre that, to him, are cheating the farmers.

The House was debating on the adjournment brought by his chief-whip on “apathy of the State and the Centre on the plight of farmers’.

BJD that rules the State had promised in its 2014 manifesto to provide irrigation to 10 lakh hectares in the current term. The promise is discernibly left in the lurch, he said. This tantamount to cheating the farmers with promises designed to bring in votes only. he asked the BJD government to show if a single medium or major irrigation project has been completed within its entire tenure of 18 years. Similarly in a diatribe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the distinguished debater denounced him for his blatant cheating to the farmers whom he had assured of revision of ‘Minimum Support Price’ to one-and-half-time the cost of production while seeking mandate in 2014. Modi even avoided the Assembly’s House Committee on the issue of MSP, he roared.

BJP members Basant Panda and Rabinarayan Das held the BJD government responsible for the plight of farmers as it neither is honoring the Centre’s guideline on pest control nor protecting their economy through bonus.

Taraprasad Bahinipati slammed the State Government over its blatant failure in agricultural front and felt, when the State is depending on import of vegetables and fruits and poultry and fishery product on Andhra Pradesh, basking under tags of Krushi Karman awards to this government should be viewed as awards to the unworthy.

Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy refused to agree with the allegation, asserting that the Govt. has been able to “double” farmers’ income within a decade.

Governor’s speech exposes how parochial is the State Government

Subhas Chandra pattanayak

Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir read out today his customary speech to the Legislative Assembly of Orissa on the commencement of its Budget session. This including obituary mentions was the only legitimate business transacted before the House was adjourned.

I am not inclined to discuss the speech. Better be it left to the wisdom of the Assembly members.

The only point that hits me as an embarrassment to Orissa is his mention of “commemorative postage stamp” released on the occasion of Biju Patnaik’s 102nd birthday, while keeping completely mum over the most prestigious Palanquin Carried Cover released by the Department of Posts on Rasagola, the symbol of Oriya Mana in the current context of Geographical Indication.

There is no cause for Oriyas, who know the reality of Biju Patnaik, to celebrate the postage stamp on him. Had his treachery against India in Chinese aggression not been suppressed despite findings arrived at through enquiry, Biju would certainly have ended in the Jails or in the gallows. He being a part of the Ruling Party at that time, both the successive Prime Ministers – Nehru and Sastry – had helped him escape prosecution and punishment. It is a matter of shame that the same Biju Patnaik, whom people of Orissa had punished through rejection for his corrupt practices, is being posthumously deified by fellows to whom probity in public life carries no importance. So, to us Oriyas, who had wisely rejected him in the last election of his life, a commemorative postage stamp on him is a matter to be laughed at.

But, to us Oriyas, the Palanquin Carried Cover recognizing the Rasagola as our indigenous sweetmeat, more ancient in age than all its namesakes in any part of India irrespective of differences in spelling, is recognition of our Mana by the Government of India, particularly in the Department of Posts.

It is a shame that the Governor has not put this splendid recognition on records in his speech to the Assembly.

Mr. Jamir, as the Governor, is, of course, a prisoner of statue that makes him read a written address to the Assembly prepared by the State Government.

Hence absence of the mention of the Palanquin Carried cover on Rasagola – Orissa’s national sweetmeat of Nilardri Bije significance, inherently enriched with the concept of Orissa’s indigenous Buddhist Sahajayan called ‘Cult of Jagannath’ – while mentioning of postage stamp on Biju, shows how parochial is Government of Orissa.

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 →