Kalinga TV presents Bhasha Andolan Chief Subhas C Pattanayak in Capital Khati

Bhubaneswar Bureau
People of Orissa, including its political and bureaucratic communities should watch this video to see how ‘Bhasha Andolan’, the world’s unique linguistic revolution is arousing the people against the government’s deviltry in matter of their mother tongue. The chief of the movement Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has elaborated what the movement stands for and aims at.

BJP MUST NOW SAY IF IT SUPPORTS THE DEMAND OF BHASHA ANDOLAN FOR PUNISHMENT TO WHOSOEVER CONTRAVENES ORISSA OFFICIAL LANGUAGE ACT, 1954

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

It was amusing to watch the royal style of Prime Minister Mr. Modi as he with his motorcade surged into the chest of Orissa’s capital city this afternoon that reminds one the style of the autocrats whose pompous appearance in public to keep the people cowed down was quashed by our predecessors, some of whom are yet alive. With utmost pride, we call them ‘freedom fighters’.

As Oriyas we are a magnanimous people. Gandhiji had described us as a “fine race”. So, we welcome Mr. Modi and his team members that have preferred our State Capital to have their National Executive. It is also a matter of pride for us that the party that has saved our country from the pernicious grip of the Congress Party, the party of the American stooge Manmohan Singh, has preferred our place as the venue of its National Executive.

Before proceeding further, let me share with you the unedited extemporal version of my interview to a TV channel a few days ago. In this interview, I have, despite my strong views against capitalism equally strongly wished BJP to win the 2019 elections in Orissa so as to save our State from Naveen Patnaik, who has ruined our mother tongue and has been patronizing a gang of mafia that has been sabotaging Orissa’s cry for governance in Oriya. This is the link to the link to the unedited video of my interview.

With this my view put on records, I urge upon the BJP online workers to notify their leaders in session here on their political agenda to state specifically the party’s views on the demands of Bhasha Andolan.
Bhasha Andolan has forced the State Government to amend Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 to acquire the authority to frame necessary Rules to drive the Act ahead, the provision of which was absent in the Act. The 2nd demand is for provision of penal action against whosoever functionary contravenes the Act of 1954 and sabotages Oriya as official language. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is not heeding to this demand, as he himself is not able to read and write in Oriya. And, like his father Biju Patnaik, he hates Oriya.

Bhasha Andolan has aroused amongst the people of Orissa their passion for the mother tongue and determination for establishing the primacy and paramountcy of Oriya language in administration and management of all public places and offices in Orissa. Notwithstanding their tall claims, BJP local leadership knows that unexpected success the Party got in Panchayat polls a few weeks ago was not authored by the voters’ love for BJP, but by the people’s determination to teach Naveen a lesson for paying no heed to the demand of the Bhasha Andolan for punishment to contraveners of Orissa Official Language Act. So we believe, when the National leadership of BJP is meeting in Bhubaneswar, the Party shall specifically speak up on how it looks at the demand of Bhasha Andolan for complete governance of Orissa in Oriya and provision of punishment to whosoever contravenes it.

Thinking Oriyas should take note of this

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In a peculiar situation, as a bunch of Congress leaders including his closest ones in politics were too ambitious for J.B.Pattnaik to retain his grip on administration as strongly as before, which led to his resignation; and, as the Congress had suffered loss of dignity in the cobweb of Sonia Gandhi’s ill-advised spree of exhibition of her authority, which she was displaying by setting political lightweights one after one as his substitutes, the State had fallen in the hands of Naveen Patnaik under a confused flow of sympathy generated for the bereft children of Biju Patnaik, whom, despite having deracinated from office due to rampart misrule, the magnanimous people of Orissa had pardoned on his death.

Naveen could have given Orissa a good government, as a team of astute politicians with vast personal knowledge on Orissa and expertise in legislation, were with him. But, he treated Orissa as a fee simple and kicked out the founding fathers of his party – one after another.

As a result, the State has fallen to such a labyrinth of abject poverty, that jumping silent zones of introvert sorrows, news of a father or a mother selling away his / her baby for lack of ability to provide food to the child or for earning food for sustenance of the family for a few days, make frequent headlines.

Majority of the population is suffering inanition due to starvation. Lest there are huge starvation deaths – as that would attract world attention to his misrule – Naveen has been squandering away the State Exchequer in meeting the heavy subsidy to provide rice at the rate of one rupee per kg to keep them in slow-starvation.

Agriculture all over Orissa is suffering because of the unavailability of agricultural workers. Wherever workers from neighboring states are available, cultivation is somewhat managed there. But rest of Orissa is suffering loss in agriculture as local workers are reluctant to work. When farmers’ suicide has become less surprising in this sad situation, the general perception is that one-rupeean-rice is making the agricultural workers lazy.

But, my finding in the field was shocking. On September 4, 2015 I have described that. Naveen doesn’t bother.

When it was noted that the people had no money to pay even Rs. 2/- per a Kg of rice, to evade mass starvation deaths, Naveen converted the scheme to one-rupeean.

And, this scheme has kept our people in slow starvation, even as the party in power has been exploiting their slow-starvation induced inanition to drag their votes to its boxes in elections from Panchayat to Parliament. Naveen believes, as long as the poor people are kept in slow starvation, he shall be in power by dragging their inane votes to BJD boxes.

And, perhaps this has emboldened him to declare that the BJP National Executive meeting in Orissa after a few days and the possible review of the execution of central projects by the Union Officials at the same time will have no impact on his vote bank.

Thinking minds should take note of this.

Orissa: The purpose of its creation

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The sole purpose of the movement for creation of Orissa as a separate province was ‘use of Oriya as official language’ instead of any other language.

The province was created on April 1, 1936 comprising majority of Oriya speaking tracks, as the first linguistic State of India.

Supporting the demand for amalgamation of all areas inhabited by the Oriya speaking people, Mahatma Gandhi had noted in Young India on February 18, 1920 that the movement “raises the large question of redistribution on linguistic basis” and had stated, “This fine (Oriya) race cannot possibly make the natural advance which is its due, if it is kept split up into four divisions for no sound reason”.

The British had split up the Oriya speaking areas into four parts and clubbed those parts in neighboring provinces in order to weaken the militant race by reducing them to linguistic minority in Madras in the south, Madhyapradesh in the west, and Bengal in the northeast. Its fear for Oriya “disposition” had, of course, forced it to play this mischief.

After occupying Bengal and majority part of India, the East India Company had claimed ownership over Khurda, the citadel of the Gajapati Emperor, who, despite having lost his empire, rules even today over every Oriya heart by inheritance, revered as the moving incarnation of Lord Jagannath.

The people raised their swords against the invader British. Giving an account thereof, in ‘A sketch of the History of Orissa’ G. Toynbee writes, “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”. This was in 1803.

History has yet to be honest to recognize that this was the first war of independence from British yoke that was so strong that, in his report dated September 9, 1818, the Magistrate of the area W.Forrester had to write to Commissioner Robert Ker, “the nature of the country and disposition of the inhabitants will always present formidable obstacle to the suppression of these disturbances either by Military or Police” , following which the British had to make a truss with the General of Khurda, Buxi Jagabandhu Vidyadhar Mohapatra.

This truss eventually elevated the East India Company from the status of a Company to Government.
The present day Orissa was not the Orissa of those days. A portion of it comprising the modern districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack (minus Athgarh Sub-Division), Jagatsinghpur and Puri were known as ‘Mughalbandi Orissa’ and the rest comprising 26 Garhjat Kingdoms was known as the ‘Princely Orissa’. The King of Khurda – The Gajapati – was the spiritual sovereign over all of those Kings. When Khurda made a truss with the Company and accepted them as a kingly power, all the Garhjat Kings recognized the British similarly and signed truss of peaceful living with the British. Before attacking Khurda, the Company had diplomatically obtained occupancy over the Mughalbandi Orissa. With the Princes signing the truss of peace, the entire Oriya speaking area de facto came into British control. With this diplomatic victory, the British proceeded to divide the Oriya speaking tracks and club them, as noted supra, with neighboring provinces under the pretence of administrative facility.

Reduced to linguistic minorities in those provinces, the Oriyas lost their mana and means of livelihood to people of those provinces, as their beloved mother tongue Oriya did not stay the official language.
Bengalis being the first Indians to serve the British Company that had occupied Bengal, persons from them were imported to Mughalbandi Orissa to work in company offices. Through treachery and tricks, these Bengali personnel plundered the land and tried to ruin the language of the people. It was so severe that a British Officer, who served as Collector of Cuttack – Mr. W. Troyer – has said, “A regular system of oppression and peculation appear to exist throughout and instead of proving a protection to the country and a preventive against improper conduct, these people (the Bengali personnel) are considered as the terror and the scourge of the district” (Troyer’s Report dated May 23, 1817, Manuscript Vol. No.387, Orissa State Archives).

On the southern part, clubbed into Madras, when Telugu became the official language in place of Oriya, the people lost their positions and properties to the Telugu community. The first ever protest against this was raised in a mass meeting of the people of southern Orissa on September 11, 1870 at Rasulkonda (present-day Bhanjnagar) under the leadership of Dinabandhu Pattanayak of Ghumusar of Ganjam. This meeting called upon the Oriya population to demand for revival of the Oriya language as official language. The resolution detailed the devastation the Oriyas were subjected to as Telugu was clamped on them as the official language in place of Oriya (Utkal Dipeeka, October 22, 1870)

Western part of Orissa, known as the Princely Orissa, suffered the most as Hindi was imposed as official language in place of Oriya. The great poet Gangadhar Meher criticized the kings, even his own, for their silence in a poem captioned Utkala Bharatinka Nibedan (Sambalpur Hiteisini, March 5, 1895) and build up the first linguistic nationalism ever witnessed in India. A powerful movement of the people under the leadership of Chandra Sekhar Behera, Dharanidhar Mishra, Brajamohan Pattanayak et al for revival of Oriya as official language gathered momentum, with whole of Oriya population supporting the cause under leadership of Kulagourav Madhusudan Das .

Viceroy Lord Curzon had to ask Andrew Frazer, Chief Commissioner of the Central Province to make a spot study and report if the movement and demand had any justification. Frazer’s report (October 15, 1901) was concluded with this observation: “What I am convinced of is this, that Oriya, not Hindi, ought to be the Court Language of Sambalpur, and that in this case, Sambalpur ought to be joined to Orissa, to which it really belongs”. It described the details of the people’s sufferings as Oriya had not remained the official language.

On the basis of Frazer’s report, Sambalpur ultimately merged in Orissa and the process of the amalgamation of Oriya speaking tracks started, as was also emphasized by Gandhiji in Young India noted supra. And Orissa of the present day was created as the first linguistic State of India on April 1, 1936.
Thus, the State of Orissa was created in fulfillment of the people’s determination to see their affairs managed in their own language – Oriya.

The political leadership of the day and the mandarins will be forced to honor this reality, when they are ruining Oriya by running the administration in English.

Congress in Orissa: Revival possible if Legislative Wing is brought into discipline

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

With resignation of AICC member-in-charge B. K. Hariprasad (BKH) after debacle of the Congress Party in Panchayat elections in Orissa, its legislative wing heavyweights have started calling out for resignation of PCC President Sri Prasad Harichandan, against whom they are seemingly in conspiracy since long.

Prasad has rightly refused to oblige them and in that, he has shown praiseworthy patience as a responsible leader committed to his Party.

In a sense, BKH could be responsible for the debacle of the party; because he had probably not informed the party high command of the demoralizing effect of the activities of the legislative wing on party organization.

The legislative wing was acting as a body, independent of the Party leadership, whereas no disciplinary steps were taken against the leadership of this wing. It had pushed the workers and supporters of the party into utter confusion. And, resultantly, the party has suffered.

An analysis of reactions in social media strongly suggests that the thinking people of Orissa are obviously unhappy with emergence of BJP as more acceptable than Congress in the State, though they are utmost happy over the debacle of BJD.

It means, the Congress has every possibility of getting back the public support, as Orissa has started to reject and shall continue to reject the party of the sycophants of Naveen Patnaik. But this depends upon imposition of discipline on its legislative wing and teaching this wing that it has to work under the party leadership, not independently. If the over-ambitious elements of this wing would leave the party, let that happen.

The issue is not personal at all; and should never be.

Whether or not the Legislative/Parliamentary wing of a political party is subservient to organizational leadership of the party is the issue that seems most calling at the moment.

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 →