SAHITYAKOSHA – The Best Tribute to JB by Sambad and Ama Odisha

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik has given Orissa a great gift in form of an encyclopedia of Orissa’s letters and creativity, captioned Sahityakosha, which was released on January 3 with Prof. Indra Nath Choudhuri delivering the first J.B.Patnaik Memorial Lecture.

Regretting how “the modern political culture destabilizes (the people’s) unity and fragments and dehumanizes the individual and forces him to rely heavily on the coercive institution of the State ruled by some political party”, Prof. Choudhuri recalled J.B., who had “expanded” his pro-people aptitude in journalism to his role as a political leader of eminence.

“I was not a journalist only; I was a journalist-politician”, JB had told  Wasbir Hussain at Guwahati on 5 May 2010 on News Live, Northeast India’s largest satellite channel.

“I developed strong feelings against casteism, communalism, untouchability and exploitation of the poor by the rich zamindars and greedy capitalists. These feelings got reflected on the pages of the newspapers (I edited). I took upon myself the duty of fighting for the interest of the country’s poor and genuine interests of Odisha. In the papers that I edited, the plight of the people who suffered due to droughts and floods were highlighted and the absence of governmental help at these places were duly reported. In my editorials, I tried to be as fearless, unequivocal and critical as possible”(Some words, some dreams, Janaki Ballav Patnaik, jointly edited by Hussain  and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik), Prof. Choudhuri quoted.

Subject of the Memorial Lecture was “The Crisis in Nationalism:A search for resolution in Tagore and Gandhi” and hence, of course, Prof. Choudhuri had to limit his reference to JB to the ideals of both Tagore and Gandhi in socio-spiritual and religio-societal sphere. Therefore in his speech, there was no mention of how deeply Sri Patnaik had been involved with the mission of making Oriya the Official Language of Orissa.  It is JB who had tried to enforce implementation of the Act of 1954 in right earnest. Therefore, befitting his memory, on the occasion of the first Memorial Lecture on him, Sambad and Ama Odisha, headed by Soumya Ranjan, have brought out the first of its kind Encyclopedia of Oriya literature that not only is a Who is Who of Oriya authors, but also is a matchless reference book on all important components of Oriya mana depicted in Oriya literature, which include Religion, Philosophy, History, Social Science, Humanism, Economy as well as various aspects of Oriya literature including its history and its contributions to knowledge and science. It not only discusses persons, but also deals with noteworthy subjects and phenomena focused in Oriya literature to which the general public of Orissa frequent in their day to day activities.

As many as 120 eminent scholars have contributed around 3,500 in-depth input to this unique starting encyclopedia, which covers authors, artists, scientists and scholars and the likes of Orissa born before 1960, with references to their works. Obviously the next volume shall begin with the enhancers of Oriya mana born after 1960.

A team of five eminent scholars namely Dasarathi Das, Sudarshan Acharya,  Gaganendra Nath Das, Debendra Kumar Dash, and Gouranga Charan Dash have edited and compiled the contents, though, due to failing health, Prof. Gaganendra Nath Das had to leave the assignment midway.

In Orissa’s world of letters, Sahityakosha shall stay the most referable work from now on, no doubt.

Bhasha Andolan: A typical Oriya defines the Movement

This is a surprise gift from a friend, a noted cinema star of Orissa, who prefers not to be named.

As it often happens, Police stops the vehicles on the left side of the main road from Assembly to AG sqr. to make the Bhasha Andolan Black Flags invisible to the Chief Minister entering into the Secretariat.

On November 26, at 4.30 PM, while waiting inside his halted car for the Police to end the blockade, the star suddenly marked that a single person with the celebrated Black Flag of Bhasha Andolan in one hand and the movement’s placard on the other hand, oblivious of the force-parking of the vehicles, was marching towards the AG sqr. Never to miss this rare moment of this proud march of a typical Oriya, fighting to liberate his splendid mother tongue from the labyrinth of English, he commanded his finger instantly to the video recorder in his mobile phone.

Thus , this precious video is here to share. The lone hero of this video is Dr. Asoka Misra, whose unique invention of the most advanced scientific technology named ‘Misra Technology’, has given birth to a new era of invention, the world has been witnessing for around a decade.

November 26 was the day of Black Flag march in Puri. Top brass of the movement was busy there. Dr. Misra arrived at the Assembly gate to join the Capital Chapter of the Black Flag march. But he could not find the other friends who were to take up the march at Bhubaneswar. In fact, their common vehicle halted on the way, they were delayed. Dr. Mishra assumed that Puri might have kept them engaged. So, he collected a Black Flag and a placard from a place known to him and started his historical march all alone.

Friends later joined him.

But his singular march shall stay for ever incomparable in the annals of Bhasha Andolan as a sample of typicality of a competent member of the Oriya race, who never abandons his righteous disposition, come what may.

Dr. Misra has defined Bhasha Andolan in his incomparable conduct as a movement of conscience.

Elections 2018 : Rulers got thrashed

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Plutocracy won again; because democracy has given way to plutocracy in India. All that people rejected and all that people elected are of the same genre of political economy that have , election after election, taken the country from bad to worse.

Representatives of the people serve the interest of the rich in a plutocracy as they belong to the class of the rich or to the gang of the servants of the rich, aspiring to become rich by serving the rich. The most assertive and aggressive among them becomes the leader – Prime Minister as in India or Chief Minister as in an Indian State.

These fellows, heading a ministry, stay in power by intimidating their own colleagues by way of the mischief of ‘prerogative’and to keep them too dazzled to revolt,they pose, as if, they are the “Rulers”.

People avenge their notoriety at the time of elections. This had happened to Vajpayee. This had happened to Manmohan Singh. This has happened now to the Chief Ministers that were dazzling as the rulers.

Modi in the Center and Naveen in Orissa have, therefore, reasons to be worried.

Kendrapada roars for the mother tongue: Collector served with Bhasha Andolan Memo

Roving Reporter
Collector of Kendrapada deputed the Sub-Collector to receive on his behalf the Memorandum for which the District coordinator of Bhasha Andolan Ranjan Kumar Das had notified him earlier.

The Memorandum is meant to remind the Chief Minister of the ultimatum served on him by the Presidium of Bhasha Andolan, Orissa on 9.11.2018 demanding repeal of Section 4-A from the Orissa Official Language Act,1954, which he has wrongfully inserted by misleading the Assembly with false statement on Cabinet decision in the matter. When this wrongful insertion made through two successive amendments this year mischievously cripples the Act, the government has tried to weaken the Bhasha Andolan by taming two key persons that were associated with the movement from its beginning. One of these two persons Pabitra Maharatha is exposed to have misappropriated the funds of the movement and the other one Pradyumna Satpathy has tried to conceal the crime. These two fellows, in order to escape police action have tried to gain political protection by coming into a secret pact with the Government and have made an unauthorized declaration on July 16 that the Black Flag Campaign has stopped on the basis of fulfillment of the demand in espousing which the campaign had started on April 13, 2016. Their misconduct exposed, their claim rejected, the Black Flag Campaign is going on sans any interruption. Activists of Bhasha Andolan from various districts have started submitting Memorandums to their respective Collectors in support of the ultimatum served on the CM.

Kendrapada’s memorandum was reported in

We present here a video report received from Kendrapada.

Naveen insults Orissa in Hokey World Cup Competition also

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has ruined Orissa beyond repair in economic front, has deliberately made at least 70% of its population dependent on governmental mercy to survive starvation death in order to make them so inane that when election comes, they may not think of casting their votes against him.

To keep the people constantly intimidated by showing them that their mana bears no meaning for him, he has been insulting Orissa in every possible heinous way.

In order to show the world that Orissa is his fee simple and the people his subjects, he has squandered away public money in the Bhubaneswar edition of the Hokey World Cup in advertising himself as Orissa’s sole autocrat to whose whims and caprices people are bound to acquiesce in.

But not and never the Oriyas as a whole keep mum. There are people in Orissa to whom his conduct is a misconduct meticulously calculated to insult the people of Orissa whose language he hates to learn and refuses to work in.

National Secretary of Manab Adhikar Abhijan, Sujit Kumar Sahu, has observed his nasty manners in the following words in social media, which every visitor has liked, with not a single dislike so far. I am reproducing his words below to wake up the august members of my race to this severe insult.

Great heroes of hockey have been ignored on the inaugural ceremony of Odisha World Cup Hockey.
PadmaSri Dilip Tirkey who remained Captain of India Hockey team for the longest time and played maximum nos of international hockey from India has been ignored.

The inaugural function was not a film fare award ceremony to invite Bollywood stars.

It is shame that none of our great hockey players from Odisha was present on the stage with the CM.

Crores of rupees from our taxpayers money got ill-spent to rub shoulders with Film stars but few wards couldn’t be spoken either by CM or the organizer in praise of the simple innocent tribal hockey stars, those, who have made our state proud by bringing glory and laurels to our state and to the country as well.

How could the CM afford to forget to respect their sentiments and contributions?

It’s because of them, hockey has been popular in our state; not because our CM was goal keeper of Dun School hockey team.

Subhadra Karketa also captained INDIAN women hockey team. Not a single Olympian from Odisha was honored yesterday. All hockey lovers and hockey stars of the state have been ignored.
CM also never mentioned about the contribution of those hockey heroes in his inaugural speech.

It is very unfortunate.
(Sujit Kumar Sahu)

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 →