Rasagola: Orissa again in the trap against Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

An eminent culture-scholar Asit Mohanty had produced a well-documented thesis on how Rasagola originated in Orissa and became a distinguished dish of offering (Bhoga) in the system of Sri Jagannath.

His endeavor was meant for claiming the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for this pride innovation of the people of Orissa, famous always for their matchless creativity and culinary skill.

As and when a new dish of excellent taste is innovated by any Oriya, he wants to offer the same to Sri Jagannath and after detailed study of whether the dish is absolutely indigenous to Orissa, the Temple Administration / the Gajapati allows the offering, which, then becomes official dish and gets enlisted as a ‘Bhoga’. Thus a list of Chhapana Bhoga is in vogue, in the Sri Mandira system of Jagannatha, where any item, which is not indigenous to Orissa, is banned from being offered to the Lord. As for example, potato that mostly come from Bengal, being an imported vegetable called by Oriyas as ‘Bilati Alu‘ is banned from being used in Mahaprasad. This peculiar practice in Sri Mandira makes it unambiguously clear that Rasagola has its origin in Orissa; because, otherwise it would never have been used in Sri Mandira.

Some of the Bengalis, who for salvation rush to Puri always, possibly acquired the technique of Rasagola preparation from Puri and started projecting the same as a Bengali innovation, exactly as they had falsely claimed Sri Jaya Dev, the author of the love songs compiled as Gita Govinda. Innumerable legends were created to show Jaya Dev as Bengali and ultimately their claim over the great love-lyricist was found to be false. They have similarly created concocted literature to show Rasagola as their own. Oriyas were usually laughing at their pretense and ignoring their claim.

But when the GI phenomenon emerged, Sri Mohanty, an active sentinel of Orissan cultural uniqueness, genuinely apprehended that they may try to mislead the world on origin of Rasagola. Therefore, he urged upon the Government of Orissa with elaborate evidences in support of Rasagola’s Oriya origin, to apply for the GI Tag to this particular item of Orissa’s vast treasure of sweetmeat. The news clip shows that he presented his well researched document to the concerned Minister Pradip Panigrahi on 14th July 2016 along with a hundred enclosures.

Such incompetent is the incumbent political leadership of Orissa that the State was not allowed to claim the Tag under spurious pretenses till West Bengal obtained the tag for what she calls ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ on 14 November 2017.

Whosoever slept over the document of Asit babu is certainly an agent of Bengali interest. Had that not been so, the GI Tag to ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ could not have been granted, as it kills the very purpose and the spirit of the GI concept.

The GI Register has acted without application of mind in granting this Tag to Bengal. The very name – Banglar Rasogolla – is a very unambiguous confirmation of the reality, that, it is something, which is not the Rasogolla proper, but something that is created out of “Rasogolla” proper; the word “Banglar” being a qualifying prefix.

Minimum commonsense could have made the GIR understand that, “Rasogolla” proper must be belonging to a geographical location which never belongs to Bengal.

Hence, he should have gone for finding out the item’s real place of birth, for which the Law has also empowered him.

Thus the GIR, without application of mind, has given the tag to Banglar Rasogolla, which is deceptively similar to Rasagola originally created in Orissa. The tag deserves to be recalled, nullified.

When GIR order exposed that there was no application from Orissa for the Tag, caught naked, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wants to escape.

From what Minister Prafulla Samal has said, the government is eager to file its application for the Tag. Shockingly, it not to apply for nullification, recall of the Tag given to Banglar Rasogolla. It would apply, instead, for GI Tag to Jagannath Rasagola, a nomenclature which is never in existence in Orissa.

If any such application would be preferred, the State will be wronged yet again by the coterie of non-Oriyas that is controlling Orissa, taking advantage of political power concentrated in the hands of a person, who, despite being a chief minister for a fourth term, has not become an Oriya in nature and in spirit.

Rasagola, which is indigenous to Orissa, will never be registered, if the application is made for the new name ‘Jagannatha Rasagola’.

Somebody somewhere else may apply for GI registration of Rasagola and the same being a proper name, not qualified with any prefix, shall bag the Tag.

The non-Oriya officialdom, which, by willfully ignoring the documented argument advanced by Asit Mohanty, has destroyed Orissa’s sure possibility of getting the GI Tag for Rasagola, is determined to squander away Orissa’s exchequer by appointing non-Oriya lawyers to raise the case before the GIR, as if, Orissa is barren of legal brains. The secret design may be investigated into.

For our population to know how strong was the case of Orissa for GI Tag to our Rasagola, I am giving here the links to what Asit babu had helped the government with, to claim the Tag.

This is the link to his unedited document in English which he had handed over to the concerned minister, as noted supra, on 13th July 2016:

https://www.scribd.com/document/365045434/Rasagola-for-ODISHA

This is the link to his unedited write up in Oriya which the State’s official journal Utkal Prasanga has also carried in its July 2016 edition:

https://www.scribd.com/document/365121869/Rasagola-of-Odisha

Sadly all the endeavors of this brilliant researcher were rendered inconsequential by the Government under mysterious circumstance.

It seems, in the impasse over Rasagola, as the Government is preferring a non-existent name instead of the proper name, under the de facto non-Oriya chief minister Naveen Patnaik, whose non_Oriya dominated officialdom is preferring a non-Oriya lawyer to an Oriya lawyer in the case to be raised before the GIR, Orissa is again in the trap against Orissa.

Sambad streamer is baffling; comes from Kanak News

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

“All are reluctant to become the Chief Minister” is the caption of today’s streamer of daily Sambad on the occasion of its 33rd birthday. The baffling caption comes from its sister concern Kanak News.

Kanak News, the TV channel owned by the owner of Sambad – Eastern Media Ltd. – in a specific-purpose-event organized on October 3 at State Information Centre (Jayadev Bhavan), Bhubaneswar, asked three eminent leaders of three major political parties to spell out what would be their respective dream if consecrated as Chief Minister of Orissa. Their individual answer had a commonality that made the channel to conclude: none of them dream of becoming the Chief Minister.

The three were Dr. Damodar Raut (BJD), Bijay Mohapatra (BJP) and Narasingh Mishra (Congress).

Why these three persons were chosen for the question is not known, though it is known to any political observer that in their parties none of them is regarded as a chief ministerial candidate.

If Kanak News was serious in its pursuit to find out how an would-be political head should be dreaming about Orissa, it should have invited parties instead of individuals to answer such a pertinent question.

But it seems, primacy of political parties in this Republic doesn’t carry any meaning for channels that eye on income under the pretense of news and prefer person-centric plutocracy to ism-centric democracy.

Gandhiji was born never to die

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

On Gndhiji’s seventieth birthday in 1939, Albert Einstein had said:

A leader of his people, unsupported by any outward authority; a politician whose success rests not upon craft nor the mastery of technical devices, but simply on the convincing power of his personality; a victorious fighter who has always scorned the use of force; a man of wisdom and humility, armed with resolve and inflexible consistency, who has devoted all his strength to the uplifting of his people and the betterment of their lot; a man who has confronted the brutality of Europe with the dignity of the simple human being, and thus at all times risen superior.

Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.

True.

Even this generation scarce believes that Mahatma Gandhi was a reality.
Otherwise, how is it that the fellows, who stand against everything that Gandhiji stood for, rule the roost?

Does it matter? No. The relevance of Gandhiji is so very irreversible that the community of his killer also sings glory to him, like the Satan sings glory to the God.

Gandhiji was killed, because he refused to be communal. The world knows, communal harmony is the only key to its survival.

And, here, therefore, despite death, Ganghi is alive and will live forever. He was born never to die.

Language Mafia on the prowl: Governor moved to refuse assent to Odia University Bill

(Bhubaneswar Bureau)

Bhasha Andolan, Orissa has submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Orissa at 11.30am today urging upon him to refuse accent to the Odia University Bill adopted by the Assembly on 14th this month , alleging that, it is pregnant with congenital defects, which, unless removed, would help language mafia on the prowl to prey uopn State-funded research outcomes.

Citing an instance, the Andolan leadership apprised the Governor of how a gang of language mafia acting under the cover of a Trust namely Institute of Odia Studies and Research, has stolen the document prepared by Odia Bhasha Pratisthan in support of the State’s claim for classical status to Oriya language in order to earn for itself an identity as a body of researchers, which identity it was badly in need of to acquire huge streach of land for its private project, incidentally an university, styled Odia University.
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More menacing than the mishap

This is the collapsed flyover bridge at Bamikhal, Bhubaneswar that gives a real testimony to how efficiently Sri Naveen Patnaik administers Orissa, which the remote-controlled media house that projected him as the best administering CM of India should juxtapose with its report.

Naveen babu is the minister of works and the collapsed bridge is under construction by the works department through its preferred contractor. He rushed to the Capital Hospital to see the victims and wanted to say something at the sometime.

A friend has sent me a video clip that he captured from the screen of Prameya News7, which bears the picture of the CM uttering a few words in the Capital Hospital. I have put it in youtube for ready reference.

It shows that the CM reads out from a piece of paper what somebody else wants him to say! This is more menacing than the mishap.

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 →