Drum-beating of imagined dreams stupefies Orissa, as the Country has failed to punish Biju Patnaik for his treason during Chinese Aggression

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

There is a Government in Orissa that is in power for twelve years as the people are stupefied under deafening drum-beating of imagined dreams of the incumbent Chief Minister’s father, late Biju Patnaik.

The opponents of the Chief Minister in the ruling party have formed a front of their own called Jan Morcha. And, this Morcha also beats the drum of dreams of Biju Patnaik!

If anything, this is an act of vested interest political acrobats to keep the people stupefied, so that vote catching can be easier for them.

I have tried to locate if Biju had really any dreams for the people of Orissa. I have found none. I have not found any dream that Biju Patnaik had for the people of Orissa. The man, who did not make his son learn even a single alphabet in Oriya language, cannot be taken as a man, who had dreams for Orissa. If he had any dream, that was only for occupying power to misuse power for his personal benefit. But yet, drum-beating of Biju dreams has been stupefying the political conscience in Orissa. Goebbels prevails when people are too gullible to go for the truth.

The truth is that Biju was a profit fetcher from politics. He had entered into politics to drag in funds and profits for his industries and eventually had left the industrial life as politics appeared to him to be the easiest way to fetch fabulous wealth without any botheration for cultivating and repaying loans, organizing markets and paying salaries.

So, politics for Biju was a profession for personal profit. And, in pursuit of profit, he was always trying to fetch and stay in power. His sycophants are trying to hide this reality under torrents of cooked up Biju dreams.

We have heard the deafening drumbeats of Biju dreams by both the quarreling fractions of the ruling party named after him on October 19, as the Chief Minister’s mega meeting at Berhampur militated against the dissidents’ press meet at Bhubaneswar on the same day. Therefore it would be proper to recall a particular episode of Biju’s life that had occurred 50 years ago when October 19 had metamorphosed into October 20, 1962, to get a glimpse of his dreams in pursuit of which he was using political power.

On that day, China had attacked India. And in that war, India had to suffer the most ignominious defeat after independence, because persons like Biju Patnaik had their dreams to fulfill.

Brig. John Delvi in his book ‘Himalayan Blunder’ has pointed out that India lost more than 11000 square kilometers of her land to China in the 1962 war because of lack of basic essentials like warm clothing, snow boots, and glasses.

Why the Indian Army had not got these essential supplies? This is because; Biju Patnaik had played the treachery.

He had fetched a contract to airdrop essential supplies to our soldiers in the NEFA front. But, instead of delivering the essentials to our soldiers, he had sold away the same in black-markets (Lok Sabha Debates (V) (1967) 7980-7990). Because of this treason, our soldiers had lost their stamina to fight and we were in the worst of debacles after our independence.

This particular debate was generated in the environment of availability of Lt. General B. M. Kaul’s accounts on our war debacle in his book ‘The Untold Story’, published on January 01, 1967.

In this book, he had attributed the defeat partly to inadequate supply of essential necessities too.

Biju Patnaik had obtained the contract for supply of essential necessities through his Kalinga Airways in the border to our forces engaged in defense of our land. But, instead of delivering the supply to the soldiers, he had sold them in the black-market at Calcutta, at Dibrugarh, at Jorhat and other places. In the Lok Sabha debate mentioned above, when Hem Barua had rued over this, S. M. Banerjee had pointed out that when in the snow-clad battlefield on the border our soldiers were in dire need of basic essentials like warm clothing, and some of the countries like West Germany had rushed profuse amount of top quality woolens like blankets, pullovers, shocks and snow-shoes etc for use of our fighting forces, that never reached them, as the rich people grabbed them for their own comfort through the black-market fed by Kalinga Airwayss of Biju Patnaik.

Despite having sold the essential defense supplies in the black-market, Biju Patnaik had bagged Rs. 1, 78, 33, 416.00 from the exchequer towards charges of their delivery in the border (Prime Minister Nehru’s reply to Surendranath Dwivedi in the Lok Sabha on 25 January 1963)

General Kaul had tried to hush up Biju’s offenses by attempts to divert public attention from Biju to Krishna Menon for India’s debacle. He has tried to convince us that Kalinga Airways could not carry out the supply, because Krishna Menon refused to grant Biju the necessary financial assistance for procuring more aircraft to use in transportation of essentials for the soldiers. He has written,

“Bijoo Patnaik, whom I had known for many years, and who had not yet become the Chief Minister, Orissa, came to see me in my office one day. …….. He told me, a fact which I knew, that owing to the limited resources of the Air Force, the External Affairs Ministry were maintaining the far-flung Assam Rifles military posts by air-drops in NEFA through the Kalinga Airways which was one of his concerns. Due to shortage of planes – which was, in turn, due to shortage of foreign exchange – the Kalinga Airways were unable to carry out this commitment fully. He, therefore, asked me if I could persuade my Defense Minister, Krishna Menon, to help in this matter by getting him the necessary foreign exchange for purchase of the additional aircraft. ………. I approached the Defense Minister ……… Krishna Menon told me that on no account was he prepared to help Kalinga Airways as it would indirectly mean that the Air Force, one of the Services under him, was incapable of carrying out this commitment. ……… No amount of argument on my part, however, was of any avail. The result was that the Assam Rifles posts remained inadequately supplied and in fact we were prevented at times from establishing more such posts, due to logistical reasons, which was operationally necessary”.

From Kaul’s accounts it is clear that the Assam Rifles military posts were being maintained by air-drops in NEFA through Biju Patnaik, much before China attacked us. And, more significantly, the Defense Minister, who was averse to his department’s contract with Biju Patnaik for the air-drops of essentials in the NEFA border, was not able to undo the contract. Obviously Biju’s patron was more powerful than the Defense Minister in deciding whether or not Biju was to continue with the contract. This most powerful man was Prime Minister Nehru. Because of Nehru, Krishna Menon was not able to discard Biju Patnaik.

Why did Menon reject Kaul’s pleadings for for Biju? It is because, he was aware of Biju’s profit motive and the illegalities Kalinga airways was involved with under his avarice. He was not willing to equip Biju with further opportunity to expand his business of treachery.

Biju had committed many offenses against the country even before the Chinese attack. One of these offenses was unauthorized use of an aircraft of his company- known to defense intelligence as a plane under contract with their department – on 26 October 1959 in secret service of a group of unidentified persons that had traveled to and fro between Calcutta and Bombay.

Questionable conduct of Biju’s airways, specifically as the defense of the country was involved, was inquired into through a committee headed by Katju. The findings of this Committee were devastating.

Had its report been placed before the Parliament in its entirety, Prime Minister Nehru’s short-sighted patronization to Biju and the felonies perpetrated through Kalinga Airways could have come to public knowledge. Therefore, Nehru’s government claimed privilege over the report and denied even the MPs to go through it, though on December 01, 1960, the Lok Sabha was fed with a vetted synopsis thereof after a lot of ruckus.

Biju was so much under the Prime Minister’s protection that the government had come out with a written statement that even though the Katju Committee had found massive irregularities committed by Kalinga airways, the government was not to terminate the contract with him.

However, the government would keep watchful eyes on Kalinga Airways so that no further irregularities it can commit, the minister had promised to the House.

But despite the promise given to the Parliament, the government failed to keep eyes on Biju, as a result of which, the defense supplies did not reach the soldiers in the battle field, but fetched profit for Biju from the black-market in places like Calcutta, Dibrugarh and Jorhat.

Minister of State (Home)Vidya Charan Shukla, as he then was, had told Atal Behari Vajpayee in reply to his star question bearing No. 785 on 28 June 1962, that the Public Accounts Committee had found many specific illegalities and forgeries,which the Kalinga Airways of Biju Patnaik had committed. He had informed that on the basis of the report, a committee of inquiry had been appointed to go into the details of the offenses and to recommend specific action to be taken. But no action was taken against him.

When the war was going on, Kalinga Airways had at least 1600 unauthorized flights on the war front. This was a serious offense. The PAC had located this offense. Who had funded these 1600 unauthorized flights over the border where the war was going on, and in the most sensitive time, has not been determined. But, surprisingly, after conclusion of the PAC report, the number of the suspicious and unauthorized flights was tampered with and in place of 1600, the figure was projected as 200. As Mr. G. G. Swell queried on who tampered with the figure of the unauthorized flights, Minister Shukla had declared, that the committee investigating into the specific offenses of Kalinga Airways, would also look into this mischief.

But, Biju never got the punishment he deserved for these offenses and treachery against the country when India was engaged in the war. Evidently though we lost 12000 square kilometers in the war, as our soldiers did not get the life-saving essentials, as Biju’s airways fed the black-markets with the same instead of air-dropping them in our military posts, the country has not yet punished him for the treason he committed. He escaped, because any action against him could also have brought to limelight the wrongful patronization Nehru had given to Biju oblivious of harms that was causing to the country.

The whereabouts of Kalinga Airways was not kept track of. The loss the nation suffered was not determined. The pilots of the airways without whose collaboration Biju could not have committed the illegalities were never interrogated. But reports were in print media that some of the aircraft had faced accidents that extinguished also the pilots whom the nation should have once interrogated to know the truth.

The drum-beaters of Biju-dreams are befooling the people by taking advantage of the country’s failure to punish him for his treason during the Chinese aggression. The Opposition Congress is not in a position to expose Biju’s treacheries; because thereby the bungling that Nehru had made, would also be exposed.

In such circumstances, use your conscience.

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  1. I was initially impressed by the articles appearing on Orissa Matters. But later on, I carry an impression that most of these articles are thoroughly biased against a particular party and its leader which is a departure from sound journalistic principles. Apparently these articles always carry an anti-BJD stand because Subash Chandra Patnaik has a history of problems with the Late Biju Patnaik which extends to his son Naveen and his political party. I know this comment may not be published as it goes against Subash Chandra Patnaik’s views. But, I am putting my comment as I feel it necessary to do so.

    • Dear Sri Mishra,

      Thanks for the time and mind given to the article.

      I welcome your comment as I want the issue raised to be debated. I never shy at any debate over my writings. I write, because the people have a right to be informed. So, I have always tried to reach at information to the best of my ability and share researched information with the public in their interest. This is my conscious contribution to equip people with information so that they may extricate themselves from the labyrinth of misinformation. So, there is no reason to suppress your comment.

      You have written, “I know this comment may not be published as it goes against Subash Chandra Patnaik’s views”. Except misspelling my name, where is anything you have written in your comment that goes against my views? You have not countered any of the matters I have discussed. Had you countered any point, I could have appreciated that; because thereby a new scope could have been available to me to throw further lights on the issue. So, please try to establish that whatever I have written is wrong. I assure you that I will be glad to publish the same; because that would help in building up a debate and help the people know the reality.

      You have written, “Apparently these articles always carry an anti-BJD stand because Subash Chandra Patnaik has a history of problems with the Late Biju Patnaik which extends to his son Naveen and his political party”. I would have been most happy had you shown what “problem” I had with the late Biju Patnaik. I do not know if I have “a history of problems” with him. True, when he was alive and in power, I had mercilessly exposed his misdeeds in my columns with all the authenticity that journalism entailed. There was no personal bias.

      And Biju babu had known it well. Otherwise the man who, after being removed from Chief Minister post in the 1960s, had physically attacked and injured the legendary freedom fighter Pabitra Mohan Pradahan because of his criticism against his corrupt practices, would not have left me unhurt when I was stripping him layer by layer, even though he was the Chief Minister with a menacing majority in the Assembly at that time.

      Biju babu had used physical violence against several leaders that Orissa’s post-independence history has witnessed; because he was apprehensive of bias in them. I was never physically attacked by him or his goons; because I had never any bias against him; and he knew it.

      I was not merely writing against him, but was exposing him.

      Writing against anybody may be guided by personal bias; but exposing somebody when he/she is in power, is guided by journalistic ethics. Here lies the difference.

      Unless this soft thread of difference is properly understood, misconceived comments like “Subash Chandra Patnaik has a history of problems with the Late Biju Patnaik” would emanate.

      Let me take this opportunity to help you know that a journalist who is true to his profession sometimes may face insurmountable predicaments in discharging his journalistic responsibilities. Sometimes a very dear friend or a very close relation comes under the radar of his profession. At such a time, unlike others who practice nepotism, a journalist, who is true to his ethics, exposes the friend or the relation whose dubious activities come under his radar. To understand this phenomenon, you may please peruse my exposures on central Sahitya Academy in the matter of Sahitya Award 2011. There are several articles on the subject. I give you only two links. Click them to study the matter. You will find Kalpana Devi, the authoress who got the award and Bibhuti Pattanaik, convener of the Academy as the objects of my criticism in these articles. Kalpana Devi is a relation of my wife and Bibhuti Pattanaik is a very dear old friend who is also my Samudi from my only elder cousin brother’s side. It was very difficult for me, as a human being, to write against them. But I repeatedly discussed against them as that was my duty to public as a journalist. These are the two links: One and Two. Please go through them. I cannot have any personal bias on whom I have focused in these articles. There can never be any bias in my heart against Kalpana Devi or Bibhuti Pattanaik. I was bound by professional ethics to expose what illegalities I found. I could have ignored the matter too. But that would have been an offense against the society as well as an offense against my profession; because, when the people have the right to be informed, a journalist is required not to suppress any information worth publication.

      So, be sure that, by exposing Biju Patnaik when he was alive and was in power, I have not done anything that can be termed as personal bias against him. In exposing him, I have done my duty to the society; and nothing else.

      Let me now go back to your words. You have written, “Apparently these articles always carry an anti-BJD stand because Subash Chandra Patnaik has a history of problems with the Late Biju Patnaik which extends to his son Naveen and his political party”. Why did you conceive this idea, is not mentioned. But it is a misconceived idea, in view of what I have elaborated above.

      It is yet another extremely misconceived idea to interpret orissamatters.com discussions on Naveen Patnaik as extension of “a history of problems with the Late Biju Patnaik” to his son. When there is no “history of problems with late Biju Patnaik”, extension thereof to his son does not arise.

      Naveen is in power and because he is in power, I focus on him.

      I am not in politics and not his political rival. I have no material relationship with him and no personal animosity against him too. There is nothing personal. All my observations on him are absolutely professional. He is ruining Orissa and I am noting that he is ruining Orissa. He is helping capitalists to the chagrin of cultivators and I am noting that he is helping capitalists to the chagrin of cultivators. He is displacing indigenous people for handing over their lands to outside industrialists, even foreigners; and I am keeping that on records as entailed by the cause of living history. He is misleading people by posthumous deification of his father and I am trying to execute the duty of media to politically educate the people in this matter. He is stupefying the people by beating the drums of his father’s dream, I have focused on what sort of dream his father had. This is a duty to society that media is ordained to perform and I have honored this ordain.

      But whenever Naveen has taken any good step, I have also put that on records with my praises. You may see a sample in orissamatters.com under the title: Threat to India’s federal structure: we fully endorse what Orissa CM has written to Prime Minister.

      Thus, there is no bias against Naveen Patnaik.

      Whatever I have posted in orissamatters.com, is guided by the tenets of living history and governed by the norms of journalistic ethics.

      I believe you will find your comment published and adequately answered. Thanks again for the thought given to the subject.

  2. Biju Patnaik, the legendary man in Orissa politics as well as nationally an acclaimed personality has all along been quoted for heroism. This is a shock to us that he was instrumental to the most ignominious defeat of our nation to China, the most cowardice act ever. Please help our poor people who are still fighting to grab ‘Biju Legacy’ with all their stupidities.

  3. A SAD and revealing Article indeed.
    Soon after reading this article I was transported to the year of 1970 when I was to travel to USA for my higher studies at New York University. My family faced hardship to arrange for my travel fare of Rs.7500/- those days. I applied for a study travel loan to Canara Bank; but there was stumbling blocks on the way. Disappointed we father and son started weighing the other option of approaching ‘the Legendary’ Bijubabu at the Kalinga Tubes office at Choudwar then. I feel relieved today, however, almost after a half-century now, that we father and son did not make the trip to Kalinga Tubes Office (not that the Kind Hearted Bijubabu would have had disappointed me—for we knew he used to help many-a-needy students often those days; but that the Canara Bank did grant me the required travel grant at the nick of the moment); otherwise, I would be feeling so UNCOMFORTABLE today after reading this article, since in a way I would have been a part to that unfortunate CHINA WAR CASH utilization.

    Having said that I completely agree with Mr.Devi Prasanna Nayak’s feelings as commented above.

    And, as regard to Bhubaneswarji’s comment, all I can say is that, either he is a novice to Mr. Pattanayak’s journalistic write-ups-cum-contributions or downright a superfluous person; otherwise he wouldn’t have remarked (even in a dream) that Mr. Pattanayak ,the author of this article, has bias in his write-up. By the way Mr. Bhubaneswarji, Subhas Pattanayak could be labeled anything but a biased Journalist, therefore, please do not give misinformation to many readers here-after. As Mr. Pattanayak contends, rightly so, in his reply to your comment that you should/must come up with some contradicting piece of information/evidence before the readers, if any you have, and enlighten the subject under the scanner instead of belittling some one’s professional standing and diluting the gravity of SERIOUS UNFOLDING OF THE HISTORY (unless,of course, you have some vested interest).

    Finally, a word to the author of this article: Sir, you need not have to waste so many words on a reply; for, with as many words you could have placed before us another piece of revealing matter as always does the orissamatters.com. Thank you anyway.

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  6. Dear Author,

    Read ur article just bcoz Biju Pattnaik ji’s name was involved whom my parents have always praised since our childhood.

    No I was not even born in 1962.

    Its not fair on your part to say that we need to come out with some proof to discard your comments..

    Just because I do not have any proof against your meterial doesn’t mean that you are right…

    And more over… why now? When the man is not alive to defend himself???

    • Dear Elina,
      I appreciate your agony. I would have been happy had my responsibility to my people not made me write the piece.

      History has no heart. Though I am Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, I am two persons – a natural person and a professional person. Natural Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has nothing to do with Biju Patnaik; but professional Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has.

      Like your parents, my parents were also influenced by Biju Patnaik in 1960s till his cheating came to light. Biju had a great expertise in hoodwinking people. But,history refuses to be hoodwinked. Otherwise, how should have I investigated into his conduct and exposed him?

      I was exposing him when he was alive and in power. Neither he nor any of his sycophants had the ability to counter me. But, Biju had tried to oust me from my profession by framing a backdated law. I had moved the High Court sand won the case and his government had got a judicial slap.

      However, after his death I was not discussing him. But his son has revived him to use him posthumously as his political instrument to mislead the people.

      As media is a political educator, and I am a media person, I deem it my duty to educate the people on Biju in the cause of democracy and thus he has entered into my write-ups again. You can seem my exposures on him in newspapers of his time. Some of them has been compiled into books and published. One such book is SINGHAVALOKANARE BIJU PATNAIK. This is a compilation of newspaper publications wherein I have exposed his corruption and treason against the country, when he was alive and in power. The article under your review is just one of several in-depth articles on him published in this site. Hope you shall find your agony answered. Thanks for having gone through the article.

      • Dear Author,

        Just a simple question to all you intellectuals of my country.

        If you need any change then change the present so that out future is safe n secure…

        No point digging the past. There is no way u can change it.

        So request you to kindly fight the corruption, inequality we are suffering now.

        Thanks

  7. Thank you sir for exposing the truth.

    Odisha has already suffered a lot due to the treacherous mentality of our political class/bureaucrats etc.
    Odia society is trying to establish itself on treachery, instead of fellow feeling and love for Odia language.
    Indiscipline is a admired philosophy in Odisha. Our education,administration,politics etc have been affected
    by these disease.We are going to loose control over Mahanadi,Brahmani river,Odia language etc. bcoz of nasty politics within Odisha state/administration.

    People of Odisha should realize and accept the truth instead of running after unnecessary dream.

  8. After the controversy over “Bande Utkala Janani making state anthem”,it’s quite clear that politics in India has always been believed in divide and rule policy, which is a legacy of British administration. Politics can be played over language/culture/poverty/caste/religion/development etc.In Odisha religion is not a political issue like UP/Bihar/Maharashtra/Gujarat etc.But language can be a issue.

    In power politics many political parties of Odisha will try to en cash the sentiment of the people by
    making lucrative promises to capture the vote bank.They will not think about the interest of Odisha.

    Till date historians are not clear about the Kosal region in India.Some say it’s a region of Awadh
    in present-day Uttar Pradesh during the Vedic period and some say few western areas of
    Odisha belongs south Kosal region as capital near Malhar in the present-day Bilaspur district of
    Chhattisgarh state.But ultimately it was a part of Kalinga kingdom including entire Baster,Phuljhar,
    Sarangarh etc of Chattishgarh state.Reference can be drawn from Ain-e-akbari and Mansingh’s record.After the down fall of Kalinga in 1568 AD,Jaleswar sirkar was completely captured by the Muslims of Bengal.Before that, Places like Medinipur,Dhalbhum,Bankura,Burdhwan,Hooghly were completely belongs to the Odisha ruler. Bengalization of above areas are done by Bengali rulers.Between 1850 and 1870 Odia language was completely destroyed by Bengali professionals/intellectuals in Bankura and Medinipur.

    Some historian say after Muslim invasion in western and northern India,many princes/Kings of those
    Provinces had come to Gajapati king and built a family(marital)relationship with the king of Odisha/Utkala/Kalinga. Ultimately,Gajapati offered them some western part of Kalinga to rule(known as Gadjat).

    In history ,Mughals have divided the mighty Kalingan empire into Mughal bandi and Gadjat.
    During British rule Odisha was divided into four parts and kept in Bengal presidency, Madras Presidency &Central Presidency.

    Because of Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das,Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das,Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati,Byasakabi Fakir Mohan Senapati,Swabhabkabi Gangadhar Meher etc,Odisha again came to the existence in 1936.

    History tells us that during British period the foundation of a separate Muslim state was formed by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, after that British Govt., media, news papers made Mohammad Ali Jinah a hero and leader of Muslim league which ultimately leads to the creation of a separate nation called Pakistan. One of the main reasons behind the creation of Pakistan is Urdu language (mixture of Devnagri, Parsian language) . Before something happens brain wash of the local people is important.Ex: Our culture is different from Yours/our language is different from yours/our religion is different from yours etc etc.

    “If we represent a false fact for many decades before the people that fact becomes a truth and merge with
    the psyche of the people”.

    The same thing happening in the case of Kosal movement. Divisive policy of non-Odia community, few cultural organizations/intelligentsia, corruption and mis-management by the political parties, administration have kept this mentality/movement alive. This movement can create or created new language, grammar, culture, dialect, author, books ect ect.

    History reminds us that whenever this kind of issue arises the benefit goes to the rulers not to the common citizen. Rulers used to extract their benefits by exploiting the ruled.

    In above context we can say that if people of Odisha, political leaders/parties, different organizations can not united for the cause of Mahanadi,Polavaram,Brahmani river dispute,Kotia(Koraput) & merging of Sareikala & Kharsuan with Odisha, then how can they argue for a separate state?

    People of Odisha must think that what kind of benefit we have received after 70 years independence and 82 years of creation of a separate state. Till date people of Odisha could not understand the power of unity. If people of Odisha will keep fighting with each other on irrelevant issues benefit will definitely go to the outsiders.

  9. Why Bhasa Andolan is silent?
    Odisha govt still to fulfill the issues pertaining to Odia language.
    (1)Odisha govt making unnecessary delay to open the said Odia language University
    and Central Institute of classical Odia.
    (2)Odia still to be a compulsory subject from primary to Intermediate/Graduation(including
    CBSE,ICSE & state board),where as Many states of India have already done it.
    If Kerala govt can invest Rs 2000 Cr to improve the standard/quality/infrastructure of government education in Kerala,then why can not Odisha?Instead of wasting public money on populist schemes,Odisha govt
    should do something for education sector.
    (3)What about making Odia language compulsory in administration,judiciary and employment
    and introduction of punishment measures against the defaulters?
    (4)Migration for job,public transport system in Odisha is in bad shape
    (5)Corruption is maximum in Odisha state

    If Kerala govt can take initiative to open a Kerala Bank by merging state and district cooperative banks,
    why cann’t Odisha?

    For vote bank state govt and bureaucrats are instigating few people(divide & rule) ,which is against the unity and integrity of Odisha.

    Chief minister/political parties are for the state,state is not for the CM/political parties.

    • Dear Dr. Abinash,
      Thanks for visiting this site and for preferring it to express your views. Though your comment doesn’t deal directly with the topic commented upon, I thank you for having raised very pertinent points that are so relevant to Orissa. When I fully stand with the spirit of your worries, I will put a few words on Bhasha Andolan, as you have begun with the words “Why Bhasa Andolan is silent?” A search into pages of this site will make you clear about why and how I started this movement. However, at the moment it would suffice to say that the movement is limited to one issue. That is: Amendment of Orissa Official Language Act with unambiguous provisions for punishment to whosoever doesn’t serve the people in Oriya and for creation of necessary Rules to administer this punishment. As a member of the Ministerial Committee , on 3.9.2015 , I had located the lacunae that keep the Act inconsequential despite necessary notifications and suggested necessary amendment with draft for that as well as a set of Rules.You may please peruse the same at: https://orissamatters.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/orissa-official-language-act-has-no-drive-amendment-along-with-rules-suggested/

      On the basis of this, the chief minister informed the Assembly on 14.12.2015 that the Law was going to be amended. But, then, suprisingly he took a different stand on 17.12.2015 and took steps to obliterate the Ministerial Committee. I decided to use my “Black Flag Campaign” method for mass awakening to this danger to our language. This method I had invented on deep study and mixture of the methods of Mahatama Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King (J) and Malcolm X as well as a little bit of idea borrowed from science of criminology; and had used this unique method to wake up people in Athgarh in the 1980s against a wrong perpetrated on them by the then CM J.B.Patnaik. Two persons – Pabitra Maharatha and Pradyumna Satpathy came forward to assist me with four flag bearers everyday and the method was fetching results, even though the bureaucracy in direct nexus with the CM was trying to avoid the provision of punishment. I was exposing the nexus to their wits end. Unable to defeat me morally and intellectually, the nexus has gained over these two fellows and these two fellows have tried to derail the movement. But, as you might be marking, they have failed and the unique black-flag campaign is going on in support of the supremacy of the mother tongue. To appreciate the update, you may visit the relevant issue at: https://orissamatters.com/2018/08/14/amendment-acts-against-the-act-orissa-chief-minister-yet-in-slumber/ Thanks.

  10. Sir

    Thanks a lot for the comments.

    people of Odisha must understand the power of unity & fellow feeling.

    Till date Odisha govt has made lots of announcement & promises on Odia language
    but implementation part is nill.Govt just manipulating the sentiments.

    Therefore,we Odias should provide spontaneous support to this movement.
    Students,youths,lawyers,political parties,writers,farmers,businessman,NRI etc. should come forward
    and support this movement.

    With Best Regards

    Abinash

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