Save the Samaja Forum and leadership of the employees of the daily newspaper Samaja – Utkalmani Newspaper Employees Association – collectively rendered Kar Seva and removed the ugly garbages that had engulfed the seats of the statues of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das and his famous colleagues lying abandoned in the campus of the now extinct, Jatiya Bana Bidyalaya (National School on the lap of Nature) that they had established. Eminent senior citizens and apolitical young men of Satyavadi/Sakshi Gopal area gladly participated.
After the Kar Seva, in a meeting on the spot under chairmanship of UNEA President Deviprasanna Nayak, the Pancha Sakha – Pt. Gopabandhu, Pt. Nilakantha Das, Pt. Godavarish Mishra, Acharya Harihar Das, and Pt. Krupasindhu Mishra – were fondly recalled. A former student of the Bana Vidyalaya, retired from Crime Branch of Orissa Police, Shankarshan Mishra reminisced about the excellent environment of education Gopabandhu had conceived of and executed.
Convener of SSF and Chief of ORISSA MATTERS Subhas Chandra Pattanayak made specific mention of how the Bana Vidyalaya was a “man-making institute” and how modern education moulded in the matrix of ancient Gurukula system of didacticism was building up students to work for independence and consequential prosperity of the country. He stressed on revival of the Bana Vidyalaya in the Bakula Bana and demanded that the State Government must take steps to recover the millions and millions of rupees from the Servants of the People Society that has swindled the funds generated by the Samaja in order to recreate the Bana Vidyalaya with the same, as Gopabandhu had desired. It was treated as a resolution and unanimously approved.
Local youth lights like Rajesh Kumar Mohapatra and Satyabrata Hota pledged their support to the proposed campaign for recovery of the Samaja funds from SoPS and revival of the Bana Vidyalaya with that fund.
President Deviprasanna Nayak, eminent journalist who heads the Utkalmani Newspaper Employees Association, declared that UNEA will render total support to SSF in reviving the Bana Vidyalaya in the Bakula Bana and asked the authorities not to vitiate it with any non-academic activities. The Bakula Bana must have to be preserved as the revered citadel of the five most patriotic and visionary teachers, he said.
SSF co-ordinator and media consultant Pabitra Maharatha thanked everybody for the co-operation in Kara Seva and adoption of the resolution to recover the Samaja money from SoPS and revival of the Bana Vidyalaya in its original campus – the Bakula Bana.
Prominent amongst the participants were former students of the Bana Bidyalaya Shankarshana Mishra, Prakas Chandra Mishra, Sarat Kumar Mekap, and UNEA General Secretary Subash Chandra Singh.
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