Oriya in Prime Minister’s website: Voice of BHASHA ANDOLAN precipitated correction

Bhubaneswar Bureau

When Minister for External Affairs Ms. Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the multi-lingual website of the Prime Minister on May 29, there was no trace of Oriya, even though six regional languages, besides English and Hindi, had place for them. They were Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

Immediately after this surfaced BHASHA ANDOLAN Chairman Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, President Pradyumna Satpathy, and convener Pabitra Maharatha raised vehement protests in an instantly called press conference and condemned the disrespect shown to Oriya, despite the reality that Oriya has been recognized as Classical language, because of being the oldest and original language of India.

The first Linguistic Survey of India had made it clear that Oriya language is so very vast in antiquity and vocabulary that neither Telugu nor Bengali nor Hindi can vie with it.

So, despite the evil design to keep Oriya out of eligibility for classical status by increasing the seniority factor, after bestowing the status on Telugu, Oriya was the unanimous choice of the Linguistic Committee for classical status.

When it was found that Oriya was left out when languages like Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali – far away from Oriya’s unique distinction – were in the PMO site, it was viewed as a deliberate official attempt to belittle the dignity of the majestic mother tongue of the people of Orissa.

Therefore, in their impromptu press meet, particularly with the TV channels, the three office bearers of BHASHA ANDOLAN noted supra had condemned the “mischief” and had demanded for correction of the committed wrong. On 2nd June, the day of PM’s Balasore speech, Dharitri had interviewed them on the issue. Their views, as published by the major daily in its 3rd June edition, are placed below for documentation.
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Voice of BHASHA ANDOLAN has been heard. The wrong committed against Oriya in the PM’s site has been removed and Oriya has been included, which is available at www.pmindia.gov.in/ory

BHASHA ANDOLAN, on this positive development, has thanked the PM.

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  1. It is unfortunate that BHASHA ANDOLAN is in constant friction with the Administration ….. Be it State or Center.
    For the time being it’s a relief ………… & ………… a Success, of course.
    But the trend indicates come August 15 another GREATER friction is Awaiting BHASHA ANDOLAN in the STATE.
    A brain storming meeting is desirable, in anticipation, therefore !!!

  2. The human resource development ministry has rejected the proposed location for the Central Institute of Classical Odia in Bhubaneswar.

    After Odia and Malayalam were conferred classical status, the Centre would set up separate institutes in both the states in the pattern of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in Mysore to conduct research on the classical aspects of the language.

    After the central ministry had asked the Odisha government to suggest a location for the centre, the state suggested the Regional Institute of Education (RIE) campus in Bhubaneswar. But, the ministry has rejected the location on the ground of inadequate space at the RIE, which is offering several programmes, including BEd courses. The RIE functions under the National Council of Educational Research and Training. The state government is yet to suggest a new site, sources told The Telegraph.

    Council director Hrushikesh Senapati said it might have been difficult to run two central institutions from one campus.

    Prakash Chandra Pattanaik, who teaches at the Delhi University’s department of modern Indian languages and literary studies, expressed dissatisfaction at the way the proposed Central Institute of Classical Odia was being handled.

    Pattanaik, who was a member of the Centre’s linguistic expert committee that had examined the demand for classical status to Odia, said some organisations and individuals wanted that institute to be under control of the state government, while the Centre should give money.

    “I think the institute should function in the pattern of CIIL or the Central Institute of Classical Tamil. It should not be handed over to the Odisha government,” he said.

    A similar institute would be set up in Kerala. The central institutes for Kannad and Telugu are functioning from the CIIL.

    This year, the ministry decided to start giving the President’s Awards for classical languages of Odia, Malayalam, Kannad and Telugu. Four persons working on the languages such as Tamil and Sanskrit are given the award every year – two for lifetime achievement and two young scholars.

    Sources said the ministry would write to the varsities in these states next week to nominate award nominees in the respective category.

    While the lifetime achievement carries Rs 5 lakh cash award, the young achievers award gets Rs 1 lakh. A panel, headed by Justice Srikrishna, would select the names for the award.

    Higher education regulator of the University Grants Commission has also decided to set up Professional Chairs in Indian Classical Languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia in universities.

  3. Sir,
    Naveen Pattnaik , V.K.Pandian & few ministers don not have any interest for Odia language.
    We appreciate your effort on the issue of Bhasa Andolan.
    Sir,kindly pressurize this hypocrite govt to implement Orissa Official language act-1954 in Odisha assembly without any delay.

    With Best Regards

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