The Assembly Session died, but the danger prowls

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The winter session of Orissa Legislative Assembly died an organized death on Thursday. But a danger to the legally Official Language of the State has not been over.

People of Orissa are to fight now a new danger to their mother tongue. When they are fighting for governance of Orissa in Oriya, the new danger is prowling under the cover of a proposed project called the ‘University of Odia Language and Literature’ that wants to kill the priority of Oriya nation on punishment to whosoever functionary foils or tries to foil the paramountcy of Oriya language in his/her office administration in Orissa.

I have earlier discussed how the Orissa Official Language Rules, 2016 defeats the purpose of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954.

Now let us see how Bhasha Mafia is officially being patronized by Naveen Patnaik’s government to kill the pro-language climate created by our movement. Role of Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak in this context needs deep investigation, which the writers of Orissa who benefit from Oriya Language should start in right earnest.

The Government has entered into an agreement with a private firm headed by Dr. Pattanayak styled ‘Institute of Odia Studies and Research’ (IOSR) with components of commercial interest. Yet it has made the same Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak its language policy maker. Is it ethically correct? Dr. Pattanayak should explain his position, because he is a renowned man, decorated with Padmashree and supposed to be a paragon of virtues to justify the distinct civilian decoration.

However, this mischief has given birth to an environment where the government has informed the Assembly about bringing a Bill styled the ‘University of Odia Language and Literature Bill, 2016’, with all the necessary ingredients to help the same private institute earn profits, when the University becomes functional. The Bill, according to sources, was prepared and handed over to the Secretary of Higher Education by Dr. Pattanayak himself in company of Dr. Omkar Mohanty and Dr. Subrat Prusty. Let the Secretary of Higher Education deny this information, if he can.
Sub-sections XIII, XIV, XV and XVIII of Section 5 of this Bill carry such ingredients that, if the University funds will be used to provide bonanza to Dr. Pattanayak’s private institute, there shall be no illegality in that. Here are they:

(xiii) to make contract for the purpose of transfer of technology either in whole or in part with any other institution or organization, on such terms and conditions as may be required, from time to time, to raise funds for the University;
(xiv) to co-operate or associate with any other university, authority, body, in or outside the University area which may have been formed for advancement of learning, research for the dissemination of knowledge, or for the physical and moral welfare of students, in such manner and for such purpose as the University may prescribe from time to time;
(xv) to enter into any agreement with any other institution or organization to transfer knowledge through distance mode; and
(xviii) to make provision for research and advisory services and for that purpose to enter into such arrangements with other institutions or bodies as the University may deem necessary; (emphasis added).

Dr. Pattanayak’s institute fits into this mischief of “any other” institute or body envisaged in this draft Bill.

To cultivate this congeniality, Dr. Pattanayak has always tried to keep the Chief Minister pleased. He has condemned us, who have been fighting for permanent solution to the problem of non-implementation of Orissa Official Language Act, as in his article in Samaja, 25 June 2016; and has tried to mislead the people, as in his assertion in Samaja, 22 August 2016; and has given protection to the Chief Minister, as in his statement in Nitidin, 12 December 2016.

Fortunately for Orissa, the atrophied session of the Assembly has ended. Had it continued, with anti-Oriya elements galore both in the Treasury and Opposition benches – with even the Opposition Leader making obituary mention of distinguished Oriyas in English – the University of Odia Language and Literature Bill, 2016 could have been passed like the notoriously deficient Orissa Official Language Bill was passed in the last session.

But this is a temporary relief. The Bill shall come in the next session. Unless we Oriyas foil this lurking danger, our mother tongue will perish, as Dr. Pattanayak’s cry for the new University is designed to divert people’s priority from the Bhasha Andolan demand for punishment to whosoever doesn’t work in Oriya in Offices of Orissa to unnecessary projects.

Demands must be raised to stop creation of new greasing grounds for the Bhasa Mafia in the shape of the University of Odia Language and Literature. Instead of the proposed University, the Government needs be asked to strengthen the existing Odia Bhasha Pratithan, Orissa Sahitya Academy, Utkal University of Culture and all the other institutes of higher learning and research. My discussion in Oriya print media (Sarbasadharan, 11 December 2016) focuses on this phenomenon.

Mother tongue Oriya needs be saved from the prowling Bhasha Mafia, the greatest danger to her primacy and paramountcy in the State she has created.

Wake up dear brothers and sisters, wake up.

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  1. In the above article Mr Subash Chandra Pattanayak just
    criticized the effort of International reputed Linguist,
    Padmashree Debi Prasanna Pattanayak nothing else.
    Subash Bābu has neither added any pioneering
    proposal as how to and what to do for the same nor
    suggested any embryonic ideas that ought to be done.
    Well, his critical remarks suffer from impression and
    centered to relentless effort of Dr. Debi Prasanna
    Pattanayak.
    N Dash
    ଇଏ ଏକ ଅଦ୍ଭୂତ ଓ ଆଶ୍ଚର୍ଯା ଇଲକା ଯୋଗୀଙ୍କର ଭୋଗ ଭାଗ୍ୟ ପାପୀଙ୍କର
    ଧର୍ମସଭା ଦସ୍ୟୁଙ୍କର ଦାନ ଓ ଦାକ୍ଷିଣ୍ୟ ଚାରିଆଡେ ମଣିଷର ବିକୃତ ଓ ବିକଳାଙ୍ଗ
    ହସ ଏ ହସରୁ ମୁକ୍ତି ମାଗେ ଅନାଗତ ଉତ୍ତରପୁରୁଷ ॥ Hāhā, Hā, Hā

    • Do you want to say Debi Prasanna Pattanayak being a “International reputed Linguist” decorated with a “Padmashree” cannot do any wrong? You are wrong. Not only in this article, but also in my write-ups both in English and Oriya, I have exposed his incorrect steps and many such exposures are on the anvil. On the other hand , why have you not countered whatever you felt incorrect? Take note: In private life he is my close relation. And writing against him pains me immensely. But, in the matter of the motherland, I make no compromise. I would have ignored your vomits, had you not given me the impression that you love him. And, when you write again, expecting publication thereof, never vomit the filth such as “Hāhā, Hā, Hā”. I shall treat you as spam.

  2. ପ୍ରିୟ ମହାଶୟ,
    ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଏହି ଆଲେଖ୍ୟ ପଢିବାପରେ ମୋତେ କାହିଁକି ଲାଗୁଛି ଆପଣ ପ୍ରକୃତ ତଥ୍ୟ ବଦଳରେ ଇର୍ଷାତୁର ହୋଇ ମନଇଚ୍ଛା ଯାହା ପାରିଛନ୍ତି ଲେଖିପକାଇଛନ୍ତି। ପ୍ରଥମ କଥା ହେଲା ଆପଣ ଓଡିଆ ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନ କରୁଛନ୍ତି ବୋଲି କହୁଛନ୍ତି, ଅନ୍ୟ ପକ୍ଷରେ ଓଡିଆ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାକୁ ବିରୋଧ କରୁଛନ୍ତି। ଓଡିଆ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଯଦି ଉଚ୍ଚଶିକ୍ଷା ନ ହେବ, ତେବେ ଓଡିଶା କଥା କିଏ ଚିନ୍ତା କରିବ? ୮୦ବର୍ଷ ଆମେ ଇଂରାଜୀ ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ପଢି ଏପର୍ଯ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଓଡିଶାର ଡାକ୍ତରଖାନାରେ ଡାକ୍ତର ନାହାଁନ୍ତି। ଇଜିନିୟରମାନେ ଘର, ପୋଲ ତିଆରି କରୁକରୁ ଗଳି ପଡୁଛି। ନ୍ୟାୟ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାରେ ନା ଭଲ ବିଚାରପତି ଅଛି ନା ଭଲ ଓକିଲ। ଏପରିକି ସ୍କୁଲ ଓ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଭଲ ଶିକ୍ଷକଟିଏ ନାହିଁ। ନେତା, ସମାଜଚିନ୍ତକ, ସାମ୍ବାଦିକ, ସମ୍ପାଦକ, ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ କଥା ନ କହିବା ଭଲ। ସମସ୍ତେ କଳା ଇଂରେଜ ପାଲଟିଛନ୍ତି। ଏପରିସ୍ଥଳେ ଆମକୁ ଓଡିଶାପାଇଁ ଚିନ୍ତା କରୁଥିବା ଉଚ୍ଚଶିକ୍ଷିତ ଓଡିଆ ଦରକାର। ତାହା ପୂରଣ କରିବାରେ ବୋଧହୁଏ ଏହି ଓଡିଆ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ସମର୍ଥ ହୋଇପାରିବ। ନଈ ନ ଦେଖୁଣୁରୁ ଲଙ୍ଗଳା ହେବାପରି ଓଡିଆ ବିଶ୍ୱବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟ ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାକୁ ବିରୋଧ କରି ନିଜର ଗୌରବପଣିଆକୁ ନଷ୍ଟ କରନ୍ତୁନାହିଁ। ଆଉ ଗୋଟିଏ ଅଭିଯୋଗ ଆଣିଛନ୍ତି ଦେବୀପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକଙ୍କ ବିରୁଦ୍ଧରେ। ଭାଷାପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କ ଅବଦାନକୁ ଓଡିଆଜାତି ନିଶ୍ଚିତ ସବୁଦିନପାଇଁ ମନେ ରଖିବ। ଗୋଟେ ଓଡିଆ ବିରୋଧି ସରକାର ଶାସ୍ତ୍ରୀୟମାନ୍ୟତା କେବଳ ନୁହେଁ, ଓଡିଆ ଶିକ୍ଷା ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାକୁ ଜନ ବିରୋଧି କରିବାପାଇଁ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ଉଦ୍ୟମ କରୁଥିବାବେଳେ ଆପଣ ପରଛିଦ୍ର ନ ଦେଖି ନିଜେ ଭାଷା ଓ ଜାତିପାଇଁ ଯଦି କିଛି କରିପାରୁଛନ୍ତି, ତେବେ କରନ୍ତୁ। ଆପଣ ମଧ୍ୟ ତାଙ୍କଭଳି ପୂଜ୍ୟ ହେବେ। ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଏ ବିରୋଧ ମନେ ପକାଇଦିଏ ମୋ ବୁଢିମାଆର କଥା_ “ଫଳନ୍ତି ଗଛକୁ ସମସ୍ତେ ଟେକା ଫୋପାଡନ୍ତି”…. ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଲେଖା ତାହାହିଁ ପ୍ରମାଣ କରୁଛି।

    • ପ୍ରିୟ ମାମାଲି , ଲେଖାଟି ପଢିଥିବା ହେତୁ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ I କିନ୍ତୁ ତାହାକୁ ମନ ଦେଇ ପଢ଼ିଥିଲେ , ତହିଁର ସଠିକ ଆଲୋଚନା ହୋଇପାରିଥାନ୍ତା I ଦେବୀ ବାବୁ ମୋ ଗାଁର , ମୋର ଅତି ନିକଟ ସଂପର୍କୀୟ , ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିଗତ ସ୍ତରରେ ମୋର ନମସ୍ୟ I ତାଙ୍କ ଉପରେ ଲେଖିବା ଆଗରୁ “ବାରଶ ବଢ଼େଇରେ ଦାୟ କି ପୁଅରେ ଦୟ” – ଏ କଥା ଶହେ ଥର ନିଜକୁ ପଚାରିଛି ଓ “ବାରଶ ବଢ଼େଇରେ ଦାୟ” ହିଁ ଠିକ ବୋଲି ଠଉରାଇଛି I ସେ ଯେଉଁ ଭୁଲ କରିଛନ୍ତି ତାହା ହୁଏତ ସଂଗଦୋଷରେ ପଡ଼ି କରିଥାଇପାରଂତି I ତାହା ସେ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରିବା ଉଚିତ ଓ ନିଜକୁ ସୁଧାରିବା ଉଚିତ I ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତିର ସ୍ଵାର୍ଥ ନେଇ ମୁଁ କୌଣସି ସାଲିସ କରିବି ନାହିଁ I ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ I

      • ସମ୍ମାନନୀୟ ସମ୍ପାଦକ ମହୋଦୟ, ଆପଣ ସହୃଦୟତାର ସହିତ ମୋର ମତକୁ ବିଚାରକୁ ନେଇ ଥିବାରୁ ସର୍ବପ୍ରଥମେ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ ଜଣାଉଛି। ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଉତ୍ତର ପଢିବା ପରେ ୨ଟି କଥା ଜାଣିବାକୁ ଚାହୁଁଛିି। ୧- ଆପଣ ବିଶୁୁ ମହାରଣା ହୋଇ ଯେଉଁ ଭାଷା କୋଣାର୍କ ଗଢିବାର ସ୍ବପ୍ନ ଦେଖିିଛନ୍ତି, ତାହାକୁ ଯଦି ଧରମା ମୁଣ୍ଡି ମାରିଦେଲେ ସେଥିରେ ଆପଣ ଖୁସି ହେବା କଥା। ଏହାଦ୍ବାରା ଆପଣ ଇତିହାସର ପୁନରାବୃତ୍ତି କରି ଅଯୋଗ୍ୟକୁ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ଦେବକୁ ଯାଇ ଯୋଗ୍ୟତାର ହତ୍ୟା କରୁୁ ନାହାଁନ୍ତି କି? ଯଦି ଏହା ସତ୍ୟ , ତେବେ ଇତିହାସରୁ ଆମେ କଣ ଶିଖିିଲେ?
        ୨- ଦେବୀବାବୁ ସଙ୍ଗ ଦୋଷରେ ପଡି ଭୁଲ କରିବାର ବୟସ ଅତିକ୍ରମ କରିସାରିିଛନ୍ନ୍ତିି। ତଥାପି ଯଦି ପରିଣତ ବୟସରେ ଏଭଳି କିଛି ଭୁଲ କରିଛନ୍ତି , ତାହା ଲୋକମାନଙ୍କ ଗୋଚରକୁ ଆସିବା ଉଚିତ । ଆପଣ ପୂର୍ବ ପରି ଏଣୁତେଣୁୁ ଗୋଳିିଆମିିିଶା ନ କରି ସପ୍ରମାଣେ ଲେଖନ୍ତୁ ।ମୋର ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ସମର୍ଥନ ଆପଣଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ରହିବ ।
        ଶେଷରେ ଏତିକି କହିବି ମୂଳ ପ୍ରସଙ୍ଗ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ବିଶ୍ବବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ଆପଣ ଅନାବଶ୍ୟକ ଭାବେ ବିରୋଧ କରି ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତିିର କ୍ଷତି କରନ୍ତୁ ନି। କାରଣ ଏହା ୧୯୩୬ରୁ ହେବାର ଥିଲା ଓ ଏହା ଆପଣଙ୍କ ଦାବିିର ପରିପନ୍ଥୀ ନୁହେଁ ।
        ମତାମତ ଦେବାରେ ତ୍ରୁୁଟି ଥିଲେେ କ୍ଷମା କରିଦେବେ ।

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