Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The splendor of the Bakulaban at Satyavadi needs be preserved in situ , if the State Government is too much an eunuch to recover the thousands of crores of rupees from the Servants of the People Society that has, by forging the Will of Pt. Gopabandhu Das, illegally looted the money and pushed the pride of Orissa – the Satyabadi Bana Bidyalaya – to starvation death.
It is sad that, in the guise of establishing an University, styled Odia University, the Chief Minister of Orissa Mr. Naveen Patnaik has jeopardized this splendor and sans any qualms made a sacrilegious assault on the sacred aura of Satyabadi era.
As established in my book “The Samaja in Maze of Forgery” and the website https://savethesamaja.wordpress.com , the Servants of the People Society had forged the Will of Utkalmani Gopabandhu through his press manager Radhanatha Rath and protege Lingaraj Mishra (both of whom had become editors of Samaja and Education Ministers of Orissa) and taken into illegal possession ‘The Samaja’, which the people of Orissa had built up through Utkalmani to the best of their ability. They have looted the entire profit of the paper amounting to several thousands of crores of rupees, the details of which the State Government should have determined and recovered after we established the forgery. It has not been done, because the society leadership immediately offered the CM media partnership in his political propaganda.
President of Utkalmani Newspaper Employees Association Deviprasanna Nayak has been prosecuting the Society on the basis of the exposed illegality. Instead of espousing the dispute raised by the employees, the State Government is enjoying the media partnership the Society has offered it.
What would happen if Sri Nayak wins the case? Thousands of crores of rupees would be recovered from the society and the Satyavadi Bana Bidyalaya would be restored to its lost glory as a seat of learning in the lap of nature. To preempt this revival, this shrewd plan to establish Odia University in Bakulabana, the original seat of the Bana-Bidyalaya has been cooked up and carried out.
When the conspiracy was on the anvil, we in these pages had warned the Government against the evil design and had stressed that the wrong be not proceeded with. We had located and shown how a vast stretch of government acquired land was available in the heart of Bhubaneswar where the Univ could be established.
Instead of heeding to this just advice, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has laid on October 9 the foundation stone of Odia University in the Bakulabana. This is a highly deplorable sacrilegious assault on the sacred aura of the Satyabadi era.
My book and the website mentioned supra carry details of the offenses perpetrated against Pt. Gopabandhu Das and his friends, each one of whom is regarded and revered as epitome of sacrifice for the people and the motherland.
All of them were highly educated persons and their mission was success of the freedom movement and transformation of our people into a brilliant nation. Therefore, instead of joining lucrative official positions, they had established the Bana Bidyalaya at Satyabadi in the pattern of Gurukula which had become an academic model in whole of India. To meet the expenses, Gopabandhu was gifted with a Press by his colleague Pt. Nilakantha Das and with the same aim the team was also publishing the Samaja as a weekly to which people of Orissa were contributing with zeal and generosity. It had become the paper of the people.
But the freedom movement became so calling at that time that, the five friends were getting less time to concentrate on business of the Press to generate funds for managing the School as they had planned.
Pt. Gopabandhu had appointed Radhanath Rath as a manager of Satyabadi Press. He was torturing him for higher salary beyond the agreed amount. And, lastly, had pushed him to premature death without any proper medical care at the summit of a period of starvation as deduced from a letter of Utkalmani to Rath dated 11.6.1928, five days before his death.
Gopabandhu had joined the Servants of the People Society and had become the topmost leader, next only to its founder Lala Lajpat Rai. So, he had made up his mind to handover the Satyabadi Press to the said society so that it can manage and improve its business to generate enough profit for perfect running of the School. Therefore, before passing away in a very pathetic condition, he had dictated his will mentioning therein why he was handing over the Press to Servants of the People Society. His Press manager Radhanath Rath and protege Lingaraj Mishra later forged his Will and hijacked the Samaja for the Society knowing well that the would be the major fetcher of profit, besides being the sure way to fulfill their political ambition. They continued to fetch profit and neglected the School that could no more run in the Bakula Bana.
We have exposed with irrefutable evidences the forgery by way of which the Society has aggrandized thousands of crores of rupees from the institutions that in fact belong to the School.
Instead of acting on the exposure we have made, and instead of honoring the Utkalmani and his colleagues by restoring the Bana Bidyalaya in the lap of Bakulabana, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has extended shrewd protection to the looters of the Satyabadi funds by laying the foundation stone of Odia University, a step that destroys the possibility of revival of the Panchasakha’s Bana Bidyalaya in the Bakula Bana. Only a very ungrateful nation can play this nasty trick on the sacred aura of the founders of the Satyabadi era.
In doing this, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also violated the Odia University Act, 2017 that in Sub-Section (3) of Section 3 has made Bhubaneswar the seat of this University. Bhubaneswar is not Satyabadi. It is intriguing that, neither the department in its introduction nor the Chief Minister in his speech has made any justification of this deviation.
When the Bill was being considered by the Assembly, Mr. Pradip Purohit of BJP had moved an amendment to establish this University at Sambalpur instead of Bhubaneswar. The Government opposed his amendment and the Assembly decided to establish it at Bhubaneswar.
Now the question is where from the chief minister got a carte blanche to change the location of the University in blatant contravention of the Act?
The Odia University Act has not been amended to establish it in Satyabadi instead of Bhubaneswar. Hence laying of the foundation stone of this University is illegal.
It has other complications too. Odia University was conceived by Sri Gajanan Mishra , the epoch making fighter for official use of Oriya in Orissa. He had registered a Trust to establish Odia University. The same was supported through a private member’s Bill in the Assembly, which was withdrawn with the Government agreeing to bring an Act for the purpose. Thus, whatever be the colour, Misra’s endeavor for Odia University at Bangomunda of Bolangir had formed the base of whatever legislative mind was invested in the matter. And, that name is registered.
When the Ministerial Committee was constituted to suggest how the Official Language Act should work, as a member thereof, I had submitted a set of Rules to drive the Act ahead. Rule 8 of this proposed Rules is as bellow:
It was published by the Government in an official website created for the purpose under the caption: ଓଡ଼ିଆରେ ଶାସନ the related intro being as under:
Hence, in consonance with my suggestion the proposed University was “university of Odia Language and Literature” and the Bill was named “The University of Odia Language and Literature Bill, 2017.
But, when the Assembly took up the Bill, the Government changed it to Odia University Bill and the Assembly agreed.
The Government resorted to this name-change mischief with perhaps an ill motive to derail Gajanan Mishra’s registered endeavor to establish Odia University at Bangomunda of Bolangir, as it is he, who forced the anti-Oriya government to pay attention to Oriya Language. This revengeful action of the Government can also be challenged by Gajanan Babu whose registered Trust is valid to establish an University namely Odia University, because the Trust is registered to establish an University in this name much much before the Government changed the name of the Govt. University from “University of Odia Language and Literature” to “Odia University”.
Thus, viewed from any angle, the Odia University, for which the foundation stone is laid by the Chief Minister in Bakuaala Ban is a mischief that should be withdrawn. It should be established in Bangomunda after taking due permission from Sri Gajanan Mishra and with due respect to the people of Bangomunda, who have pledged land for the University if it is established there.
If it is so done, the sacred Bakula Bana can be freed from the eclipse of the illegal establishment of the Odia University and can be preserved in situ for the Bana Bidyalaya to revive.