Political misuse of the revered song BANDE UTKALA JANANI

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is guilty of political misuse of the revered song ‘Bande Utkala Janani’, which had immensely contributed to linguistic nationalism culminated in creation of India’s first linguistic State Orissa.

If Corona virus is affecting more and more people in Orissa, he is politically responsible for this.

His obnoxious hatred for the language of the people,is so deep-rooted and dense that, despite our repeated requests in these pages and in the pages of bhashaandolan.com over and above social media,which his government also uses, he kept 93% of the population in dark about the virus by putting all the medical and official Guidance-documents, Rules and Regulations, Acts and official actions in English language, which the people do not know. This has ruined our people.

Exposed threadbare by us, as his anti-Oriya mindset has multiplied the debacle, his government has now pushed the people into fate syndrome in matter of Corona and resorted to a new game of hoodwinking by returning to inject religious feel-good-factor centering Jagannath Temple at Puri, Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar and Samalei Temple at Sambalpur etc. Calling upon the people, in the line of PM Modi, to recite Bande Utkala Janani,the song of Oriya nationalism, to honor “Corona warriors” viz. medical doctors, paramedics and police and the likes, on May 30, was a tact used in this respect.

Who is Corona warrior?

The medical doctors, paramedics et al are paid for the service they are rendering. Even to fall ill while serving Corona patients is a part of the duty they are being paid for. The Government has illogically loaded them on the psyche of the general public as Corona warriors, while continuing to torture the the real warriors – the migrant workers – and the Engish-ignorant working population of Orissa, who have been physically fighting the dreaded virus in order just to survive. Sad, the Chief Minister has no word of praise for these real heroes.

Bhasha Maa Pain Pade, the new social media face of Bhasha Andolan had wanted me to react to this mischief, which our friends have watched in Facebook. I am putting it here for the august visitors to these pages. My talk follows a little display of the real warriors against the disaster. Here is the link:

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