Virtual Black Flag Campaign// Prof. Niranjan Parhi on Day 1712

Here is the unedited speech of Prof. Niranjan Parhi on the 1712th day of the celebrated Black Flag Campaign of Bhasha Andolan for governance of Orissa in Oriya.

Live in the campaign’s Facebook page BHASHAMAAPAIN PADE (A few words for the Mother Tongue) the virtual event was coordinated by CA Ranjan Kumar Sahoo.

Governance of Orissa in Oriya// Prof. Bauribandhu Sahoo takes the Govt. to task


Speaking live from the digital platform of Bhasha Andolan, when its celebrated silent-black-flag-campaign is kept on hole under self-imposed discipline in Corona times, Prof. Bauribandhu Sahoo took the State Government to task for its failure to implement the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954.

His speech is taken into from the Facebook page unedited.

COVID vaccines: Pertinent Points Discussed by Prof. Dr. Shubhashish Sircar

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

[Presently Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine, (PSM), in Sheikh Bhikari Medical College, Hazaribagh, Dr. Sircar is evaluated as one of the best SMO (Surveillance Medical Officer) in the Polio eradication project of WHO. He is well trained on technical skills pertaining to Surveillance, Epidemiology, Data analysis, Field monitoring and Supervision, monitoring and supervision of NIDs and SNIDs (Pulse Polio), Routine Immunization, AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization), EPPR (Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Control) along with Finance, Logistics and Administration for 9 years by technical officials, researchers, officials and consultants of WHO (Geneva Headquarters, Regional Office for South East Asia and India Country Office), by officials of Ministry of Health, Govt. of India, CDC (Centers for Disease Control) officials, Atlanta, USA, researchers of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, USAID (India), DFID and Unicef officials and consultants.
In this exclusive sharing, he has focused on the unseen horizon centering the vaccine.

A vaccine/a few vaccines may arrive in India by March or April next year. SII (Serum Institute of India) has said that their vaccine will hit the market in four months. Most vaccine manufacturers have said that it’ll be available “off the shelf” by end of 2021.

I doubt even that, because 1/2 of the vaccines have already been booked by the affluent countries. That’s 9.5 billion doses!!!

Another thing, to vaccinate all in India will take a whooping four YEARS!!!

And the 3rd wave has hit Europe now (along with H1N1 spilling over to swans in Belgium from migratory birds), and will hit India within a few months, probably once again in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Delhi.

Meanwhile, let the Kanpur-walas (in UP), be happy being “guinea pigs” and undertake the 3rd trial of the Sputnik-3 vaccine. SII is conducting the 2nd and 3rd trial and Bharat Biotech, its 3rd trial in India. These could well be more reliable.

I’ve worked in WHO and with officials from GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunologicals) in their immunization projects for nine years and here’s my take on the upcoming COVID 19 vaccine maintenance and delivery.

A new vaccine – the question is, which one and how many?

Pfizer with probably 90% efficacy is in Phase 3 trial. The only issue, in my opinion is that, it was conducted on only 94 patients. Isn’t that a small sample size? It works on the ‘Spike proteins’ of Novel Corona virus. FDA has said that it’s not for emergency use due to certain non-compliance issues (6 weeks is the minimum study period for studying side effects). Recently it has been approved by FDA for Vaccine approval. BioNTech may get approval by mid December, 2020. Their data will first be reviewed by Review Boards. Astra Zeneca vaccine is very expensive and the Pfizer vaccine in addition requires to be stored at minus (-) 70 deg. Celsius. The Astra Zeneca and the Bharat Biotech vaccine are also undergoing Phase 3 trials. Cadila is in Phase 2 trial.

The Astra Zeneca will cost $ 18.34 per dose. Pfizer will cost $ 19.5. The Oxford vaccine in India will cost Rs. 1000/= per dose. We will probably have to wait for other vaccines, keeping in mind our resources and our monstrous population, most of whom are poor, hungry, downtrodden and marginalized.

How-many extra syringes will we need? 120 crore? Or 30 crore or twice that? Is UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) giving us 50 crore? Will prices rise like PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) prices in the Corona pandemic? Injection needles likewise. How many will be needed? These questions need to be answered by the logistics and procurement experts.

Then there’s the issue of “Injection Safety” training of health delivery staff. That may take a month or two.

We can get ‘jet’ injectors as used in 1971. Its procurement and training is another issue.

Regarding “Cold chain” – a vaccine carrier will be needed for every 100 doses given on a single day. Should we alternate it with routine sessions??? Will that put a strain on staff???? Can one SHC (Subsidiary Health Centre) do 5000 doses in a year???? What will be the vaccine delivery cost????

Regarding electric Cold Chain – Do we double the number of ILRs (Ice Lined Refrigerator) ???? Where will we get/purchase them from???? What’ll be the cost??? …. And special minus (-) 70 cold chain???? That’s another issue. Or should we use ‘Dry Ice’???? Will it be affordable?

See the prices mentioned above. Will it be equitably distributed??? The lucky Biharis (of the state of Bihar) may get it for free if the politicians adhere to their promise. What about we, the other poor Indians ???

The initial low supply will mean that the vaccine will be first given to doctors, nurses, lab technicians, other health personnel. Then those above 65 years of age. Then those with Co-morbidity conditions. Others will have to wait in the line.

Bio-waste management – Bury-space, Incinerate, Autoclave, Transport.

Recording Cards or Android???? Training and logistics will be a serious issue.

The issues like “access” in far flung areas ……. in HRAs (Hard to Reach Areas). Special microplans need to be drawn up. Monitoring of these is a tough call. I know that, as I have done it a decade ago.
How will the adverse events due to the vaccine be monitored????

A proper AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization) system and ADR will be needed. This however, has improved vastly since 2005.

It’ll surely be a tough battle for an exhausted army of health professionals, nursing staff, ANMs and health workers including supervisors.

Let’s hope for the best.

Disuse of Oriya in admin is denial of democratic rights: Prof. Birendra Nayak

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Disuse of Oriya language in administration of Orissa is nothing but denial of democratic rights to its people, declared eminent mathematician and socio-development researcher Prof.Birendra Nayak, speaking live from the digital platform of Bhasha Andolan on Monday.

Dwelling on the topic ‘Manishi Nabakrushna and Orisha Official Language Act”, Prof. Nayak informed that, revolt against imposition of English on democratic life of the people was the fountainhead of this Act framed and promulgated by the great freedom fighter and epitome of emancipating politics, Nabakrushna Choudhury.

Focusing on the mindset of the late lamented leader, Prof. Nayak said, his revolt against English Language was not per se any opposition to the same language as a vehicle of knowledge, as he was also a known voice against linguistic chauvinism and an advocate of adoption of speaking words of any language into Oriya language for expansion of its vocabulary. That, he was describing the zeal for creating clumsy vernacular synonyms of clearly comprehensible English words as “unscientific” , is a pointer to his liberal approach to use of language as a vehicle of knowledge. Yet he had never used English Language in the English era in the legislative house. This peculiarity of Choudhury was so very spectacular that, Maulavi Latifur Rahman, a minister in the first ever government of Orissa after formation of the State under the Government of India Act, 1935, from the Opposition as he was then in, had to ask the Speaker, “Sir, is he entitled to speak in Oriya when he knows English?” and the Speaker had to reply instantly, “He has never spoken in English in the House”, informed Prof. Nayak.

Had he any aversion to English?
Then why was he not speaking in English?

Prof. Nayak said, it was his protest against imposition of English language in legislative business of the people under Section 39 of the India Act framed by the British Parliament, which had mandated, “all proceedings in the Federal Legislature shall be conducted in the English language”. Nabakrushna Choudhury was never to support this imposition, as it was against the very ethics of governance of the people by themselves, which the Act of 35 was pretending to promote.

His protest against imposition of English in administration was so very stoutly ethical that he had even placed the State budget in the Assembly on February 21, 1951 in Oriya language, informed Prof. Nayak.

So, he said, creation of the Orissa Official Language Act by Choudhury in 1954 was an outcome of his protest against continuance of English as medium of administration in free India.

The attempt to make Oriya the official language of Orissa was first made by Pt. Laxminarayan Mishra of Sambalpur (Bargarh East) in the Assembly on Arril 1, 1948, which was withdrawn under compulsion of politico-administrative situation then prevalent. But, had it been then possible to adopt Laxminarayan’s Motion, it would have been the best, Nabakrushna had said at the time of passing of the language Act in 1954. Sans any ambiguity he had told the Assembly that, had Laxminarayan’s Motion been adopted and Oriya been made the official language, “the people of this soil could certainly have got the elixir of independence to the satisfaction of their national necessity.” This national necessity was the main cause of creation of Orissa Official language Act by Nabakrushna Choudhury, he pointed out.

It is sad and shocking that the same Act is not being allowed to act, as the Government of Orissa is running in English, despite the celebrated Black-Flag-Campaign (Bhasha Andolan) having reached the 1699th day, reminding the Government every day that it is their duty to implement, not to disdain, the Official Language Act.

The incumbent government of the State has not only pushed the Language Act to atrophy, but also has been subjugating the future generation of Oriyas to English language by creating English medium schools at the cost of vernacular schools in all the geographical nerve centers of Orissa and by naming same as ‘Adarsha Vidyalaya’, which is meant to make people accept that, not their own language, but English is the language of their emancipation, thundered Prof. Nayak.

His enlightening speech shared ‘live’ in face book is put in YouTube for the Oriyas of the world to watch.

On behalf of Bhasha Andolan, the event was coordinated by media scholar and Chartard Accountant Ranjan Kumar Sahoo, whose contribution to the movement is monumental.

Give governance in Oriya, remove the obstacles, punish the intransigent: Dash Benhur

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Eminent author, thinker and teacher in Political Science Jitendra Narayan Dash, famous as Dash Benhur, has called upon the Government of Orissa to give governance in Oriya and to remove all obstacles from implementation of Orissa Official Language Act,1954 by punishing whosoever seen intransigent. Disuse of Oriya in administration is denial of democratic rights to the people of Orissa, he declared.

He was speaking ‘live’ from the digital platform of Black Flag Campaign ‘Bhasha Maa Pain Pade’ (A few words for the Mother Tongue) on November 30 at 4 PM. Prof. Dash, it may be noted, is a proud part of this campaign.

While dwelling on the topic ‘Mother Tongue for Knowledge’, he elaborated how Oriya Language is a very unique depository of knowledge – both classical and scientific. To make it available and updated, Oriya language is the vehicle, which the governmental is required to keep active. But to chagrin of the people, the government has done the opposite by willful disuse of Oriya in governance of Orissa. Why should there be any in power who doesn’t know and use the language of the people? He wondered.

Eminent language activist, CA Ranjan Komar Sahoo managed the ‘Live”event.

The live speech in Facebook is adopted for Oriyas of the world as hereunder:

Oriya Language created Orissa and therefore Orissa must be ruled by Oriya Language

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to have developed a wrong notion that governance of Orissa in Oriya depends upon his mercy. His press-note of December 17 and full page display advertisement in major broadsheets of today force us to arrive at this apprehension.

In his December 17 press note it was declared that he had held a meeting with the five members of the ministerial committee on that day for the purpose of “strictly implementing the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in official and non-official level” to facilitate which a website has been floated by the government. In the full page multi-color advertisement in broadsheet dailies today, this is intriguingly missing.

The advertisement is designed to tell the people that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken historical steps to save and develop Oriya language, and has enumerated the steps he has taken. This is blatant lie. Neither he nor his government has executed any single item claimed to be “historical” in the official advertisement. The entire advertisement is nothing but false propaganda. What a shame it is, that, the people of Orissa are taken for granted by their Chief Minister! Read more →

Navakalevara: Legends and reality

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Legends are the most misguiding mischief aimed at superimposing lies on reality so that indigenous people of an occupied land are kept too dazzled to see the dark face of the rulers and the class of exploiters can keep its victims subjugated to its authority, while forcing them to forget the heroic history of evolution of their own philosophy of life, their own splendid spiritual realizations, their own socio-economic uniqueness, their own ancient culture, their own valorous past, their own way of social integration and their own civilization.

We see this mischief galore in the context of Navakalevara of SriJagannatha.

So, here, we are to rip apart the legends and bring the reality of the Navakalevara to light, as thereby alone we can reach the lost uniqueness of the people of Orissa.

We will use Puri Sankaracharya’s self-proclaimed authority over Navakalevara to proceed with our purpose.

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Samaja in Maze of Forgery: Two former Ministers of Orissa – Lingaraj Mishra & Radhanath Rath forged the WILL of Gopabandhu; Both benefitted till their death; SoPS continues to Loot

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Oriya daily SAMAJA founded by late Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das, to which, out of their love and reverence for the great humanitarian leader, the people of Orissa had and have been giving their financial and moral support, is in a menacing maze of forgery and loot.

Sadly, two of Gopabandhu’s trusted men – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath – who, because of being known so, had the opportunity of becoming cabinet ministers in Orissa, were the masterminds and/or makers of the forgery from which the paper is yet to be salvaged.

Both of them – Lingaraj and Radhanath – had partnered with each other in forging the last WILL of Gopabandhu to grab the Samaja, which being Gopabandhu’s paper was of superb credibility and the greatest political instrument of the day. They had performed this crime behind the screen of and in nexus with Servants of the People Society (SoPS), of which, while breathing his last, Gopabandhu was the Vice-President. Read more →