Historic Black Flag wakes up Jagatsinghpur: Memo to CM through Collector

The last but one day of November would be the last to be forgotten in the life of Jagatsinghpur, the District that has the unique distinction of being the bearer of the birthplace of Orissa’s first Mahakabi (author of mega epic Mahabharat) Sarala Das and the State’s first Mukhyamantri (Chief Minister) Nabakrushna Chowdhury, both epoch makers.

Sarala Das settled Oriya language in such a sphere that thye Linguistic Survey of India had to declare that Oriya vocabulary is so very vast that neither Telugu nor Bengali nor Hindi can vie with it.

Nabakrushna Chowdhury gave the people of Orissa the right to be served in Oriya language for which purpose the guardian generation of Orissa had battled against all odds since 1870 to create India’s first linguistic province of Orissa. The Orissa Official Language Act which he created and promulgated in 1954 was to cover the entire State where all and any official work was to be done in Oriya Language.

Incumbent Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, entirely averse to Oriya Language, has sabotaged the Act by inserting therein a new section namely Section 4-A which is designed to debar the people from getting official service in Oriya everywhere in the State and more menacingly, bureaucracy shall determine the standard and the scope of official use of Oriya.

Presidium of Bhasha Andolan has served an ultimatum on the CM to repeal the harmful section 4-A and to replace it with a new section providing for stringent punishment against any contravention of the Act framed and promulgated by Sri Chowdhury in 1954. Jagatsinghpur district unit of the Andolan submitted a memorandum on November 29 to the Collector espousing the ultimatum served on the CM.

Convened by district coordinator Krishnanand Sahu, the memorialists were led by President of the district unit and former Chairman of Jagatsingpur Municipality Sri Biplab Chowdhury.

The unique black flag march, hallmark of decency and decorum in public agitation that the Bhasha Andolan has created, commenced from the Sarala Memorial tower after singing glory to mother tongue Oriya and handed over the Memorandum to the Additional District Magistrate (General) who received the same on behalf of the Collector, for onward transmission to the Chief Minister.

Among others,eminent activists committed to the mother tongue, were Devi Prasad Chowdhury, Pranakrushna Sethi, Madhabendra Gochhayat,Ramakanta Dash,Prasant Kumar Mallick,Sunil Kumar Matia, Krushnachandra Pradhan,Saroj Kumar Sahu, Sachin Kumar Beura,Saroj Kumar Lenka, Bainshidhar Behera,Arun Mohanty, Sudarshan Behera,Prasant kumar Mohapatra, Banambar Matia,Soumyaranjan Das et als signed the memorandum that espouses the Ultimatum given to the CM.

A few pictures of the historic event,sent to us by Sri Biplab Chowdhury and Asish Kumar Behera are placed below:

Why Naveen is insulting the saintly Nabakrushna Chowdhury?

Mark the picture.

The statue of the saintly Nabakrushna Chowdhury, sacred for the entire population of Oriya origin, erected on the outer side of the Assembly gate, is deliberately subjected to heaps of debris and felled tree branches, when the whole capital city is in high-rich make-up to match the Bhubaneswar edition of the Hockey World Cup.

As if this is not enough, the surrounding iron fences are fitted with blinking lights and decorative chandeliers are set on nearby trees to make the passersby see in the night also how the first architect of Orissa after independence is being insulted for not having danced to the tune of Biju Patnaik, father of the present CM.

In 1952, Biju Patnaik, who had entered politics to amass personal wealth, had wanted to become a minister in Chowdhury’s cabinet with the portfolios of mining and industry. Chowdhury had refused, because, by that time, he had acquired around 4000 acres of precious mining lease and had become an instant industrialist. To Chowdhury, taking a mines and industry owner into his cabinet as minister of mines and industry was ethically incorrect.

Biju avenged this by using all his mafia prowess to force Chowdhury resign.

When the evolving and inexperienced democracy succumbed to his machinations and chair of chief minister went to his occupation, he tried to kill the spirit of the Official Language Act, which Chowdhury had created in 1954. He arbitrarily revived English as Official Language in addition to Oriya by an amendment in 1963, creating a smokescreen of legislative business. People thrashed him out for his offence and hence, his evil design to eventually eject out Oriya from official language status could not be executed in its entirety.

Naveen wants to fulfill his father’s unfinished work. Therefore, he has brought in Section 4-A by way of amendment of the Official Language Act, which, when implemented, will put the Act under mercy of the employees and deny the people of Orissa the right to have official services in their mother tongue.

Not only he has damaged the Official Language Act created by Nabababu, but also, as the daily black-flag-campaign of Bhasha Andolan commences from the podium of the revered statue in front of the Assembly, his government has reduced the area of the podium to such ridiculous condition.

People of Orissa are yet to wake up.

Repeal Sec 4A of Official Language Act in a specially convened Assemby: Bhasha Andolan at Puri

Roving Reporter

Summon a special session of the Assembly and repeal Section 4-A of Odisha Official Language Act and bring in provisions for punishment for its contravention, asked the founder of Bhasha Andolan Subhas Chandra Pattanayak to the Government in public at Puri on Monday. The demand was made against the backdrop of closure of the Assembly session immediately after a Bill to amend the Official Language Act was submitted with the statutory Notice by CPI (M) member Sri Laxman Munda, which was in consonance with the demand of Bhasha Andolan.

Mass Communication practitioner Soumyaranjan Nayak captured live the Black Flag Campaign of Bhasha Andolan, as it proceeded to submit a Memorandum to the Chief Minister, Orissa, through the District Collector.

Members of the Andolan Presidium – Kamal Lochan Nayak, Subhas Chandra Pradhan and Girijakant Mishra led the campaign, first of its kind in the holy city.

We are presenting here the two reports of the campaign covered by Sri Nayak.

This is the first report that covers the commencement of the campaign at Singhadvar of SriJagannath Temple:

This is the second report that covers the campaign in the city:

Besides Sri Pattanayak, central leaders – Kamal Lochan Nayak, Subhas Chandra Pradhan and Girijakant Mishra and district leaders – Bibudhendra Bidyadhar and Mrutyunjay Tripathy elaborately answeredd the points raised by the live reporter.

In the presence of Sri Pattanayak and members of the Presidium, leaders of the undivided Puri district Bhasha Andolan, comprising Bibudhendra Bidyadhar, Mrutyunjay Tripathy,Govind Chandra Mohanty,Nilakantha Behera, Narendra Sahu, Shubhashish Pattanayak, Sanjay Kumar Sahu,Jiten Kumar Raut, Ashis Kumar Behera,Sisir Kumar Sahu,Asis Kumar Sahu,Rabinarayan Mishra,Prabir Deo,Kunimani Deo,and Achyutanand Patel submitted the Memorandum.

Hooligan attacks Kharabel Swain: Orissa CM silent

Notwithstanding political economy of capitalism he vouches for, M.A.Kharabela Swain is a politician who the people never look at askance.

He is sincere, honest and upright.

He has been insulted with obnoxious words and assaulted by a gang of hooligans at Kashipur in the district of Rayagada this evening while addressing a gathering on his party programs. Swain is the founder leader of a new political party namely Utkal Bharat and the goons are allegedly BJD workers.
Leaders of almost all political parties have condemned the attack; but the chief of BJD – the chief minister – is yet to react.

The video shows the scenario.

Breach of Privilege by Orissa CM: Let the Assembly act

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If the Legislative Assembly of Orissa has an iota of sense of privilege, it should charge Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for having deliberately misled the House to insert Section 4-A into Odisha Official Language Act, 1954, which is designed to quash the very purpose of the same Act, by telling the Assembly a blatant lie that the amendment was because the State Cabinet has decided it to be so.
The State Cabinet had decided and resolved on 14.3.2018 to amend the Orissa Official Language Act with what was depicted in a Press Note issued by the G.A. & P.G.Department. I am pasting it below:
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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 →