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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The 72 years-old first step to India’s present shape celebrated in Nilgiri

Roving Reporter

The people of Nilgiri have celebrated on Wednesday the 72nd year of merger of their State with Orissa, which paved the way for India to absorb all the Princely States and get the geographic shape in which we find her today.

Comrade Janardan Pati senior CPIM leader, as the chief speaker on the occasion, correctly recalled the contributions of Veer Baishnav Charan Pattanayak of Dhenkanal whose militant aggression, over and above the heroic fight of Banamali Das, Kailash Mohanty and many other leaders of the Prajamandal, had forced the King to abdicate his Throne. The Nilgiri MLA Sri Sukanta Nayak was the chief guest.

Nilgiri was the first State in Orissa to merge with India. The communists were in the forefront of this struggle.

But democracy having given way to plutocracy, the situation has gone so sore that, the people’s sufferings are not over despite elapse of 72 years of merger, excepting some of the former kings and their heirs becoming ministers and ministers dazzling like the former kings. The Prajas are mere poor citizens without decent life and living. The communists are fighting to eradicate social and economic disparities. This will be a prolong battle to liberate people from economic exploitation and from communal fascism, said Sri Pati.

Keeping the original Act intact, provide punishment for contravention : Bhasha Andolan to CM

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ruined the essence of Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 by amending it twice in 2018 for the nefarious purpose. Section 4-A inserted into the Act is designed to undo the provisions of the original Act that, in the whole State of Orissa, for all and any official work the language shall be Oriya.

Bhasha Andolan Presidium has asked the Chief Minister to do away with this mischief and to amend the Act afresh to repel the notorious Section 4-A and to bring in new provisions to severely punish whosoever functionary fails to work in Oriya language and contravenes the Act.

Here is what the Presidium has told the CM:

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 →