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May Day Salute to Joe Hill

We pay our salute to May Day with this recitation of the Oriya translation of Alfred Hayes/Paul Robeson’s “Joe Hill” by Saswat Pattanayak.

Bhasha Andolan Presidium also writes to Governor against harmful Rules

Roving Reporter

The Government has tried yet again to mislead the people of Orissa in the matter of Official Language.

As the Bhasha Andolan has refused to be hoodwinked by the Government and continues its Black Flag campaign against killing of the essence of Orissa Official Language Act, which the Chief Minister has already done by inserting a new section – Section 4A – into the Act of 1954, provision of punishment against violation of the Act has been breathed in a Resolution in the Cabinet on 26.2.2019 and accordingly amendment has been proposed in the Official Language Rules, 2016. The proposal has been sent to the Governor for approval.

The mischief of the proposal lies in its germination from Sec.4A of the Act, to which the Bhasha Andolan is opposing. In an urgent meeting of its Presidium, it is resolved to oppose the move.

Accordingly, Sri Arjun Charan Samantaray, member of the Presidium, has sent an e-mail to the Governor requesting him not to approve the amendment without reading the notoriety of the Section 4A. Below is the copy of his mail:


His Excellency The Governor


Subject: Request for refusing approval to Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Rules, 2019.


Presidium of Bhasha Andolan, which has been spearheading a movement for flawless implementation of Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 is shocked to note that the government has decided in a cabinet meeting on 26.02.2019 to amend the Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 on the basis of a new Section called Section 4A in the Act inserted in 2018.

We want to tell you that the said Section is a bad piece of legislation, which severely squeezes the scope of the Act. The said amendment was done by blatantly misleading the Assembly and in the obliteration of the relevant cabinet resolution dated 14.03.2018. The legislative intention spelt out in the ‘Statement of Object and Reasons’ of the amendment is devastating to the language right of the people of Odisha and the Legislative Assembly should not have adopted the anti-Odia legislation engineered to defeat the very purpose of the Act created and promulgated in 1954.

When the unique movement of the people of the State known as ‘Black Flag Movement’ is continuing for obliteration of the mischievous piece of legislation called Section 4A, it is sad that the State Government have proceeded to legalize the said illegal amendment by creating a fresh piece of legislation in form of the proposed amendment in the Official Language Rules, by basing it on the said Section 4A.

Founder of Bhasha Andolan Shri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, on whose original initiative the aforesaid legislative activities have been generated, has mailed you to please refuse your approval to the proposed amendment of Odisha Official Language Rules.

In supporting his justified stand, the Presidium of Bhasha Andolan, in an urgent session, has decided to oppose the proposed amendment.

I, therefore, on behalf of the Presidium, request you to please refuse approval to the proposed Amendment of the Odisha Official Language Rules and to please review the legislative exercises that have resulted in creation of the harmful Section i.e. Section 4A inserted in the Odisha Official Language Act, which is being used to amend the Odisha Official Language Rules.

Kind Regards,

Arjun Charan Samantray, Advocate

Member of the Presidium, Bhasha Andolan, Odisha

Complaint against BJD MLA registered for anti-national misconduct

Orissa Police in Khandagiri Police Station, Bhubaneswar has registered a complain against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik\s blue-eyed boy, MLA Debashis Samantaray, which social activist Dr. Subas Mohapatra has lodged over his brutal attack on a close relation of Pulwama martyr Manoj Behera. The heinous crime has embarrassed Orissa to the core and a Pakistani TV channel has rebuked India by telecasting the visuals of the crime. Sadly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has not responded to Mahapatra’s twitter intimation on the sordid misconduct of his close colleague.

We put on records the registered complaint:

Official Language officially mutilated: Will the Chief Minister please respond?

Roving Reporter

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has wilfully mutilated the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 by way of two successive amendments in 2018. This has rendered inconsequential the very purpose of creation of Orissa as a linguistic State.

Founder of Bhasha Andolan, Orissa Sri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has emailed him on 11th January 2019 to correct his wrong. The CM has not yet responded.  The email is shared below with the people of Orissa, as the Assembly is scheduled to commence its session on the 4th of February.


Hon’ble Sri Naveen Patnaik,

Chief Minister

Sub: Orissa Official Language Act mutilated through Amendment, 2018: Request for re-amendment to do away with the defects and for action against the Officer(s) responsible for rendering even the Hon’ble Chief Minister inconsequential

Ref: Cabinet Resolution Dated 14.3.2018 on Orissa Official Language Act, 1954

Noble Sir,

At the risk of repetition apropos my mail dated 29.6. 2018, may it be recalled that, you were kind enough to nominate me as a member to the Ministerial Committee on implementation of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954. In that capacity, I had conducted a deep research into why the Act, being de jure in force since 1954, was de facto defunct and found out the following defects in the body of the Act, enforced on 14.10.1954:

1. The Government was not empowered in the Act to frame Rules to implement the Act; and

2. There was no provision of punishment against contravention of the Act.

Accordingly, I had given my advice on 3.9.2015 with draft outlines of two legislation – one, for empowering the Government to frame the Rules and the other, for provision of punishment against non-use of Oriya as official language.

I am personally grateful to you for your ultimate acceptance of the above two advices and for amendment of the Act accordingly.

The 1st advice was implemented in Ordinance dated 21.5.2016, later given the Law form in Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2016.

The 2nd one was given a form of Law in the Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2018 by insertion of Section 4-A.

But, Sir, under the guise of this noble work, assented to by the Governor on 23.6.2018, mischief was played to kill the very purpose of the Act and the purpose of the creation of the State of Odisha as well, as it was deliberately linked to Cabinet Resolution dated 26.12.2017, which had proposed to reduce the scope of the Act with other highly objectionable ingredients.

In my mail dated 29.6.2018, I had urged upon you to repeal this notorious Section and to please restore the Act to its original form by making a fresh amendment with flawless provision of punishment for its violation. I quote from the said mail for your ready reference here below:

The State Cabinet met again under your Presidentship on 14.3.2018. It superseded the defective Resolution dated 26.12.2017 on the Act and, almost entirely agreeing to our demand, it made it clear that for nonworking in Oriya, only the erring employee and official will be punished, not the Department. In complete acceptance of our argument it resolved, “as there is no provision for imposing penalty against the Officers and employees who are violating the provisions of the notifications under the Act, Government have decided to bring the amendment immediately providing penalties for such erring Officers and employees…so that they will implement the provisions of the notification in its letter and spirit” (Para 2 and 3 of the Press Note of the GA & PG Department, dated 14.3.2018).

But, Sir, your above noble decision has been rendered inconsequential in the amendment drafted by bureaucracy and adopted by the Assembly, for reasons detailed below:

Firstly, the Statement of Object and Reasons of the Amendment do not carry the Reasons spelt out in the above quoted resolution of the Cabinet meeting presided over by you on 14.3.2018. It is based on the superseded resolution of 26.12.2017, completely suppressing the resolution dated 14.3.2018.

Secondly, while illegally using the superseded resolution dated 26.12.2017, the officer concerned has also tampered with the said resolution. When, even that Resolution had laid down that for nonuse of Oriya the Department AND the employees will be suitably punished, the amendment, claiming to have been based on that resolution, provides for punishment to employees OR Department, which is blatantly unauthorized and illegal.

Thirdly, the scope of the Act originally covering the whole of Orissa and all and every Office in the State of Orissa, the amendment has reduced this scope to “extensive use of Oriya Language”, which clearly means that the Act will not be used in whole of Orissa and in all and every office in the State. No amendment can kill the basic purpose of the Act.

Thus Sir, your intention to amend the Act to make it flawless for implementation of the Act “in its letter and spirit” has been brutally done away with by the mandarins while drafting the amendment.

These gross mistakes were overlooked by the Minister Mr. Arukh who moved the Bill in your absence and who just read out the reply to the debate as obviously prepared by the scheming mandarin that had drafted the amendment with a deliberate design against the people of Orissa.”

Obviously, no serious attention was paid to this mail, as a result of which, attempts were made to enforce this illegality on the people of Odisha and their language in Odisha Official Language (Second Amendment) Act, 2018.

This amendment is illegal on the following two grounds:

(1) It has legalized the tampering of the Cabinet resolution of 26.12.2017 while retaining the word OR; and

(2) It has kept the notorious Section 4-A alive, which being based on the resolution of 26.12.2017, over and above the numbers of mischief detailed above, puts the implementation of the Act under the mercy of the departments.

Under the circumstances, I request you to be pleased to please repeal Section 4-A along with Section 3-A from the Odisha Official Language Act in the coming session of the Assembly and to please bring in fresh amendment to quantify the punishment for contravention of Act, as per the Cabinet resolution of 14.3.2018. I also request you to quantify the punishment for contravention of the Official Language Act, as has been done in the Odisha Shops and Commercial Establishment (Amendment) Act, 2018.

Let us the people of Odisha feel that anglicized bureaucracy is not making a farce of the noble decision of our Hon’ble Chief Minister in the matter of our Official Language.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Founder of Bhasha Andolan, Orissa


Bungling in Bhasha Andolan: FIR in Police

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

FIR has been filed this morning in the Capital Police Station against convener of Bhasha Andolan for financial bungling and other offenses.

The FIR is self- explanatory. For public information the same is published here:


The IIC, Capital Police Station,



Sub: Criminal Acts committed by Pabitra Maharatha aged about 40 years, s/o late Laxmidhar Maharatha, residing in a rented house on plot No. 1590/3731, Sastrinagar, Bhubaneswar -1, P.S.  Capital Police Station, P.O. GPO, Bhubaneswar.



Respectfully I inform that, I am the Chairman of Bhasha Andolan, with its office in the residence of Pabitra Maharatha, Convener (Abahak) of Bhasha Andolan, at plot No. 1590/3731, Sastrinagar, Bhubaneswar.

As a member in the Ministerial Committee on working of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, I had researched into why the Act was not being honored and located three lacunae: (1) Absence of penal provisions for its contravention; (2) Absence of Rules to drive the Act ahead including administration of penal provisions as and when provided for in the Act  and (3) Absence of provision in the Act to bestow upon the Government the power to frame and promulgate the Rules. Accordingly, I formulated sets of Legislation for amendment of the Act and creation of Rules and submitted the same on 3.9.2015 to the Government through the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee and the Committee having approved the same, the Government had created a separate website for the purpose and published my draft therein for objection, if any, from the general public. And, the CM had informed the Assembly on 14.12.2015 of the proposed amendment of the Act. But, my stress on penal clause unnerved the CM, as he is not in the habit of using Oriya and steps were taken to derail the Committee. I wrote about this mischief against our Language and invited advice of thinking minds in social media ‘Face book’ and several friends mailed me their ideas. Then, I formulated the Bhasha Andolan and its operational method i.e. a silent march of maximum four persons with black flags in hand everyday at 5 pm to wake up our people to the danger to our Language. The above named Pabitra Maharatha , then working with me in matter of labor unrest in the Samaja newspaper, came forward  to help me in this campaign, which I had gladly welcomed. He roped in Pradyumna Satapathy and a few others.

After 39 days of this campaign, Govt. promulgated an Ordinance on May 21, 2016 causing an amendment in the Act that addressed to my advice in part and removed the lacuna as noted at point (3) above. The other two lacunae remained unheeded to, necessitating expansion of our campaign to enhance moral pressure on the authorities to further amend the Act and adopt the proposed Rules.  Funds were necessary for our movement.  We decided to publish relevant literature in support of the movement in shape of a souvenir and generate funds for its publication as well as for our campaign by roping in advertisements for the same. The said Pabitra Maharatha was given the principal and overall charge of the printing and publication thereof.

Instead of any other printer/publisher he published it under his own banner ‘Sabdasparsha’ by engaging ‘Duduli Process and Offset, Bapujinagar, Bhubaneswar to print it.  It was, captioned ‘Bhasha Pain Gana O Ganamadhyama’, printed and published and got inaugurated in a function on November 30, 2016. Profit and losses arising out of the matters connected with printing and publishing of the souvenir were to be enjoyed and borne by the Bhasha Andolan and not by Pabitra Maharatha. Lest there be any loss, as Chairman of the movement, I had campaigned for the advertisements and a price tag of Rs.500/- per copy was allowed on the souvenir, so that, the income from the selling of the same could be taken by Pabitra Maharatha for his labor in preparing the print-material, when the advertisement revenue minus the Press charges and the cost of paper, was to come to the movement for use in its expansion scheme.

The campaigners whose picture were placed in the souvenir along with reports of their participation had to be supplied with a copy of the souvenir free of cost and all the libraries including the State Library and State Archive were also to be supplied with copies thereof for consultation and reference by scholars/ researchers.  When he circulated a few copies on the day of its launching, he did not supply the souvenir to activists who participated in the campaign and to the Libraries/Archive, pretending always that the payments against the advertisements have not materialized , as a result of which he was unable to bring all the copies from the Press.

While thus keeping us  in dark about whether or not the Advertisement revenues are collected, he declared on 7.6.2018 that, he has incurred a loan of Rs.8 lakhas for the Bhasha Andolan, which, unless settled, he would commit suicide along with his wife and daughter. I sent him a message to apprise the members of the details of the accounts so that collective mind could be applied to settle his problem and decide on ways of raising the deficit, if any. Correspondingly it was also aimed at finding out if there was any surplus to be utilized for expansion of Bhasha Andolan. He is playing hide and seek and is not producing the accounts. On the other hand, he is propagating that, he has sustained heavy loss in publishing the souvenir, despite his failure to render the accounts called for from him. It now transpires that he has printed and published volumes of the same souvenir where there is no trace of the advertisements in order to give the impression that no income has been fetched from commercial space-selling, when he has, through his organization Shabdasparsa has published the souvenir by borrowing Rs.8 lakhs, which the Bhasha Andolan must pay him failing which he would commit suicide along with his wife and child. This being a serious situation needs investigation and legal action.

On my rough estimation, the income from the advertisement would exceed the expenditure by at least Rs.30 lakshs.

Pabitra has misappropriated the heavy surplus. He was entrusted with the earnings from advertisement and had dominion over it. He has dishonestly misappropriated it against the implied contract to the effect that, he will collect the advertisement cost, meet the expenses out of it, give proper accounts and return the surplus for the use of the movement.

On 8.6.2018, when I asked him in a mail to submit the accounts, his reaction was evasive and acrid. I mailed Pradyumna Satpathy whom he had projected as our President and we had accepted under the circumstances, to call a meeting of members to take stock of the situation.  He urged upon me to wait till July 16 as from that day the postponed Black Flag campaign of Bhasa Andolan was to resume and then we can meet and work upon the accounts. Surprisingly, on the said day, i.e. 16.7.2018, both Pabitra Maharatha and Pradyumna Satapathy did not participate in the Black Flag campaign and made a false propaganda in a press conference that the campaign has been postponed sine die. Thus the accounts of the movement is not being placed before the members, both the Convener and the President – Pabitra Maharatha and Pradyumna Satapathy respectively, having acted to hide the accounts.

Thus, Pabitra Maharatha, responsible for the souvenir and answerable on the accounts, in whose residence the office of the movement functions and in whose custody all the papers and books of accounts and documents are kept, has deceived the Bhaha Andolan and now dishonestly induces it to deliver Rs.8 lakhs to him. He has cheated and thereby dishonestly induces to deliver such amount. And, Pradyumna Satapathy is hand-in-glove with him.

On the aforesaid premises, I request your goodself to register a case against Pabitra Mohan Maharatha , and grant me a copy of the FIR and conduct a detailed investigation into my allegations and oblige.

Yours Faithfully,

(Subhas Chandra Pattanayak)

Chairman, Bhasha Andolan, Orissa

Residing at: VR 32, Unit 6, Bhubaneswar-1



Police moved for action against TATA and JSL

Pernicious pollution caused by TATA Steel and JSL is dragging at least 10,000 people of Vyasanagar, Jajpur into unmanageable health hazards annually, as per allegation raised before the Police seeking immediate action under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

In a signed complaint addressed to the IIC of Jajpur Road P.S., President of Saheed Bhagat Singh Yubak Sangha, Vyasanagar Sri Rajendra Biswal , Secretary Hemant Kumar Dhir and several members including Niranjan Ghadai, Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, M. Pattnaik, Chandramani Samal, Malay Biswal, A. Nayak, Satyakam Mohanty have alleged that both these industries are “spreading” life threatening dusts in the entire area by open-air transportation of fly-ash of their respective power plants where intentionally they do not use the de-dusting system in sharp disregard to legal stipulation.

“We have had enough of giant coal power stations spewing poison into the air night and day. Smog, acid rain, Toxic mercury, and fine particles embed deep in our lungs. They are literally killing us.” they have alleged.

We put below the copy of their complaint and urge upon the government to immediately intervene.