Oriya Bhasa Suraksha Samiti applauded in National Conference of Asima Orissa at Chennai

The national conference of Asima Orissa, held at Chennai from August 8 for two days applauded Orissa Bhasa Sangram Samiti for its glorious role in waking up the Government of Orissa to the essential need of governance of the State in mother tongue Oriya.

Samiti Convener Sri Sankar Parida and Joint Convener Dr. Subrat Prusti attended the Conference. Delegates from different parts of the country, who have kept abreast of the movement of the Samiti including the recent fast onto death for implementation of the Orissa Official Language Act 1954, wholeheartedly endorsed the five point charter of demands the Samiti has placed before the Government of Orissa, the number one of which is immediate implementation of the 1954 Act.

Sri Parida informed the conference that in the first session of the Joint Action Committee, which the government has formed with the Samiti, responsibility is assigned to famous linguist Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak to formulate a Language Policy for proper implementation of the Act. The next JAC possibly to meet in the last week of this month will concentrate further on the five demands, he said.

On being requested by the delegates, Dr. Prusti gave details of the endeavors to get the Classical language status for Oriya. It was a moment of celebration in the conference, which applauded the Samiti for its contributions to the cause of the mother tongue.

No negligence to implementation of the 1954 Act would be tolerated, the conference resolved, while appreciating the new positive stance of the political leadership in matter of implementation of the Act.

Asima OrissaFormer Chief Secretary of Tamilnadu Sri Debendranath Sarangi, Financial director of NTPC poet Kulamani Biswal, Coordinator of Asima Orissa Kishore Dwivedy, President of Asima Orissa Kshirod Jena, Convener Nihar Samantaray, amongst others, felicitated Sri Parida and Dr. Prusti and assured them of all cooperation to make the steps taken by the Samiti succeed. They thanked poet gajanan Mishra and all others who sat in fast for the mother tongue. They also thanked the group of Ministers – Arun Kumar Sahu, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Sanjay Das Burma and Pranab Prakas Das for the first collective steps they have taken to cooperate with the Samiti to speed up the process of implementation of the 1954 Act and they further thanked Minister Debi Prasad Mishra for making the initiative proceed ahead as head of the ministerial sub-committee.

In Kendrapada Context Satish Gajbhiye deserves praise, not punishment

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

IPS Officer Satish Gajbhiye is at the center of attack by the BJP.

The Congress party, too confused over people’s marked reluctance to revive their support for it, has joined the bogey in a hope against hope that the anarchy over Sarathi baba precipitated by BJP may grant it a chance to make people feel that it has not been totally bereft of striking strength.

Sadly for Orissa, elitism is escaping analytical assessment of its nexus with anti-people political designs. And to further misfortune of Orissa, its Government is often conducting itself in sophomoric pattern, where Cabinet Ministers are taking instructions from the Chief Minister’s private secretary on how to act on files with them.

Had the administration been a bit responsible, Gajbhiye should have received commendation instead of condemnation in shape of instant transfer from Kendrapada for the steps he had taken to save the place from possible mayhem.

The SP personifies the State in matter of policing a district. By transferring him before a correct assessment of the situation that had led him to order the police to act, the government has failed to appreciate that such action has  demoralizing effect on the police.

The BJP and its television stooges had brought the environment to a boiling point and a very horrific incendiary condition had been whipped up, which was going to get out of control.

Had the police not acted sharply, that evening was going to be a night of mayhem. Anybody who had watched the scenario in television and anybody who will see the unedited and unbroken videos of that time, would have no doubt about it.

It was certainly necessary to disperse that mob instantly and forcefully and it was certainly necessary to subject the provocateurs to such visible repression that lurching miscreants should have thought twice before indulging in any immediate illegality.

In doing this or in endorsing this, as the SP of Kendrapada, Gajbhiye had not done any wrong.

I urge upon the Chief Minister to ask the TV channels to submit unedited and unbroken films of their projected matters. They were absolutely incendiary in nature and in design and in voice and in velocity. A little application of mind would make it clear that the situation was getting congeniality even for using of bombs in that muddy environment of unfathomable mass schizophrenia. BJP’s instigating involvement was making the ontogeny of political mischief more aggressive. The TV channels were roaring that the fraud baba was safe, because the Chief Minister was hand-in-glove with him. This was adding ghee to the fire the BJP was igniting. Had Gajbhiye not acted instantly with the essentially needed aggressiveness, many people might have died there in the said evening, as the power hungry political sharks were zooming in.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in this particular case, deserves all praise for the patience and silence he has displayed.His Government would do better if Gajbhiye is not harassed over his role in Kendrapada.

The subsequent allegations over his property accumulation are matters for him to defend.