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:

To

The IIC, Capital Police Station,

Bhubaneswar.

 

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.

 

Sir,

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

Bhubaneswar,

7.8.2018

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The Motherland of Oriyas is Orissa; no other name in Anthem desirable

My essay in Orissa’s major daily Surjyaprava shows why no other name than Orissa is desirable in the State Anthem as and when a law is framed to make it possible.  Here it is:

Amendment ruins the Official Language Act, CM moved for fresh Amendment

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In the matter of governance of Orissa in Oriya, here is my mail to Chief Minister of Orissa demanding repeal of Odisha Official Language (Amendment) Act, 2018 or re-amendment of the Act to remove the defects :

 

To

The Hon’ble Chief Minister, Orissa,

Bhubaneswar.

Sub: Orissa Official Language Act violated 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 read with the CMO letter No. 773/CM dt.19.5.2017 and Resolution No.18715/G.A. dt.31.7.2015

Hon’ble Sir,

With a heavy heart, I am writing you to say that, your noble intention to remove all defects from the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in order to make it flawlessly functional has been derailed by mischievous brains in bureaucracy and consequently, its amendment passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Governor, has become a more notorious instrument to destroy the original purpose of the Act , while rendering you absolutely inconsequential in the matter of the Resolution of the Cabinet you had presided over on March 14, 2018.

In looking back to the chain of events, I may state that, against the backdrop of ‘Fast onto Death’ by famous language activist Gajanan Mishra in July 2015, the new phase of official action on working of the Official Language Act commenced with creation of a Ministerial Committee by you under the Resolution referred to above, to find out how the Act could be implemented.

You were kind enough to nominate me as a member to the said Committee and in that capacity, I had conducted a thorough research into why the Act, being de jure in force since 1954, was de facto defunct and found out the following defects:

  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 nonuse of Oriya as official language.

For the first time the Government could know the above two inherent defects in the Act from my communication and you were kind enough to inform the Assembly on 14.12.2015 that necessary amendment of the Act was on the anvil.

From the notes in the concerned file it transpires that, the then officer-in-charge of the aforesaid Ministerial Committee Sri G.V.V.Sharma had objected to the proposal for punishment, and the file was then thus strangulated that, the Committee went into oblivion.

There was no other way for us than starting a movement in the name of Bhasha Andolan and commencing a campaign known as Black-Flag-Campaign for propounding the cause.

After 39 days of this campaign, on 21.5.2016, you were kind enough to get apprised of the serious situation and appreciating the extraordinary urgency the campaign had generated for official action, you promulgated an Ordinance of Amendment to the Act that implemented my advice and empowered the Government to frame Rules to drive the Act ahead. We had postponed the Black-Flag-Campaign till August 15, 2016, as, to our comprehension, which official indication to the Press had generated, all obstacles to implementation of the Act were to have been removed by then.

Bureaucracy foiled your noble attempt by producing a stillborn set of Rules that was so ineffectual and ill-conceived that, even the Government did not prefer to apprise the Assembly of it, when the Ordinance was laid as a Bill.

As our Black Flag Campaign continued, you were kind enough to discuss the matter with us vide the CMO communication dated 19.5.2017 under reference. We appraised you of the lacunae in the Law and gave you a fresh memorandum detailing why and how the amendment, 2016 should be further amended. A draft of the proposed amendment was submitted to you on that occasion.

After lapse of a period of six months, you held a Cabinet meeting at Puri on 26.12.2017 that almost agreed with our demand and decided to provide for suitable punishment to whosoever employee and Department fail to impart service in Oriya Language. We objected to that in view of the fact that: (1) there was an attempt to reduce the scope of the Act by shrewd coinage of words like “extensive use”, (2) Departments being run with people’s money, the contemplated punishment to ‘Department’ would lead to punishing the people for offences of the employees. And, the Black-Flag Campaign continued.

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, as 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 non-use 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 official purpose in the State. No amendment can kill the basic purpose of the Act, as this particular amendment has been worded to do. 

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.

On behalf of Bhasha Andolan, which has been spearheading the movement for inviolable implementation of the Act, I had brought these defects to the notice of the Governor with a request for returning the Bill for reconsideration of the Assembly to make the Law flawless. But, the anti-Oriya mentality of the bureaucracy is such that, the said memorandum was not put up properly before the Governor.

With these words, Sir, I request you on behalf of Bhasha Andolan and the people of Orissa, to please review the entire matter and take suitable and exemplary action against the Secretary concerned, who has rendered the Chief Minister of the State so absolutely inconsequential in matter of amendment of the Act as per Resolution of the Cabinet on 14.3.2018;

And, to please ensure that the Amendment, 2018 is put afresh before the Assembly in its coming session for amendment thereon or for fresh amendment of the Act to do away with the defects enumerated and detailed supra.

With this hope and deep regards,

Yours,

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak,

Chairman,

Bhasha Andolan, Orissa.

28.6.2018

Bhubaneswar.

NO to Utkal, YES to Orissa. Why?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa’s State Anthem is not yet created, despite the State Legislature having resolved in favor of the song captioned ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ several years ago. This song is inherently defective and needs a law to enforce it, which, in the changed political scenario in Orissa, may not be possible. In my discussion in Oriya language, I have suggested why a new Anthem carrying the name Orissa, instead of Utkal, should be created. Here is the same, already published online.

ଉତ୍କଳ ନୁହେଁ, ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତିର ପ୍ରାଥମିକତା ହିଁ

ଓଡ଼ିଶା

ସୁଭାଷ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ

ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶର ଚାରି ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅଙ୍ଗ ହେଲେ ଉତ୍କଳ, ତୋଷଳ, କଳିଙ୍ଗ, ଓ କୋଶଳ । “ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ” ଗୀତର କବି ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ର ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଖଣ୍ଡର ବାସିନ୍ଦା । ତେଣୁ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ନ ଲେଖି ସାବଲୀଳ ଓ ସ୍ଵାଭାବିକ ଶୈଳୀରେ ସେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଶବ୍ଦଟିକୁ ତାଙ୍କ କବିତାରେ ବ୍ୟବହାର କରିଥିଲେ । ଏହା ଆଞ୍ଚଳିକବାଦର ଥିଲା ଏକ ସୁକ୍ଷ୍ମ ସ୍ଵାକ୍ଷର ।

ଏପରି ଆଞ୍ଚଳିକବାଦ ଅନେକଙ୍କ ଜୀବନରେ ଥାଏ । ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଗଞ୍ଜାମଜନ୍ମିତ ବିଜୁବାବୁ ତାଙ୍କ ଶିଳ୍ପବେପାର ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାନଗୁଡିକୁ ତଥା ପୁରସ୍କାର ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପକୁ କଳିଙ୍ଗ ନାମରେ ନାମିତ କରିଥିବା ବେଳେ ତୋଷଳ ଓ କୋଶଳ ଅଂଚଳରେ ସେହି ସେହି ନାମରେ ନାମିତ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରକଳ୍ପ ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଗୋଚର ହୁଏ । ତେଣୁ ଏହି ନାମଗୁଡ଼ିକ ଆଞ୍ଚଳିକ ବୈଶିଷ୍ଟ୍ୟର ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞାପକ ହୋଇଥିବାବେଳେ ଏବଂ ବେଳେବେଳେ ସେଗୁଡିକର ନାମୋଚ୍ଚାରଣରେ ଅଧିକ ପୁଲକିତ ହେଊଥିବା ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିମାନେ ଆଞ୍ଚଳିକବାଦର ଅନୁବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ହେଉଥିବାବେଳେ, ଏହି ଚାରି ନାମଚେତନାକୁ ହୃଦୟରେ ସାଇତି ରଖି ସମଗ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତିର ମାତୃଭୂମି ଭାବେ ପରିଚିତ ହୋଇଥିବା ଭୂଖଣ୍ଡର ନାମ ହେଉଛି ଓଡ଼ିଶା ।

ଓଡ଼ିଶା ହେଉଛି ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଜାତିର ଐକ୍ୟର ରୂପକଳ୍ପ , ଅଂଶବିଶେଷର ନୁହେଁ ।

ଭାଷା ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନର କଳାପତାକା ଅଭିଯାନ ଏକ ନୂତନ ସର୍ବବ୍ୟାପି ଜାତୀୟଅସ୍ମିତାର ସୁଖଦ ସ୍ପର୍ଶ ଦେଇ ସାରା ଓଡ଼ିଶାକୁ ଦୀର୍ଘ ନିଦ୍ରାରୁ ଜାଗ୍ରତ କରାଇଲାପରେ କେହି କେହି ଭାଷାପ୍ରେମୀ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ଲେଖି ରାଜ୍ୟ-ସଂଗୀତ ପ୍ରବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ହେଉ ବୋଲି ମତଦେବା ଆରମ୍ଭ କରିଛନ୍ତି ।ଏହା ଏକ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସ୍ଵାଗତଯୋଗ୍ୟ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ।

ମାତ୍ର ଏହି ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବକୁ ସର୍ବାନ୍ତଃକରଣରେ ଗ୍ରହଣ କରିବା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ କେତେକ ବ୍ୟକ୍ତି ବିଭାଜନବାଦୀମାନେ ହିଁ ଏପରି ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଦେଉଥିବା କହୁଛନ୍ତି ଓ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସୃଷ୍ଟିତତ୍ତ୍ବ ନ ଜାଣିଥିବା ବ୍ୟକ୍ତିମାନେ ହିଁ ଏହି ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବକୁ ବେଶୀ ବିରୋଧ କରୁଥିବା ଦେଖାଯାଉଛି । ତେଣୁ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଇତିହାସ ଉପରେ ସାମାନ୍ୟ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି ଦେବା ।

ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଇତିହାସ

ଏହି ଇତିହାସ ସ୍ପଷ୍ଟ କରେ ଯେ, ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ସୃଷ୍ଟିପାଇଁ କେବେ କୌଣସି ଦାବି ହୋଇନଥିଲା । ଦାବି ହୋଇଥିଲା ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ସୃଷ୍ଟିପାଇଁ । ପ୍ରଦେଶଟି ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଭାବେ ଗଠିତ ହୋଇନଥିଲା । ଗଠିତ ହୋଇଥିଲା ‘ଓଡିଶା’ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଭାବେ । ୧୮୭୦ରେ ଦୀନବନ୍ଧୁ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକଙ୍କ ନେତୃତ୍ବରେ ପାରିତ ‘ଘୁମୁସର ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ’ ପ୍ରଭାବରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାଭାଷୀ ଭୂଖଣ୍ଡର ଏକୀକରଣ ପାଇଁ କୁଳଗୌରବ ମଧୁସୂଦନଙ୍କ ନେତୃତ୍ବରେ ଉତ୍କଳ ସମ୍ମିଳନୀ ଯେଉଁ ଆନ୍ଦୋଳନ କରିଥିଲା, ତାହା ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ପାଇଁ ନୁହେଁ , ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ସୃଷ୍ଟିପାଇଁ ଚାଲିଥିଲା ।

‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ହେଲେ ତାର ସୀମା କଣ ହେବ, ପ୍ରଶାସନିକ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ତା କଣ ହେବ ଓ ତାର ଆର୍ଥିକ ପରିଚାଳନା କିପରି ହେବ ତାହା ସ୍ଥିର କରିବାପାଇଁ ବ୍ରିଟିଶ ସରକାର ଏହା କମିଟି ଗଠନ କରିଥିଲେ, ଯାହାର ନାମ ଥିଲା ‘ଓଡିଶା ବାଉଣ୍ଡରୀ କମିଶନ” (ଭାରତ ଶାସନର ସଂକଳ୍ପ, ୧୮. ୯. ୧୯୩୧), ଯହିଁରେ ଭାରତର ପୂର୍ବତନ ସ୍ବରାଷ୍ଟ୍ର ସଚିବ ସାମୁଏଲ ଓ’ଡୋନ୍ନେଲ ଅଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷ ଥିବା ହେତୁ ତାକୁ ଓ’ଡୋନ୍ନେଲ କମିଟି ଓ ସଂକ୍ଷେପରେ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା କମିଟି’ ବୋଲି କୁହା ହେଉଥିଲା । ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରିବାର କଥା, ଏହି କମିଟି ନିଯୁକ୍ତିର ଉଦ୍ଦେଶ୍ୟରେ ଓ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟନିର୍ବାହରେ କେବଳ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ଥିଲା, ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ନ ଥିଲା । ତେଣୁ ଓଡ଼ିଆମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଙ୍କ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ର ମାତୃଭୂମି ଦେବାପାଇଁ ଯେଉଁ ପ୍ରଶାସନିକ ପଦକ୍ଷେପ ନିଆହୋଇଥିଲା ତାହା ଥିଲା ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ପାଇଁ, ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ପାଇଁ ନୁହେଁ । ଉଲ୍ଲେଖନୀୟ ଯେ, ଏହି କମିଟି ବିରୁଦ୍ଧରେ ସ୍ଵର ଉଠିଥିଲା ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଅଂଚଳରୁ । ‘ଉତ୍କଳ କେଶରୀ’ ହରେକୃଷ୍ଣ ମହତାବ ଏହାକୁ କିପରି ବିରୋଧ କରୁଥିଲେ ତାହା ତାଙ୍କରି କାଗଜ ‘ପ୍ରଜାତନ୍ତ୍ର’ରେ ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଇଥିଲା ୧୯୩୧ ନଭେମ୍ବର ୨୩ ତାରିଖରେ ।ଏକଦା ଗାନ୍ଧିଜୀଙ୍କ ନିକଟତମ ହୋଇପାରିଥିବା ସେତେବେଳର ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ କଂଗ୍ରେସ ନେତା ନିରଞ୍ଜନ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ୨୧.୩.୧୯୩୩ ତାରିଖରେ କଂଗ୍ରେସ ବିରୁଦ୍ଧରେ ତୀବ୍ର ଅଭିଯୋଗ ଆଣି ଏହି ଦଳ କିପରି ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଭୌଗୋଳିକ ସମିଶ୍ରଣକୁ ଭଣ୍ଡୁର କରିବାକୁ ଚେଷ୍ଟା କରୁଥିଲା ତାହା ଦର୍ଶାଇ ଥିଲେ ( ଆଶା , ୨୫.୩.୧୯୩୩ ) । ସେ ମହତାବଙ୍କ ନାମ ନ ନେଇଥିଲେ ମଧ୍ୟ , ଗୋପବଂଧୁଙ୍କ ତିରୋଧାନ ପରେ ସେ ଯେହେତୁ ଥିଲେ କଂଗ୍ରେସର ବାସ୍ତବ ନିୟନ୍ତା, ସେହେତୁ ଏହା ଅକ୍ଲେଶ ଅନୁମେୟ ଯେ, ନିରଞ୍ଜନ ନାମ ନେଇନଥିବା ଖଳନାୟକ ଥିଲେ ମହତାବ । ଏହି ମହତାବ ପ୍ରଧାନମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ ଥାଇ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାକୁ ସରକାରୀ ଭାଷା କରିବାକୁ ବିଧାନସଭାରେ ଆଗତ ପ୍ରଥମ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବକୁ ଭୟଙ୍କର ବିରୋଧ କରାଯାଇ ତାହାକୁ ପ୍ରତ୍ୟାହାର କରିବା ପାଇଁ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବକ , ସମ୍ବଲପୁରବାସୀ ପଣ୍ଡିତ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀନାରାୟଣ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କୁ ବାଧ୍ୟ କରିଯାଇଥିଲା (ବିଧାନସଭା ବିବରଣୀ , ୧.୧.୧୯୪୮) ।

ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସୃଷ୍ଟି ପୂର୍ବରୁ ବି ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସରକାର’

ଅପରପକ୍ଷେ ବିହାର ସହ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ମିଶି “ବିହାର-ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସରକାର” ଚାଲିଥିଲା , ଯାହାର କୌଣସି ଫର୍ଦ୍ଦରେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ନଥିଲା । ଏହି “ବିହାର-ଓଡ଼ିଶା” ବିଧାନ ପରିଷଦରେ ୨.୯.୧୯୩୨ରେ ସ୍ଵତନ୍ତ୍ର ‘ଓ଼ଡ଼ିଶା’ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଗଠନ ପାଇଁ ତୁରନ୍ତ ପଦକ୍ଷେପ ନେବାକୁ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀଧର ମହାନ୍ତି ଏକ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଆଗତ କରିଥିଲେ (ବିହାର ଏବଂ ଓଡିଶା ବିଧାନ ପରିଷଦ ବିବରଣୀ , ଖଣ୍ଡ-୧, ଭାଗ-୨୫, ସଂଖ୍ୟା -୫, ପୃ.- ୩୦୭) । ଏହି ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବରେ କେଉଁଠିହେଲେ ସେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ନାମ ନେଇନଥିଲେ।

ଭାରତ ଦାୟିତ୍ଵରେ ଥିବା ସ୍ଵରାଷ୍ଟ୍ର ସଚିବ ସାର୍ ସାମୁଏଲ ହୋରେ ସ୍ଵତନ୍ତ୍ର ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ’ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ପାଇଁ ୨୪.୧୨.୧୯୩୨ତାରିଖରେ ଲଣ୍ଡନରେ ଘୋଷଣା କରିଥିଲେ , ଯହିଁ ଉପରେ ବିଚାରବିମର୍ଶ ପାଇଁ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ନେତାମାନେ ଭୁବନାନନ୍ଦ ଦାସଙ୍କ ଅଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷତାରେ ଏକାଠି ହୋଇଥିଲେ ୨.୨.୧୯୩୩ରେ । ହୋରେଙ୍କ ବିବୃତ୍ତିରେ ବା ଓଡିଶା ନେତାମାନଙ୍କ ଏହି ବୈଠକରେ ଯେଉଁ ଭୂଖଣ୍ଡର ନାମ ଆଲୋଚିତ ହୋଇଥିଲା ତାହା ଥିଲା କେବଳ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ , ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ନୁହେଁ ।

‘ତୃତୀୟ ଗୋଲ ଟେବୁଲ ବୈଠକ’ରେ ଯେଉଁ ଶ୍ୱେତପତ୍ର ଉପସ୍ଥାପିତ ହୋଇଥିଲା, ତାହା ଏକ ସ୍ଵତନ୍ତ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଭାବେ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ସୃଷ୍ଟିର ଉଦ୍ଘୋଷଣ କରିଥିଲା ଓ ତାର ସୀମା ସରହଦ ବି ଘୋଷଣା କରିଥିଲା (ଭାରତ ସରକାରଙ୍କ ପ୍ରେସ ନୋଟ ୧୮.୩.୧୯୩୩) । ଏଥିରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାଭାଷୀ ଅଂଚଳମାନଙ୍କରୁ ବହୁ ଗୁରୁତ୍ଵପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ସ୍ଥାନ ବାଦ ପଡ଼ିଯାଇଥିବାରୁ ଆମ ତତ୍କାଳୀନ ନେତୃତ୍ଵ ତହିଁର ତୀବ୍ର ପ୍ରତିବାଦ କରିଥିଲେ । କିନ୍ତୁ ଯାହା ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟଣୀୟ ତାହା ହେଲା, ଏହି ସମଗ୍ର କାରବାରରେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ କେଉଁଠି ବି ନଥିଲା , ଥିଲା କେବଳ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’।

କନିକା ରାଜା ରାଜେନ୍ଦ୍ର ନାରାୟଣ ଭଞ୍ଜ ଦେଓ ୨୨.୩.୧୯୩୩ ତାରିଖରେ ଶ୍ଵେତପତ୍ର ଉପରେ ଆଲୋଚନା ପାଇଁ ‘ବିହାର-ଓଡ଼ିଶା ବିଧାନ ପରିଷଦ’ରେ ଯେତେବେଳେ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଆଗତ କଲେ , ରାଏ ବହାଦୁର ଲୋକନାଥ ମିଶ୍ର ତହିଁରେ ଏକ ସଂଶୋଧନ ଆଗତ କରିଥିଲେ, ଯହିଁରେ କୁହା ହୋଇଥିଲା, ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବ ଶେଷରେ ଯୋଡ଼ାହେଉ: “and that having considered it, this Council is of opinion that the boundary demarcated for the new Province is highly disappointing in as much as it does not include even the areas unanimously recommended by the Orissa Boundary Committee and also excludes the Parlakimedi estate proposed by the majority of the said Committee” (ବିହାର ଏବଂ ଓଡିଶା ବିଧାନ ପରିଷଦ ବିବରଣୀ, ଖଣ୍ଡ ୩୬, ସଂଖ୍ୟା -୨୪, ପୃ -୧୫୨୯) । ଏଠି ବି ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଶବ୍ଦ ନଥିଲା , ଥିଲା କେବଳ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ।

ଏହି ବିତର୍କରେ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ର ସୀମା ସମ୍ପର୍କରେ ସରକାର ପୁନର୍ବିଚାର କରନ୍ତୁ ବୋଲି ବିଧାୟକୀୟ ଅଭିମତ ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଇଥିବାବେଳେ, ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା କମିଟି’ର ସଦସ୍ୟ ଥିବା ଶ୍ରୀ ସଚ୍ଚିଦାନନ୍ଦ ସିହ୍ନା ଏହି ସୀମା ସଂକୋଚନ ବିରୁଦ୍ଧରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆମାନେ ନିଶ୍ଚୟ ପ୍ରତିବାଦ କରିବା ଉଚିତ ବୋଲି ମତ ଦେଇଥିଲେ (A selection from the speeches and writings of Sachchidananda Sinha, (Patna, 1942), pp.165-165) ଏବଂ ଅନ୍ୟତମ ସଦସ୍ୟ ଶ୍ରୀ ଟି .ଆର ଫୁକୁନ ମଧ୍ୟ ତାଦ୍ଦୃଶ ମତ ରଖିଥିଲେ (ଆଶା , ୨୭.୩.୧୯୩୩) ।

ଶ୍ଵେତପତ୍ର ଉପରେ ବିଚାର କରି, ଏ ସବୁକୁ ବିଚାରକୁ ନେଇ , ଜଏଣ୍ଟ ପାର୍ଲିଆମେଣ୍ଟାରୀ କମିଟି ବାଦ ପଡ଼ିଯାଇଥିବା ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସଂଲଗ୍ନ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାଭାଷୀ ଅଞ୍ଚଳଗୁଡ଼ିକୁ ଗଢ଼ା ହେବାକୁ ଥିବା ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ’ରେ ମିଶାଇଦେବାକୁ ସୁପାରିଶ କଲେ ଓ ୧୯୩୪ ନଭେମ୍ବର ୨୨ରେ ଏହି ଜଏଣ୍ଟ କମିଟିର ଅଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷ ଲିନ୍ଲିଥଗୋ ଯେତେବେଳେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାଭାଷୀଙ୍କ ଦାବିର ସଫଳତା ଘୋଷଣା କଲେ , ସେ କହିଥିଲେ, “A separate Province of ‘Orissa’ would, however, be perhaps the most homogeneous Province in the whole of British India, both racially and linguistically”, ଯହିଁରେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଶବ୍ଦର ନାମଗନ୍ଧ ନ ଥିଲା, ଥିଲା ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ।

ଏହି କମିଟିର ସୁପାରିସ ଅନୁସାରେ ସାନ୍ଧ୍ରତାସମ୍ପନ୍ନ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାଭାଷୀ ଅଂଚଳର ଏକତ୍ରୀକରଣ ବଳରେ ନୂଆ ପ୍ରଦେଶ ସୃଷ୍ଟିପାଇଁ ବ୍ରିଟିଶ ପାର୍ଲିଆମେଣ୍ଟରେ ଅନୁମୋଦନ ପାଇଁ ଯେଉଁ ଚିଠା ଆଦେଶ ଉପସ୍ଥାପିତ ହେଲା ତାହାର ନାମ ଥିଲା “The Government of India (Constitution of Orissa) Order, 1936” ଏବଂ ଏହିପରି ଭାବେ, ୧୮୭୦ ସେପ୍ଟେମ୍ବର ୧୧ ତାରିଖରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷାଭାଷୀ ଭୂଖଣ୍ଡକୁ ଏକତ୍ର କରି ଏକ ଶାସନାଧୀନ କରିବାକୁ ଗଞ୍ଜାମର ଘୁମୁସରରୁ ଆରମ୍ଭ ହୋଇଥିବା ଅଭିଯାନ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଷା ଜାତୀୟତାର ପାବନପୀଠ ସମ୍ବଲପୁରରେ ସଶକ୍ତିକୃତ ହୋଇ ବ୍ରିଟିଶ ପାର୍ଲିଆମେଣ୍ଟରେ ସଫଳତା ଅର୍ଜନ କରିଥିଲା ୧୯୩୬ ଜାନୁଆରୀ ପହିଲାରେ । ତାର ୧୩ ବର୍ଷ ପରେ ୧୯୪୮ଜାନୁଆରୀ ପହିଲାରେ ଗଡ଼ଜାତ ମିଶ୍ରଣ ସମାପ୍ତ ହେବା ପରେ ଆମ ମାତୃଭୂମି ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ତାର ଶେଷ ଭୌଗୋଳିକ ରୂପ ପାଇଛି ।

ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଏହି ଜନ୍ମ ବୃତ୍ତାନ୍ତରେ କେଉଁଠି ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଆସିନାହିଁ ଭୌମିକ ଚିତ୍ରରେ , ଭାଷାଭିତ୍ତିକ ରାଜ୍ୟଗଠନ ପ୍ରସ୍ତାବରେ , ପ୍ରଶାସନିକ କର୍ମସରଣୀରେ , ସୀମା ନିରୂପଣ କମିଟିରେ, ପାର୍ଲିଆମେଣ୍ଟାରୀ ବିବରଣୀରେ ଓ ସ୍ଵତନ୍ତ୍ର ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ’ ଗଠନ ସମ୍ପର୍କୀୟ କୌଣସି ଆଇନରେ ବା ଆଦେଶରେ ।

ଆମ ପ୍ରଦେଶର ନାମ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ’ , ଆମ ଶାସନର ନାମ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଶାସନ’ , ଆମ ବିଧାନସଭାର ନାମ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ବିଧାନସଭା’ , ଆମ ହାଇକୋର୍ଟର ନାମ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ହାଇକୋର୍ଟ , ଆମ ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀଙ୍କ ପଦବୀ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ମୁଖ୍ୟମନ୍ତ୍ରୀ’ , ଆମ ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳଙ୍କ ପଦଵୀ ହେଲା ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ’ । ସୁତରାଂ ଆମ ରାଜ୍ୟର ପ୍ରଶାସନିକ ବନ୍ଦନାରେ ‘ଓଡିଶା ବନ୍ଦନା’ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ ବନ୍ଦନା’ ହେବ ବା କାହିଁକି ? ରାଜ୍ୟ ବନ୍ଦନାରେ ‘ଓଡ଼ିଶା’ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଆଦୌ ସମୀଚିନ ନୁହେଁ । ଉତ୍କଳକୁ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପ୍ରତିଶବ୍ଦ ବୋଲି କେହି କେହି ଯୁକ୍ତି କରୁଛନ୍ତି । ଅଂଶବିଶେଷ ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣାବୟବର ପ୍ରତିଶବ୍ଦ କିପରି ହେବ ? ଯଦି ବି କେବଳ ଯୁକ୍ତିପାଇଁ ଏହି ଯୁକ୍ତି ଗ୍ରହଣ କରାଯାଏ, ତେବେ ମୂଳ ଶବ୍ଦ କବ୍ୟବହାର ନ କରି ପ୍ରତିଶବ୍ଦ ବ୍ୟବହାର କରାଯିବ କାହିଁକି ? ତେଣୁ ଆମ ରାଜ୍ୟ-ସଙ୍ଗୀତର ନାମ ଉତ୍କଳକୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ ନୁହେଁ, ସମ୍ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣତଃ ଓଡିଶାକୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ ହେବା ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ।

ଓଡ଼ିଶାକୁ ନେଇ ନୂଆ ଗାନ ହେଉ

କାନ୍ତକବିଙ୍କ ଲିଖିତ ‘ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ’ ଗୀତଟି ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ରାଜ୍ୟ-ସଂଗୀତ ଭାବେ ଏଯାଏଁ ଆଇନସିଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇନାହିଁ , ଯଦିଓ ଓଡିଶା ବିଧାନସଭା ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଏକମତ ହୋଇଥିବାର ବହୁବର୍ଷ ବିତିଗଲାଣି । ଏହାକୁ ରାଜ୍ୟ-ସଂଗୀତ ଭାବେ ପ୍ରବର୍ତ୍ତୀତ କରିବାକୁ ହେଲେ ଏକ ବିଧେୟକ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ବିଧାନସଭାରେ ଆଗତ କରିବାକୁ ହେବ ଓ ତାହା ଯେ ନିଶ୍ଚୟ ସର୍ବସମ୍ମତିରେ ଗୃହୀତ ହେବ ତାହା କହିହେବନାହିଁ । କାରଣ , କୋଶଳ ଅଂଚଳ ପରି ଏକ ଗୁରୁତ୍ଵପୂର୍ଣ ଅଂଚଳରେ ‘ଉତ୍କଳ’ ଶବ୍ଦକୁ ଏବେ ପ୍ରବଳ ବିରୋଧକରାଯାଉଛି ଓ ଏହାକୁ ଏକ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦିଷ୍ଟ ଅଂଚଳର ସାମ୍ରାଜ୍ୟବାଦୀ ବିସ୍ତରଣ ବୋଲି ଅଭିଯୋଗ ହେଉଛି ଓ ଉପରୋକ୍ତ ଆଲୋଚନା ଦୃଷ୍ଟିରୁ ଏ ଅଭିଯୋଗ ବି ଯଥାର୍ଥ ମନେହେଉଛି । ବିଧାନସଭାରେ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ର ଆଇନ ପ୍ରଣୟନ ବ୍ୟତୀତ ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ ଗୀତକୁ ସାରା ଓଡିଶା ଉପରେ ଲଦିଦିଆଯାଇ ପାରିବନି ଏବଂ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ସ୍ଥିତି ଯାହା, ଏପରି ଯଦି ଏକ ଆଇନ ଆଗତ ହୁଏ, ସମଗ୍ର ବିଧାନସଭା ତାକୁ ସମର୍ଥନ କରିବ ନାହିଁ । ବହୁମତରେ ଏକୁ ଯଦି ଆଇନ କରାଯାଏ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପାଇଁ ତାହା ଆତ୍ମଘାତୀ ହେବ ।

ସୁତରାଂ, ଏପରି ଉଦ୍ୟମ ନ ହେଉ । ଯଦି ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଏକ ରାଜ୍ୟ-ସଂଗୀତ ନିଶ୍ଚୟ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ, ତେବେ ଓଡିଶା-କୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ ଏକ ସଂକ୍ଷିପ୍ତ ସଂଗୀତ ନୂଆକରି ରଚିତ ହେବା ଆବଶ୍ୟକ । ଓଡ଼ିଶାରେ ସରସ୍ଵତୀ ସମ୍ମାନ , ଜ୍ଞାନପୀଠ ପୁରସ୍କାର , ସାହିତ୍ୟ ଏକାଡ଼େମୀ ପୁରସ୍କାର ପ୍ରାପ୍ତ ବହୁ କବି ଏବଂ ଜାତୀୟ ଓ ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ଖ୍ୟାତିସମ୍ପନ୍ନ ବହୁ ସଙ୍ଗୀତଜ୍ଞ ଅଛନ୍ତି । ସେମାନଙ୍କ ଭିତରୁ ସଭ୍ୟ ଚୟନ କରି ଓଡିଶା ସରକାର ରାଜ୍ୟ-ସଂଗୀତ ପ୍ରଣୟନ ପାଇଁ ଏକ କମିଟି ଗଠନ କରନ୍ତୁ ଓ ମାଆ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ବନ୍ଦନାରେ ସେହି ସଂଗୀତ ସମ୍ପୁର୍ଣ୍ଣ ରାଷ୍ଟ୍ରୀୟ ମର୍ଯ୍ୟାଦା ସହ ଜାତୀୟ ସଂଗୀତ ସମ ସସମ୍ମାନେ ଗାନ କରାଯାଉ । ସେ ପର୍ଯ୍ୟନ୍ତ ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ ସଂଗୀତକୁ ସାରା ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଉପରେ ଲଦିବା ବନ୍ଦ ହେବା ଉଚିତ ।

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Raja : the Pristine Communistic Festival of Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Raja is Orissa’s pristine communistic festival, wherein all artificial caste divides vanish in the effervescence of nubile girls of all castes that wipes out every iota of the spread of social inequality, when the farming community, comprising all castes and status in social strata, reorients itself with the perception that all of them are children of the same mother, i.e. Mother Earth. No wonder, Raja is Orissa’s festival of universal brotherhood addressed to Mother-right in its splendid entirety.

Orissa, the motherland of Buddha, son of Suddodan literally meaning inventor of high quality paddy, is the only land that had rejected Brahmavad (Cult of Veda projecting Brahma as creator) with promulgation of its own philosophy of Maithunavad (Cult of coition establishing Mother as creator).The two all-time best Buddist epoch-makers of Orissa, given by Uddiyan, the modern Sambalpur region,Indrabhuti, the Chief of Sambalaka, created Vajrayan and his sister Laxminkara, queen of Suvarnapur (Sonepur)created Sahajayan that together formulated the Cult of Coition, which eventually metamorphosed to Cult of Jagannath. So, Jagannath is so much the epitome of mother-right in the citadel of who agro-magic manages the affairs.

When a nubile Oriya girl for the first time menstruates, she takes a ceremonial bath with fanfares and retires to total rest in a secluded room and on completion of the period, takes a fresh bath on the soil and then with appropriate attractive makeup dazzles as suitable for suitors. In tribal heritage, she prefers the suitor that succeeds in dragging her to his chest. This exactly happens to Jagannath, the epitome of Mother Right from Bath Festival (Snana Yatra) to Car Festival (Ratha Yatra). This happens also to the Mother Earth. In Oriya vocabulary, Raja is menstruation. In the period of menstruation, as Oriya girls (and women) take total rest, even coition quashed as a conjugal right of the husband during the period, Jagannath the epitome of Mother-Right rests in Anasara Ghar (room for rest); the Mother Earth also takes rest till Basumati-Snana (Bath on the soil).

Scriptural injunctions in vogue in Orissa emphatically say,

ବୃଷାନ୍ତେ ମୈଥୁନସ୍ୟାଦୌ  ତଦ୍ଦ୍ବିତୀୟେ ଦିନତ୍ରୟଂ

ରଜସ୍ଵଳା ସ୍ୟାତ୍ ପୃଥିବୀ କୃଷିକର୍ମ ବିଗର୍ହିତମ୍  ।

ହଳାନାଂ ବାହନଂ ଚୈବ ବିଜାନାଂ ବପନଂ ତଥା

ତାବଦେନ  ନ କୁର୍ବୀତ  ଯାବତ୍ ପୃଥ୍ବୀ ରଜସ୍ଵଳା ।

ପୃଥ୍ବୀ ରଜସ୍ଵଳା ଯାବତ୍ ଖନନଂ ଛେଦନଂ ତ୍ୟଜେତ୍

ଅନ୍ୟ କର୍ମାଣି କୁର୍ବୀତ ପୈତ୍ରଂ  ଦୈଵଂ ନମାନୁଷମ୍ ।

This Orissan practice is reflected in the Report of Census of India, 1911, in the following term: “Earth prepares herself for being fertilised by menstruating . During that time, there is an entire cessation from all ploughing, sowing and other farm works.” (Vol I, p.189).

In celebrating this peculiar festival, people of Orissa make the earth equal to their mothers. From this, comes the concept of equality, as to the mother, all her children are the same and entitled to all her wealth. This concept has given birth to the Cult of Jagannath, which is entirely Orissan.

Hence Raja is absolutely Orissan and is linked to its pristine communistic perception.

It is sad that, non-Oriyas and a section of anglicized Oriyas are writing this unique Oriya festival Raja as Rajo or Razo. Conscious Oriyas ,in order to keep its Oriya origin undiluted, even though they are not aware of the philosophical background of Raja, have started objecting to wrongful non-Oriya spelling of the peculiar Oriya word Raja, as the following video would showt:

Orissa Governor hopeful of UUC working for Cultural Renaissance

With Pictorial input from Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak

Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Governor Dr. S.C.Jamir expressed hope that in times to come the University would play a crucial role in bringing about cultural renaissance in Orissa. He was the Chief Guest in the 17th Foundation Day celebrations on Monday.

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Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Culture department of Orissa Manoranjan Panigrahy lauded the faculty members of the University for having carries forward the objectives of the University “in spite of numerous handicaps”. The University running in a temporary campus would soon be shifted to its permanent building and be entitled to UGC grants, he disclosed.

Ranjit Kumar Mohanty, Director of Culture wanted the teachers and the students to work unitedly for the University when Vice-Chancellor Prof. Debendranath Jena drew attention of the authorities to the problems of the University seeking early solutions, while impressing upon the fact that, the University has come a long way in terms of academic achievement “despite problems and hurdles”.

Dr. Suman Das, Registrar, presented the annual report and highlighted the activities undertaken throughout the year.

The University’s annual newsletter ‘Sanskruti’ was released by the Governor, when the Lady Governor distributed the awards and prizes.

To mark the occasion, students of Odissi and Visual Arts Departments had offered excellent entertainment and  an Art Exhibition respectively.

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Subhas Pattanayak’s NABAKALEBARA: LEGENDS AND REALITY would help the world understand Sri Jagannath, says Soumya Ranjan Patnaik

 

Pictorial input: Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak

Journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak’s two historic books – (1) Orissa Pradesh Srustire Ganamadhyam and (2) Nabakalebara: Legends and Reality – were released in the evening of December 29 in the jampacked auditorium of Red Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar by eminent author Dash Benhur.

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Addressing the event chaired by Prof. Jayant Kumar Biswal, editor of Orissa’s largest circulated daily ‘The Sambad’ and Chief Guest of the event, Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said that, had the book – Nabakalebara: Legends and reality been published at the time of Nabakalebara, it could have become best-seller. Yet, written in English, it is well set to help the world understand SriJagannatha in the perspective of history and social evolution. It is a speaking endeavor to bring out the reality from beneath the heaps of legends; and hence, as much a book of reference, it opens gateway to in-depth research on the topic, he said.

Discussing the book, Chief Speaker Prof. Biswaranjan strongly endorsed Sri Pattanayak’s deeply researched determination that Sri Jagannatha is a deity of agro-magic, originally conceived as the torso of a mother in consonance with Bouddha Tantra, which the practitioners of Brahmanya Dharma have changed into a male deity Vishnu of Hindu pantheon to wipe out the Buddhist tenets in Cult of Jagannatha. Sri Pattanayak’s work is of utmost relevance to study of Jagannath in proper perspective, he said, citing profusely from the book and comparing the same with observations of various scholars.

Famous orator and editor of Subartta, Pradyumna Satpathy gave a scholarly analysis on Pattanayak’s other book – Orissa Pradesh Srustire Ganamadhyama (Role of Mass media in creation of Orissa). Contextualizing the book with the ongoing movement for governance of Orissa in Oriya, he strongly stressed upon use of this book as a backgrounder to the current language movement.

Both the books were offered respectively to Surjyaprava editor and author Rabi Kanungo and to Columnist and thinker Tusarkanta Satpathy by the author Sri Pattanayak as a token of Lokarpana (presentation to public). In reply to the offering, both of them spoke of the relevance the books for Orissa.

Guest of Honor, eminent poet Dash Benhur held both the books as thought-provokingly relevant, when editor of the daily newspaper Sanchar Prasanta Patnaik lauded the focus the books have laid upon Orissa’s cultural excellence in advancing the zeal for governance of Orissa in Oriya and in projecting the unseen facets the cult of SriJagannatha.

In his Presidential address, Prof. Jayanta Kumar Biswal lauded the scholarly pursuit behind both the books and their value of reference.

Political Scientist Dr. Netaji Abhinandan (Ravenshaw University), quite close to the author as his son’s intimate friend, welcomed the guests, with Chief Executive of Shabdasparsha Pabitra Mohan Maharatha initiating the event. Major Dr. Kumudini Barai proposed the vote of thanks.

Leaders of Orissa Bhasa Sangram Samiti and language activists – poet Sankarshan Parida, poet Umakant Raut and Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty were felicitated by the Chief Guest Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on behalf of Shabdasparsha. Felicitations were also given to poet Gajanan Mishra and to Prof. Natabar Satpathy in absentia for their role in the language movement.

Poet Saroj Bal graced the event by reciting his poem on magnificence of Oriya language.