Narasinghpur: BJD Chief Minister notified on BJD hooliganism perpetrated through Police

Thousands of peace loving people of Narasinghpur, the Constituency of Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, have notified BJD Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on BJD hooliganism perpetrated through the Police as per the ruling party scheme to keep the public terrorized so that nobody would dare to raise any more voice against ongoing oppressions.

They have alleged, entirely innocent persons are entangled by the Police in a murder case, simply because, their  principled campaigns against liquor mafia was irritating the local BJD leadership.

True, a known face of BJD, Sushant Bhol by name, was shut down to death for yet not known reason by yet undetermined gun person on May 10. He was allegedly involved in many criminal cases, and quite controversial in the locality.

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The local inhabitants suspect that internecine rivalry in the BJD for ruling the roost is responsible for his death. But, the wife of the deceased, instigated by BJD local leadership, has raised allegations against two such persons who were disadvantageous to Minister Mishra whose close supporters were being affected by their social activism.
The two social activists are Jnanaranjan Nayak and Sushant Kumar Mohanty.

Sri. Nayak, a lawyer by profession, is the Secretary of Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Narasinghpur; and Sri Mohanty is the President of Mukti, a local organization social activists. Both of them have been leading the marginal farmers and agricultural labors against exploitation by big land owners. But, their leadership in Nishamukti Andolan (people’s movement for freeing Narasinghpur from intoxicants) is spectacular. The government liqueur shops established at Jilinda were working as masks of hooch trade. The duo has forced their closure by mass movement. This and much other mass action they were leading had been irritating the BJD in Narasinghpur. So, people say, the BJD leadership was in search of opportunity to teach them a lesion. And now, death of Bhol has given them that opportunity.

rally 2Condemning the false implication of Nayak and Mohanty, under whose selfless leadership they were able to enforce  closure of the liqueur hub at Jilinda, the women demonstrated before the Tahsil office in large numbers, demanding withdrawal of prosecution against the two and institution of prosecution against the police officer who has falsely implicated them.

lawyersWhen people of Narasinghpur have demonstrated against this ruling party mischief, leadership of Orissa Lawyers Association have condemned the wrongful conduct of the Police and demanded for action against the officer in charge of Narasinghpur P.S. in a press conference held at Bhubaneswar, on May 25.

(N.B. The pictures of demonstration are from Ajaya Panda of narasinghpur)

SUPERIOR LANGUAGE ORIYA LANGUISHES DUE TO INFERIOR LEADERSHIP

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

“The Oriya Language can boast of a rich vocabulary in which respect neither Bengali nor Hindi nor Telugu can vie with it. The richness of the vocabulary is the index by which the vastness of a vernacular can be gaused”. This well founded observation of Sir George Grier’son is available in Linguistic Survey of India, Vol. IV.

Sir Grierson had to take up a comparative study of these languages when Oriya, as a vernacular, was threatened by the other three, i.e. Bengali, Hindi and Telugu.

British administrators had to admit that Oriya race was the most formidable amongst all the peoples of India.

In fact, Orissa was the last of all provinces in India to be annexed by the British and the Oriyas were the first amongst all the Indians to revolt against that foreign power.

Overwhelmed by Oriyas in the first upsurge known to history as “Paik rebellion”, British officials had to notify their masters that “It is to be feared that the nature of the Country (Orissa) and disposition of its inhabitants will always present a formidable obstacle to the suppression of these disturbances either by military or police”- W.Forrester to Robert Ker at Para 18 of his Report dated 09 September 1818.

From the day they had put their dirty feet on the holy soil of Orissa, the British had earned such experience that their fear for Oriya disposition was ever in the rise. To overcome this fear, they had to divide Orissa in parts and to merge these parts in neighboring provinces of Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra (then in Madras), declaring the languages of those regions as official language for the people of Orissa after merger.

This crude conspiracy ruined Orissa. Our mother-tongue was shattered. Our existence as a race was threatened.

Administratively we were most disadvantaged as we were being compelled to write every communication to put forth any grievance in the language of the province in which we were merged. We were being compelled to adopt their language as our own. We were even being bound to accept our land records in their languages.

Taking advantage of our predicament, the Bengalis who were satisfying the British officers as ‘native servants’, not only grabbed our valuable lands, becoming landlords in different parts of Orissa by the grace of the British, started saying that Oriya was not an independent dialect. Encouraged by the Bengalis, the Hindi tongue of Bihar and M.P. as well as the Telugu tongue of Madras started playing their nefarious games against Oriya.

When thus our mother-tongue was threatened we awoke again. India saw the first, the finest and the most united awakening of the splendid segment of her children who from ancient days were known and respected not only for their original thinking and Buddhist outlook, but also for their unique contribution to culture and art captioned in the name ‘Utkala’ of the place they were dwelling in, in support of their language. There had never been as strong and specific a mass movement as that under the banner of ‘Utkala Sammilani’, which, as Gandhiji observed in Young India on 18 February 1920, “raised the large question of redistribution (of population and landmass) on linguistic basis”. We were the first in India to found our State on strength of our language.

But when the Lingua-Benga chauvinists were trying to convince their British masters that Oriya was not a separate language but was a branch of their’s, and their partners in Hindi and Telugu tongues had been conspiring to keep us subjugated, the bona fide arguments advanced by our leaders to show the unique ancientness of our mother-tongue had attracted eminent linguists to find out the truth.

Sir Grierson, as quoted supra from Linguistic Survey of India, after intensive study, in pursuit of this quest under such circumstances, had arrived at the conclusion that neither Bengali nor Hindi nor Telugu can vie with Oriya in richness of vocabulary. Oriya, in the opinion of the world famous linguist, is certainly vast and superior to Bengali, Hindi and Telugu as a vernacular.

Oriya’s superiority was factually so unquestionable that eminent Bengali linguist Dr. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee had to say, “Of these three speeches: Oriya, Bengali and Assamees, Oriya has preserved a great many archaic features in both grammar and pronouciation; and it may be said without travesty of linguistic truth that Oriya is the eldest of the three sisters, when we consider the archaic character of the language”-(I.H.Q. Vol.XXIII, 1947, p.337).

But our mother-tongue is again in danger. We have a Chief Minister who does not know Oriya. The sycophants of Biju Patnaik, a mafia of yesteryears, who was such a fraud that in spite of having grabbed political top post of Orissa many a times only by projecting himself as the sentinel of Oriya nationalism has not taught his mother-tongue to his sons, have made and maintained one of his sons, Naveen Patnaik as the Chief Minister. He is in power continuously for the second term. But during his tenure, the earlier importance given to Oriya in administration has declined and it has suffered the worst of ignominy.

Our beloved mother tongue, which, as admitted by eminent linguists quoted supra, is a classic language with so much archaic immensity and such vast vocabulary “in which respect neither Bengali nor Hindi nor Telugu can vie with it”, has been humiliated by a Lingua Benga Samir De, who, as Minister of Higher Education, had dared to drop Oriya from courses of study in degree colleges; and yet, Naveen has ignored our demands for dropping him from the Cabinet.

Because of Naveen’s nonchalance, geographical limits of Orissa bordering Bengali and Telugu speaking provinces have been rampantly encroached upon under official umbrage of those States even as a separatist movement has gained strength in the area bordering Chhatisgarh, carved out of M.P.

Now, he has posed a threat to Orissa Sahitya Academy by creating a new organization of letters styled as ‘Odia Bhasa Pratisthana’. When during the tenure of the incumbent Chief Minister the Sahitya Academy has lost its priority position, the vernacular schools in the State have been managed so menacingly badly that English medium schools have mushroomed as alternatives even in remote villages.

Oriya, our mother-tongue, though recognized as vast and superior in the context of Indian languages, is now languishing under inferior leadership. But in a democracy like that of ours, who can ensure that leadership shall not fall in inferior hands?

Where is the remedy? The Oriya race must have to cogitate this question and recognize the urgent necessity of freeing our State from the pernicious grip of persons who have not cared for Oriyanising themselves.