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:

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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.

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.

Mana of Orissa Resurrected at Gopalpur: Port Ready for Merchants of the World

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

IMG_4124The only All Weather Direct Berthing Port of Orissa owned and controlled by an Oriya of immense port-experience Sri Mahimanand Mishra – the Gopalpur Port – has resurrected itself as a storm-proof Port and is ready for the merchants of the world.

Two years ago, it was heavily damaged by the severe anabatic cyclone Phailin.

The damage was massive, as the storm had its landfall here. But, Neither Sri Mishra nor his dedicated team allowed themselves to be defeated. With all determination, they started the resurrection process with immediate effect. A visit to its site after the storm had inspired us to write that Phailin had failed to damage the guts of Gopalpur.

We are happy that our observation has come true and the direct berthing port is now ready for the ships.

NOTIFICATION - GPL

Information to share in matter of our Mother Tongue

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

ama bhasa ama rajabhasaDear friends, a team of Oriya Bhasa Sangram Samiti comprising Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty , Sri Pabitra Maharatha and me met the Joint Secretary of General Administration Sri G. Patra and DGM of OCAC Sri S. K. Tripathy in the Secretariat chamber of Sri Patra yesterday to ascertain if the website for public participation in governance of Orissa in Oriya is ready.

When Sri Patra is the desk officer in matter of our movement for governance of Orissa in Oriya, Sri Tripathy is building up the website meant to serve the mission of governance of Orissa in Oriya.

To our satisfaction, we found that OCAC has built up the prototype of the site styled ODISHA BHASA ADHINIYAMA.

The site is in Oriya and this being as per our demand; both the officers helped us inspecting it. We are convinced that the government is not backing out from the promise it has made to us for governance of Orissa in Oriya.
We are going to have our next informal meeting with the Ministerial committee chairman Sri Debi Prasad Mishra to finalize the contents of site and the agenda for the formal meeting. The Chief Minister may formally launch the website on the occasion of the said meeting, which, we propose to be an extended meeting participated by as many language activists as possible. Probably the date would be Nov. 7. In this site, shall be posted the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 along with the draft of the necessary amendment we have advanced along with the Rules. The Language Policy formulated by Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak shall also be posted in this site vis-à-vis all the government circulars for public information and views. The general public shall directly post their views on the proposed Policy and Rules.

I deem it proper to inform that unless the amendment of the Act as we have suggested and the Rules we have submitted are legally adopted, with vetting as our legislative wisdom would deem proper, governance of Orissa in Oriya may not be possible. So, friends, when the site would be launched, freely put your unbiased considered views in invoking the proper provision.

Dear friends, I am hopeful that our mission shall succeed. And for this success, all of you friends who have sacrificed so much for our mother tongue at the call of our Bhasa Sangrama Samiti will be the happiest persons, I know.
While reporting this, I would like to place here a few samples of saws and slogans my dearest friends in Bhasa Sangrama Samiti have posted in various stages of our movement, the contributions of which are immense in the cause of our mother tongue so far.

While saying thus, I would like to warn the Government that these creations of our language bards be studied by them with utmost importance; because, if the Government – dominated by people with anglicized mentality – succumbs to unseen pressure and backs out, these compositions should show them to what explosive limit our language activists shall go to establish the dignity and paramountcy of our mother tongue in our motherland.

Orissa’s opportunistic writers who benefit from the purses of Oriya readers; but never bother about governance of Orissa in Oriya as well as Orissa government should take note of this.
Now to the saws and slogans:

UKR - (Jaagare Odiaa Jaaga )aa

bhasa pai'n 47 Surendra Mohanty on Official LanguageOdia bhasara sankata ghadiBhasa pai'n 1bhasa pai'n 2bhasa pai'n 3bhasa pai'n 4bhasa pai'n 9bhasa pai'n 19bhasa pai'n 20bhasa pai'n 22Jaga re Jagabhasa pai'n 26bhasa pai'n 27bhasa pai'n 44bhasa pai'n 49bhasa pai'n 54bhasa pai'n 56bhasa pai'n 57bhasa pai'n 59bhasa pai'n 60bhasa pai'n 61bhasa pai'n 62Aroopa Garjanabhasa pai'n 63bhasa pai'n 64bhasa pai'n 65bhasa pai'n 66bhasa pai'n 67bhasa pai'n 68bhasa pai'n 75bhasa pai'n 76peomJaaga Odiabhasa pai'n 77bhasa pai'n 79bhasa pai'n 83bhasa pai'n 101bhasa pai'n 102bhasa pai'n 103Bhasa pai'n AikyaBhul KaharaOdia bhasara sankata ghadiOdia Sahitya DalaRajabhasa OdiaSabu Karidebu ChunaUthare Puta Uthabhasa pai'n 48Uthare Supta Jati (by Aroop)Chaliba Balama Mada

Sad news to share: Prof. Surangini Mishra passed away

surangini mishra2Prof. Surangini Mishra, retired from Orissa Education Service, passed away today at the age of 73. Her husband, noted writer, academic and editor Prof. Ganeswar Mishra had passed away around two and half months ago on 10th of August.

She served in eminent higher education institutes of Orissa, such as the BJB College, Rama Devi Women’s College of Bhubaneswar,Gangadhar Meher College of Sambalpur, Fakir Mohan Mahavidyalaya, Balasore and Bhadrak College as faculty in economics. She also taught Economics in Regional College of Education, Bhubaneswar.

She was educated in SCS College at Puri, Ravenshaw College at Cuttack, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and University of Kent, England.

She published several academic papers and an autobiography, Nija Katha.

She is survived by three sons and four daughters in law.

Her second son Siddhartha, a renowned sports journalist, had passed away on October 30, 2012.

Her youngest son Sandeep Mishra is editor-in-chief of News World Odisha.

In her demise, Orissa has lost an epitome of goodness.

Advance Congratulations to Language Activists: Governance of Orissa in Oriya is No More Distant

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

ama bhasa ama rajabhasaWe in Odia Bhasa Sangram Samiti (hereinafter Samiti)  are sure that governance of Orissa in Oriya is no more distant from reality. Our systematic movement is yielding results and the political government is determined to remove all obstacles from the way of governance of Orissa in Oriya. We have held many informal meetings with the Ministerial Committee on the subject and our last meeting in the chamber of Hon’ble Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, who heads the said Committee,  gives me every reason  to report that, Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also eager to see that Orissa is governed in Oriya.

We, from our side, have fully honored the resolutions adopted in the Joint Action Committee comprising our representatives and the Ministers representing the Chief Minister held on August 01, 2015 in the 2nd floor Conference Hall of the Secretariat. Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak was specifically requested to draft the “Language Policy” which he has done and submitted. Under resolution No.3, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has submitted draft of necessary amendment to the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 along with the draft of necessary Rules for driving the Act ahead. The State Government on its part has taken all steps for creation of a website on the subject wherein the above three drafts would be posted for the general public to suggest improvements, if any, they deem relevant to the purpose.The website will carry the original Act and all the official circulars in the matter so far for facilitating  formation of  public opinion and suggestions.

The Hon’ble CM will launch this historic site possibly by the 2nd week of November.

Sri Sankar Parida, Convener of the Samiti and Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty, in consultation with Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and Prof. Natabar Satapathy and other representatives thereof , have created a road-map for proper implementation of the Act.

Another informal meeting of the Joint Action Committee is on the anvil to finalize the agenda to be placed before the next formal meeting wherein the relevant official functionaries along with eminent men of letters with marked language activism would be invited to put forth their views. With such views as would be coming, the concrete proposals shall be fine-tuned and then the Government shall proceed to get the necessary legislation, so that penal action should be taken against whosoever contravenes the Act.

It is most noteworthy that the CM is taking personal interest to ensure that the assurance given to the Bhasa Sangram Samiti on July 08, 2015 is honored in letter and spirit. And, the way the Ministers representing the CM are giving their unrestrained constructive cooperation to us in this matter has, in fact, created the necessary climate for governance of Orissa in Oriya.

When thus we feel that the mission of the movement is not far from success, we congratulate in advance all the friends whose language activism is going to succeed. We congratulate poet Gajanan Mishra whose ‘Fast onto Death’ jerked the entire Oriya population including all the Ministers and the CM out of slumber, consequent upon which the dreams of the revered founders of our language-based State is coming true within a few months. Students from Shantiniketan had come on cycle to help that dream come true. Students from Sambalpur are coming on foot to help that dream come true. We congratulate them all in advance. Media in general and Sambad Editor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik in particular deserve congratulations in advance as their cooperation to our campaign is a great factor in bringing the government to agreement with the Samiti for governance of Orissa in Oriya. Here are some pictures that would carry their contributions into the pages of history.

bhasa pai'n 72bhasa pain 29105_Law Minister in fasting placeBaishnab Parida under the banner of sangrama samitibhasa pain 18bhasa pain 30bhasa pain 34bhasa pai'n 7bhasa pai'n 8bhasa pai'n 10bhasa pai'n 11bhasa pai'n 13bhasa pai'n 24bhasa pai'n 28bhasa pai'n 31bhasa pai'n 32bhasa pai'n 33bhasa pai'n 35bhasa pai'n 36bhasa pai'n 40bhasa pai'n 81bhasa pai'n 82bhasa pai'n 84bhasa pai'n 85bhasa pai'n 86bhasa pai'n 87bhasa pai'n 88bhasa pai'n 89IMG_3317IMG_3839IMG_3849photo(26)IMG_2862barendra babu and gourahari babubhasa pai'n 93bhasa pai'n 94Bhasa pai'n 106bhasa pai'n 107outsourced-picture-of-the-fasting-hallPradyumna SatpathyIMG_3809bhasa pai'n 96Road blockade by language activists 2SCP addressing language activists on MG Road 2bhasa pai'n 95bhasa pai'n 97SCP and DPPattanayakbhasa sangram on 3rd dayIMG_3803IMG_3865Bhasa pai'n 108IMG_3855bhasa pai'n 24Ministers in JACbhasa pai'n 78