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.

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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

ISSUE IS GOVERNANCE OF ORISSA IN ORIYA // GOVT TAMPERS WITH MINUTES OF THE JAC !

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

When the issue is governance of Orissa in Oriya, I am shocked to see that the Government has started playing mischief by tampering with the minutes of the Joint Action Committee held on August 01, 2015.

After declaring on July 8, 2015 that the Government has accepted the demands of Odiya Bhasa Sangram Samiti to implement the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, and further declaring simultaneously that a Joint Action Committee with a five-member-team of Ministers representing the Government on one side and a seven-member-team of Odia Bhasa Sangram Samiti on the other side, would meet after Bahuda Yatra of Sri Jagannatha and workout the decision, the government has tried to damage the sanctity of the meeting by –

(a) Not notifying the same in official format after receiving the names of the seven representatives of the Bhasa Sangram Samiti;

(b) Bringing in BJD member of Rajyasabha Sri Baishnab Charan Parida to disturb the first JAC meeting, even though he was not in the list of representatives of Bhasha Sangram Samiti;

(c) Wrongful recording of minutes of the JAC meeting dated August 1, 2015 under Resolution No.4 to include in the JAC Sri Satakadi Hota, when no such Resolution was in fact adopted.

The minutes of the August 1 meeting are severely tampered with to arbitrarily bring in Sri Hota as a member to the JAC, even though, as the officially appointed President of Orissa Sahitya Academy, there is no problem to invite him for participation as an official like all other officials who participated in the meeting held on August 01.

On July 8 it was decided that the Government would take the help of an eminent linguist and one or two eminent authors in matter of modalities of implementation of the Act, on the basis of which eminent linguist Dr.Debi Prasanna Pattanayak was invited to the meeting, has been consulted and authorized to frame the Language Policy.

Sri Hota is an eminent author. In this capacity too, he could have been invited to help the JAC. There was no necessity to tamper with the JAC decisions to include him as a member.

This could be a deliberate mischief to test to what extent government can hoodwink the Bhasa Sangram Samiti and nothing else.

Under no circumstance we can countenance tampering with the minutes of JAC, as and when held.

We have enough of experience of how in Naveen Patnaik’s regime repeated attacks on Oriya language have been perpetrated without any action against the miscreants.
Instances –

First attack in 2005

In 2005, his Government had issued orders to drop Oriya as a subject in College education taking some colleges as laboratories of this evil design. We exposed that; and thrashed, the said order was withdrawn. But our demand to dismiss the education minister who had presided over this evil design was ignored by Naveen and he continued in the cabinet to the embarrassment of the people of Orissa.
Time was taken to revive the attack again.

Second attack in June 2015

A decade after the first attack, another attack was perpetrated by the Naveen raj inasmuch as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Higher Education asked all the Principals of Government Colleges and all the Universities of Orissa to impart education in English language only with text books printed in only English.

This was the same as quashing Oriya language in Courses of Study, as the order to teach Oriya in English language with texts of Oriya books printed in English strongly suggested.

We analyzed and exposed the evil design in ORISSA MATTERS under the caption: Oriya would be taught in English language! What a mad government!

The government, instead of taking action against the Deputy Secretary, has tried to shift the responsibility to Orissa Assembly.

Movement by Odia Bhasa Sangram Samiti

Against this backdrop, Odia Bhasa Sangram Samiti, the common platform of language activists, has been spearheading a mass movement for implementation of the 1954 Act immediately.

Eminent poet and language activist Sri Gajanan Mishra was on fast till death, with many persons from various walks of life including this reporter conducting relay fasts in demanding governance of Orissa in Oriya.

We have been given to understand that, all of the members of the Council of Ministers have their support for the demands of the Bhasa sangram Samiti and reportedly under orders of the Chief Minister the Joint Action Committee has been formed with five ministers representing the government and seven language activists representing the Samiti.

Third attack in August 2015

The JAC met on August 01 in the Secretariat to work out on assurances given by the Government to the Samiti for Governance of Orissa in Oriya. The third attack is perpetrated by way of tamering with the JAC minutes.

How could bureaucracy dare to tamper with its minutes? Is it done behind the Chariman of the Committee Hon’ble Minister Debi Prasad Mishra?

If, despite all our cooperation, some official functionaries sabotage the Bhasa Sangram Samiti movement for governance of Orissa in Oriya, and create confusing records of the minutes of its meeting with the ministers, I fear, the Chief Minister would be failing in his duty unless the officials that tampered with the minutes of the JAC are taken into task.

JAGANNATHA MUSTN’T BE MADE A MEDIUM OF MISOGYNY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Chief Administrator of Jagannatha Temple Suresh Mahapatra, under whose management Navakalevar became a fiasco, has taken advantage of a High Court ruling to use SriJagannatha as a medium of misogyny.

A female devotee of SriJagannatha is found from CCTV footage to have climbed up to the floor of Nandighosha chariot on July 20. The District Collector and Police are pressed to find out the lady and subject her to prosecution.

Mahapatra has suspended a servitor namely Artatrana Pratihari for his alleged failure to obstruct the female devotee when she climbed up to the floor and has called for explanation from the Badagrahi of Nandighosha, Jagannath Swain Mahapatra as to why action should not be taken against him for the offense the lady committed by mounting the chariot. The Badagrahi has rejected the allegation as his only duty it was to see to the stability of the image on his seat in the chariot, and not guarding the entrance.

The High Court ruling, which is being used as the stick to beat the woman with, should be reviewed by a greater bench  in public interest. Puri Sankaracharya has been trying to reduce SriJagannatha to an instrument of Brahmanya Dharma. The said ruling has given him the boost. Had the state government been pro-people, it should have challenged the said ruling.

But why the stress is now on the said ruling against a woman climbing the chariot, when the state government and its officers are marked for habitual contravention of court orders?

The CCTV footage repeatedly shown in television channels makes it clear that many people were on the floor of the chariot along with the female devotee. Why only she is being singled out by the officer? On the other hand, how the TV channels got the CCTV footage, unless the officer who is privy to the same has deliberately given copies thereof to media? And, why has he given the CCTV footage to media?

Is it designed to use SriJagannatha as a medium of misogyny?
Perhaps, yes.
This must be condemned by whosoever has any respect for the cult of Jagannatha.

And, the State, though already very late, should seek review or nullification of the High Court ruling that is now being misused by the officer, whose deficiency or conspiracy destroyed the sanctity of Navakalevar, for vitiating Jagannatha system with misogyny.

The High Court of Orissa being the superintending Court of the State should be prevailed upon by the Government to ensure that no Judge of Brahmin caste hears any case concerning SriJagannatha, as the Sankaracharya and his stooges are trying to impose Brahmanya Dharma on his cult, to the total detriment of what the deity of SriMandira really stands for.