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It looks like a story, but is an eye-witnessed account. I have posted it in for the Oriyas of the world to read with the aim that from this eye-witnessed account they may introspect their position in relation to their motherland, mother tongue and heritage, when Bhasha Andolan, Orissa, the world’s only movement of its kind has been fighting for governance of Orissa in Oriya.

Tathapi Santana

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Kula Gourav Madhusudan Das, the most celebrated lawyer of his time, whom Gandhiji was regarding as his Guru, had sacrificed every worldly possession and even his profession in pursuit of the final mission of his life: CREATION OF ORISSA AS A SEPARATE PROVINCE WHERE ADMINISTRATION SHALL BE MANAGED IN ORIYA. And, therefore, Orissa was created on April 01, 1936 as the first linguistic State of India.

On April 01, 1948, when the birth anniversary of the State was celebrated for the first time in our independent soil, an illustrated son of Mother Orissa from Bargarh, Laxminarayan Mishra had moved a Resolution in the interim Assembly (the second such Assembly before India became Republic) asking the Government to create a Law to make Oriya the Official Language of Orissa. Harekrushna Mahtab was the Prime Minister of Orissa as the leader of the Congress Party. Mishra was also a Congress member. The ministry, dominated by non-Oriya elements and Oriya elites of anglicized mentality, had forced Mishra to withdraw his Resolution.

Since then, the Oriya nation has been fighting of making its mother tongue the Official Language of Orissa. The final battle is being fought by Bhasha Andolan since April 13, 2016, the New Years Day of Orissa.

The attached file shall lead to its history.

Fight for the Mother Tongue -1948 to 2016

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Originally written for the Oriya daily Suryaprava, this write-up exposes how the anti-Oriya Government of Orissa has sabotaged the NEET prospects of Oriya students. The State action would help only the children of the elite class of Orissa have medical education while denying the facility to the children of poor families that have no education in English medium. These families constitute 85% of Oriya population, who survive slow-starvation because of the heavily subsidized rice supplied to them at the rate of ₹1/- per Kg.

Here is the article: