Bhasha Andolan, the unique language movement of Orissa, is marked for absolute adherence to principle and peacefulness, even though it is the most popular movement of the people to force the government for governance of their motherland in their mother tongue.
Powerful mainstream media ‘The Telegraph’ verbally, yet formally, interviewed its chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak on completion of 500 days of the movement from various calling angles, which is published on September 02, 2017.
We are glad to share it below, with the note that, the interview was conducted in Oriya and the interviewer had the prerogative to edit it while reducing to the present form.
Now, to the published interview:
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
This is the 2nd part of how Biju Patnaik had sabotaged Oriya Language in 1963, published in Suryaprava, the celebrated publisher of Sahitya Mahabharat and Sahitya Manthan, in its edition of today, 6th May 2017.
The PDF Copy:
Biju Chhura 2
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The present day Orissa was created in 1936 as the Oriya speaking people wanted a separate province of their own to have their official affairs managed in their mother tongue. The British power that was then in occupation of India had to bow to the Oriya movement and thus Orissa took her shape as the first Linguistic State of India.
But, post independence politicians – some belonging to the families of the same non-Oriya native servants of the British dragged mostly from Bengal and settled in Orissa; some eager to show off their elitism and knowledge in English; and others too simple to control non-Oriya officers of Indian Civil Service and indigenous officers of anglicized mentality – have ruined this position. The incumbent Chief Minister’s abhorrence for mother tongue of the people has rendered this splendid classical language de facto defunct. Like the masses and mass media of Orissa had fought for separate identity of their motherland, the masses and mass media of today’s Orissa are fighting for restoration of primacy and paramountcy of Oriya Language in governance of Orissa under the banner of Bhasha Andolan.
This movement has no parallel in the history of mankind. A team of four eminent Oriyas per day takes up the movement’s flag of unity – Black Flag – and walk silently on the most sensitive part of the capital city of Orissa starting from the Assembly to the Governor’s House passing through the citadel of power – the Secretariat – daily evening at five.
The movement, begun on 13 April (Orissa’s New Yeaar’s Day) 2016, had postponed its ‘Black Flag March’ on 24 May 2016, as bowing to its demand the CM had amended the Orissa Official Language Act,1954 on the 21st to facilitate formation of Rules to ensure governance of Orissa in Oriya, with a declaration to completely remove all obstacles from the way of implementation of the Act by August 15. But, he betrayed the people and the movement has resumed its ‘Black Flag March’ since the 16th August.
This book, published on the 9th August by ‘Shabdasparsha’ and formally released on 30th November, is a documentation of the unique movement from 13 April to 24 May, 2016.
We have made the book available on Scribd for the Oriyas of the world and their supporters.
Chief of orissamatters.com that has always acted the most alert and strongest sentinel of Oriya interest, Sri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, advisor of Oriya Bhasha Sangram Samiti, has given a new twist to the fast-on-to-death taken up by poet Gajanan Mishra with Ms.Madhumita Samal and Sanjib Parida, by offering sympathy fast for 12 hours. The trend he has set shall be followed up by language activists everyday till end of the fast by Sri Mishra and his two co-strikers.
The movement has been wholeheartedly supported by the founder chief of Ama Odisha Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik in a front-page signed leader in Orissa’s highest circulated broadsheet daily ‘The Sambada’ of which he is also the founder and Editor.