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The belated move of the State Government in writing to the Union Government to include Kosali language besides tribal language Ho in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution has been hailed by all sections of the society.
Though it will take time for the Centre to accept the recommendation as it has to be ratified by the Parliament which is likely to be convened only after the general election, demands are being made to accord the State’s second language status to Kosali.
Besides, it is also demanded that the language should be used in imparting education upto Class VII and a Sahitya Akademi Chapter opened in the region to work for the development of the language. Since the demands are in the ambit of the State Government, those can be approved with a notification.The demand to include Kosali in the 8th Schedule is more than five decades old. Although it remained confined to the region, it has been raised time and again in the Parliament by former MPs Sriballav Panigrahi and Prasanna Acharya.
Balangir: The Chief Minister’s initiative was welcomed by the people of the district also. “This is a good initiative of the Government but a lot needs to be done on the issue,” said Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) advisor Pramod Mishra. He demanded that the State Government should adopt Kosali as second language of the State and the decision should be taken by the State Cabinet.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take steps for inclusion of Sambalpuri/Kosali and Ho languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.
“Sambalpuri/Kosali is the mother tongue of about 75 lakh people spread over 10 contiguous districts of Western Odisha. It has been put to writing for more than 50 years, is a medium of education in non-formal schools and has a robust oral tradition of many centuries in the form of folk music and folk literature,” Patnaik said in a letter to Shinde.
Similarly, Ho language is the mother tongue of more than a million tribal people living on the borders of Odisha and Jharkhand and also satisfies majority of the criteria required for inclusion in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution,” said Patnaik in the letter.
“I would urge upon the Union Home Ministry to consider our proposal favourably at the earliest, which will go a long way in fulfilling the long cherished linguistic aspirations of the people of western and northern Odisha,” he said.
There have been demands for a long time for inclusion of the two languages in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution and the Centre is understood to be considering the matter, sources said.
BALANGIR: A play in Koshali language was the highlight of the concluding day of five-day national multi-lingual theatre festival ‘Matkhai Mahotsav’ at Balangir on Saturday. The festival was organized by socio-cultural organization Bhumika.
The play ‘Gara Bandha’ revolved around erstwhile royal tradition of hunting by kings. Gara Bandha was a man, who used to accompany kings and symbolized the prey during hunting.
“The play depicted the life and struggle of a Gara Bandha. It portrayed the exploitative royal tradition. Through the play we want to send a message across the society how in the past right to life was violated,” said president of the festival Chittaranjan Das.
Odia play ‘haat’, based on plight of bonded labourers, pulled huge crowd as Balangir is known for large-scale migration. Another play Gabbar Ghichor in Bhojpuri also portrayed migration woes.
A Delhi-based drama troupe performed Nachnia (dancer), based on struggle and livelihood of dancing community. “The play mirrored how the dancing communities were looked down upon by the society. They were artiste yet they never got due recognition and respect,” said Dharmendra Nanda, member of the festival.
On the closing day, BJP state president K V Singhdeo attended the festival as chief guest.
“Matkhai Mahotsav is not only offering entertainment through plays but also proving to be a tool for spreading socio-economic and socio-political awareness,” said chairman of the festival Narasingh Mishra. Matkhai is the name of a hill, situated on the outskirts of the town.
Following is a report from the Prameya:
The demand for official recognition of Koshali language used in the western parts of Odisha intensified Wednesday with a delegation from the region submitting a memorandum to Governor S.C. Jamir here.
Koshali is used by 1.5 crore people in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. It must be accorded the status of second language in the state, Sambalpuri-Koshali Bhasa Pratisthan (SKBP) chairman Sriballav Panigrahi, who led the delegation, told reporters.
He said the delegation urged the governor to direct the state government to recommend to the central government for its inclusion in the 8th schedule of the constitution of India.
SKBP has been working for the promotion of Koshali language and demanding its constitutional recognition. Panigrahi said some educational institutions in western Odisha are already imparting lessons in Koshali at the school level.
Following report is from the Prameya: http://epaper.prameyanews.com/Details.aspx?id=7856&boxid=5471478 (Thanks to Saket for the pointer)