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Following is a report from the Sambad (Thanks to Face book page of the BENI):
Thanks to Mr. Sapan Mishra for compiling the list:
Responses to the article entitled ‘Matrubhasha O Maanak Bhasha’ by Debi Prasanna Patnaik published in the ‘Sambad’ on 22nd July 2011 (Part I)
Following responses are taken from different e-forums and Facebook. This is in response to the article entitled ‘Matrubhasha O Maanak Bhasha’ by Debi Prasanna Patnaik published in ‘Sambad’ newspaper on 22nd July 2011.
The Sambad (Odia daily) has written on our discussion of Kosli language: http://wp.me/pFC4h-UK. I respect the views expressed by Shri Devi Prasanna Pattnaik.
However, I still feel that if govt. will bring a law to teach the students of Kosal region in Kosli the school dropout rate will decrease. I have seen the struggle of primary school children to learn Odia. Instead why not teach them in Kosli. Do not forget the children of 11 western districts spend considerable time in learning Odia.
In future the creation of separate state in India will not be on linguistic basis. As India is a highly populous country, the creation of smaller state will be better. Therefore, do not relate the language movement to political movement.
Giving recognition to Kosli language is nothing to do with Kosal movement. Rather, it will be good for the literary persons like Haldhar Nag, Manglu Biswal, Dr. Dologovind Bisi, Dr. Nila Madhab Panigrahi, Dr. Harekrushna Meher and others who are working relentlessly to keep this language alive.
Therefore, I urge the language lovers to help the Kosli language to flourish and let us not politicize it.
Here with I am sending the link to a Kosli poem written by me: http://wp.me/pFC4h-Uk
I hope you will enjoy it.
Sanjib– Sanjib Kumar Karmee, PhD Department of Biotechnology Delft University of Technology Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands E-mail: email@example.com
I agree with you. The writings of Mr Debi Prasanna Pattnaik seems more emotional than logical.He has also tactically tried to create a difference between KOSLI AND SAMBALPURI. I can understand his stand but the article is totally baseless and illogical. Perhaps he has forgotten that one day Odia was also labeled as ‘EKTA SWATANTRA BHASA NAESE. Now its a recognized language and official language of Odisha but what is the problem with my friends of coastal belt in recognizing Kosli. I would conclude, ODISHA SAHITYA ACADEMY has loosed its competency and credibility in developing Kosli . We have no anger with our PADOSHI BHASA. If Kosli is my Maa then Odia is Maasi. Lets think for betterment and always hope for the best. And I request all, please support those who are working for propagating KOSLI.
–Saket Sahu Editor BENI, The Kosli magazine
I have throughly read the article by Sri Debiprasanna Pattnaik on the sambad ,dated 22.7.2011.In nutshell, we like our mother tone Sambalpuri/Koshli from the core of our heart. We do not like Oriya -is wrong.Rather we like both languages equally. MANAKA bhasa is Koshli.Oficial language is Oriya.
As Sanjib Babu opines-if Koahsli language will be included in the 8th schedule than school going children will be increasing no doubt.The best example on MANAK language as Koshli is for example on fish. we read MAACHA in oriya and in koshli as JHURI. If a school going kid will read JHURI instead of MAACHA he will easily follow it. So the question of breaking oriya language if koshli language approved is wrong interpriation. Can we forget to recite the beloved poem MANGALE AAILA USHAA , BIKACHA RAJIBA TRUSHA by legendry GANGADHAR MEHER – no not all. Rather from language front of view we will be proud of being able to use both the languages.
Yes, on development side, Western Orissa is less developed than Eastern Orissa and for that we demand a separate Koshla State for overall improvement of our region.
–Narendra Kumar Mohanty Sambalpur
Yesterday my young friend Saket Sahu, editor of BENI, the Koshali magazine posted this piece in Sambad. It seems the very possibility of inclusion of Koshali in the 8 th schedule is causing quite a bit of anxiety in the Oriya speaking population. My short posting in Ornet and Orissa Today net work has inspired a full scale article in Sambad by an eminent linguist. I am flattered, embarassed and disappointed in one breath. I do not have access to Dr.Patnaik,s email nor do I remember of having any personal contact with him in good old days, though I remember that my classmate late Dr.Chaudhury Hemakant Mishra talking about him when he was thinking of taking over India Institute of Languages(?) after Dr.Patnaik’s term. I would have loved to discuss the issue with Dr.Patnaik in a veranda with a cup of tea rather than long email exchanges. Since I can not do that here is my response through the net. Apparently Dr.Patnaik knew about my posting through Ornet/OTN; so hopefully he will know my response.
Frankly,I would have liked Dr.Patnaik to take the high road to discuss the linguistic aspects of Koshali and I would have learned a lot from him. In stead, the whole piece was sentimentally based, and is a rather a little accusatory as to why we want and hope Koshali to be included in the eighth schedule. Clearly Dr.Patnaik is a an ardent lover of Oriya, and one can not find any fault with such sentiment. Let me make it very clear. Most Koshalis, which certainly includes myself love Oriya and its great literature, but we love Koshali more, not simply as a very vibrant living language but also because we can express and communicate our deepest feelings and sentiments though it like in no other language.
It seems when Dr.Patnaik was at the helm of the Language Institute he was not in favour of any 8 th schedule. However, debating on the soundness of such reasoning is just academic now because, be that as it may, 8th schedule is still open and recently four new languages,Maithili,Santhali,Dogri and Bodo have been added after Mahapatra commission was concluded and the final decision was made by the High-Power Committee with thirty two languages left in the limbo. We do not know the reason why Maithili which has the same population base, and the other three with much far smaller base than Koshali were included but Koshali did not get the nod. Inclusion of Koshali in the 8th schedule is crucial for Koshalis and I will try to give some of the reasons.
1. For generations, Koshali students through the formative school years had to learn even the non-language courses through Oriya and were punished by the teachers from coastal area( I can vouch from my experience) if students use Koshali in the classroom. Needless to say, it has caused lot of drop outs. Moreover, we had to write answer papers in Oriya. Those with good linguistic aptitude managed it well but for vast majority, it was a handicap. Our overall marks were lower. I know of many bright students failed again and again in both matriculation and I.A./I.Sc. because of their poor Oriya. I realise that schooling system in all over India has changed quite a bit since my time but the problem remains essentially the same. Thus we never had or have a level playing field. Hopefully, such situation can be averted through 8 th schedule.
2. The same situation occurs when recruiting civil servants. Competency in Oriya is a must. This is one of the reasons you will see huge number of minor civil servants in every nook and corner in Koshal area but you will not find as many from Koshal area in non-Koshal area.This of course has caused social disharmony.
3.One of the advantages of 8 th schedule is availability of funds to enrich the language. Perhaps our brethren in non-Koshali area are not aware that Koshalis are passionately involved to enrich the language. Major classics like Ramayan,Gita, Mahabharat are already in print or are being written up. Currently Nil Madhab Panigrahi, 90 plus years, bed ridden and partially paralysed has already published 6 volumes of Mahabharata. Two more volumes are in the process of publication. He is determined to finish the rest before he passes away. Dictionaries, Grammar, plays, novels, anthology of poems, Granthavalis of major poets like Satya Narayan Bohidar, Koshali panjikas,, several books on history of Koshala, biographies on Koshali heroes, etc. already in print without any funding from the government. BENI is a magnificent monthly literary magazine, full of literary pieces of high quality as well as great artwork.Though we have a long way to go, several newspapers in Koshali are coming up. Most Orissans know of artistic genius of Krutartha Acharya for his Sambalpuri Sarees. But few know of another textile design genius Late Jadunath Supakar, who had to leave Orissa for Varanasi was awarded Padmashree. At least three Koshali language movies have been produced, one of them receiving international acclaim. Old Koshali palm leaf and copper plate documents are to be digitised. Revival of Koshali dances and theatricals are performed in major cities and towns. Recently Sapan Mishra put forth a formidable list of major literary works in Koshali. This is but very inadequate and brief snap shot of cultural activities in Koshal area. There is a sort of renaissance in all aspects of Koshali culture and heritage Lot of things remain to be done. In short, all these and much more are accomplished without much help from the Orissa government because Koshali is not included in 8 th schedule. Interestingly, if my memory serves correct, as soon as Santhali came under 8 th schedule, Orissa government announced financial help to promote the language. For Koshali ? None.
4. Inclusion in 8 th Schedule will also facilitate governance in Koshal area. Notices are given now in the villages in Oriya; not very literates do not understand the full implications of these notices. Civil servants from non-koshali area who do not even have rudimentary knowledge of Koshali can not communicate with citizens, thus resulting in miscommunication. In fact Orissa is among the minority of states which claims to have only one language. Out of 28 provinces, 15 have more than one official language. Out of 7 union territories, 6 have more than one recognised language. In a democracy freedom of expression is a fundamental right of the citizen. Good governance requires efficient communication between the citizens and the government. Is it not ironic that Orissa CM does not speak Oriya ? He truly symbolises the basic oxymoronic stance of the Orissa government on language issue.
5.Dr. Patnaik correctly says that language has no barrier. When Koshali speaking tracts were brought in to the fold of Orissa, 6 districts of Koshali speaking population remained with modern Chhattisgarh. Koshalis are going through the same problem in Orissa as they are in Chhattisgarh. Inclusion of Koshali in the 8 th schedule will go a long way to improve governance in both provinces.
6. Because Koshali is not in the 8 th schedule, it is not listed in the list preference for languages in the Census counting. As the 2011 census official statistics shows the whole Orissa speaks nothing but Oriya, which of course is erroneous. We do not even know what is the real figure for both Oriya and Koshali !
To be continued
RegardsDr. Arjun Purohit, Canada
We Protest the Article for the following reasons-1.His writings are emotional on a subject which require factual corroborations.
2.His language,tone & tenor is objectionable when he uses questions such as,a-Why this elation ? b-Is it because Koshali-Sambalpuri has been tagged together ? c-Is it that Koshali-Sambalpuri is going to be recognised as mother tongue ? d-Is it because if language is recognised, it will pave way for the creation of a separate state ? e-Is it because other literary award will be given for this literature ?
If the answers to all these teasing questions are BIG ‘YES’,’YES’,’YES’ than what is the harm ??? Who is he to deny us the status of a separate language ??? He tried his best to do it 40 years back when he was at the helm of affairs, to suppress the voice of truth. He was successful in strangulating our throat. Now, in the year 2004 when the language committee headed by Dr.Sitakanta Mahapatra, who had recommended to Govt. of India that 7 languages deserve to be included in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution, the Govt. took decision to declare inclusion of 4 languages,such as,Maithili,Konkani,Santhali & Bodo in the 8th schedule. The than Minister of States,Home Shree Ajay Makan had said that there is no time frame for the inclusion, but it will be done in a phase wise manner. Shree Debi Prasanna Patnaik has no authority to deny such status to Sambalpuri-Koshali language as decided by the due authority of Govt. Does he ? It is a matter of recognition only. People of Koshalanchal use this language in every spheres.
Yes, Koshali-Sambalpuri is tagged together by the linguists also. It is one & synonymous.Who are you to create a difference ? Sambalpuri-Koshali is the mother tongue of more than one crore & fifty lakhs of people of Koshalanchal. It is more than many so called official languages recognised by the Govt. in the 8th schedule. The recent Census has recorded Sambalpuri-Koshali as mother tongue of lakhs & laks of people. Whether it will pave the way for a separate state depends on other ‘trigger events’, not only the recognition of the language of a region but the impoverishment, marginalisation,colonisation,discrimination & exploitation of too, press the people to fight for a separate state of Koshal. Can you stop this Mr.Pattnaik ? Remember, even after the creation of separate state of Chhatisgarh, their language, Chhatisgarhi is yet to be recognised in the 8th schedule of the constitution.
Dont mix up state demand with the recognition of language issue. For your kind information, Odia is recognised as the second language of Andhra State since a few thousand people in Andhra Pradesh speak Odia. Why cant you see reason in recognising Sambalpuri-Koshali as second language of Odia & thereby facilitate cohesion among the two distinct parts of Odisha ? Rather than doing that you want to promote only Odia & you literary publication & literary awards to the users of Sambalpuri-Koshali language. You have sarcastically questioned the need for such a system of award to us by the state of Odisha. Does it belong to you only ? Than, why do you want to keep us with you ? Leave us. Tax is being collected from us also but while spending on language & literature, we only publish & award Odia. Why ??? Is it your money only ???
–Sapan Mishra, Sambalpur Koshal Pradesh Forum, Face Book E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beni was released at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar by Hon. Minister Prasanna Acharya, Sushanta Singh, MLA Bhatli, Prabhas Singh, President, Paschim Odisha Agrani Sangathan, Arvind Padhi (IAS) and other honorable personalities. Thanks to Saket Sahu, Editor of the Beni for sharing this news and pictures.
Following are some pictures: