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A research paper on Koshal state demand by Artatrana Gochhayat

Following is screenshot of the paper:
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Click here to down load the complete paper:Statehood Demands after Telengana: Politics of Agitation in the Koshal Region in Odisha

July 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Views of legislators from western Odisha on “Kosal state” and “Kosli language”

Following reports are from the Sambad:
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October 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Spontaneous bandh in western Odisha gave a hint on the public anger observes Bijay Chaki

Following excerpt is from a TNIE report:

The spontaneous bandh on August 26 in Western Odisha districts over the demand of a separate Koshala state seems to suggest that the tide is turning away from the BJD. Several senior leaders from the area maintained that the Koshala state demand does not have many followers in the area, but the successful bandh gave a hint on the public anger against the ruling party for ignoring the demand of the Western districts always, including a permanent bench of the High Court.

September 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Demand for Koshal state: TOI report on western Odisha bandh

Following is a TOI report:

BHUBANESWAR: The 12-hour bandh call given by various outfits, demanding a separate Koshal state, paralyzed normal life in western Odisha on Monday, even as lawyers in the region continued with their agitation pressing for high court benches.
While road transport came to a grinding halt in most parts, train services were partly affected. Majority of the educational institutions, government offices and commercial establishments remained closed for the day in 10 districts. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state, police said.

“It was a complete and spontaneous bandh as most social outfits, citizen bodies, caste societies and students in the region extended their support to the bandh,” Kosal State Coordination Committee leader Pramod Mishra told TOI.
Activists were seen picketing in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Deogarh, Sonepur, Boudh and Balangir districts. Markets, banks and other government offices remained closed while several heavy vehicles were stranded on highways passing through the region.

The Sambalpur-Puri Intercity was stalled at Sambalpur Road station for about two hours as activists blocked the railway tracks. Trains passing in the region got delayed by two to four hours, sources said. In Bargarh, activists blocked the road by burning tyres.
The bandh evoked mixed response in Rourkela. While Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) functioned as usual, movement of private vehicles in the city was normal. However, educational institutions and markets largely remained closed.

In Bhawanipatna, buses remained off the road as the Kalahandi Bus Association supported the bandh. However, government schools and banks remained open. Market and business establishments downed shutters in most parts of Kalahandi.

Meanwhile, advocates continued their stir seeking HC benches in their respective areas. In a meeting convened by Sambalpur Bar Association (SBA), all political parties resolved to boycott the urban election if the State Election Commission starts the nomination process again during the indefinite agitation period. “The political parties have resolved not to field candidates during the agitation period even if the election commission re-notify dates for the civic poll,” SBA secretary S S Sahu said.
(With inputs from Sambalpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda)

September 1, 2013 at 3:05 am 2 comments

Protests demanding a separate Koshal state in Odisha

Following is a report by PTI/Outlook:

Demanding a separate Koshal state comprising western Odisha districts, activists under the banner of Koshal Kranti Dal (KKD) today staged a rail roko agitation here.

As a result, express, passenger and goods trains remained stranded at various railway stations, official sources said.

“We have already requested the state and Union government to take immediate steps for formation of Koshal state,” KKD president Upendra Mohapatra said.

Bhubaneswar-Bolangir Intercity Express and a goods train were detained at Sambalpur Road station for some time by activists along with students here.

Howrah-Jagadalpur Express was stranded for some time at Bargarh as slogan shouting agitationists squatted on the railway tracks.

Similar demonstrations were staged at Bolangir and Jharsuguda railway station affecting the traffic.

“The rail roko agitation was successful and people from all walks of life spontaneously participated in it,” said KKD president.

Earlier on Saturday, rasta roko agitation was held in 10 districts on national highways and state highways linking Western Odisha, said Mohapatra.

Following is a report from the Sambad (BBSR EDITION):
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August 10, 2013 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

Who is responsible for the underdevelopment of western Odisha? Videos of Kanak TV debate

This was a lively debate. Expect few leaders everyone spoke within the scope of the topic. Otherwise, now day TV debates are often turning brawl and theatrical stage. I observed that all most all leaders spoke in Kosli language. They  should also use Kosli language in assembly; so that people of western Odisha will understand them. The discussion was about health, education and human resource development  in western Odisha (Balangir and Kalahandi Medical college, AIIMs and other centrally funded institutes); industrialization; pollution in Sambalpur-Jharsuguda belt; KBK issues, Dadan sramik; malnutrition; starvation death; unemployment; Gadjats; feudal mentality of political leadership; and Kosal state demand.

People of western Odisha feel alienated because their voice is not heard by the mainstream Odia media. Thanks to the Kanak TV for providing a platform to people of western Odisha (although one speaker was accusing the organizers about the choice of the title and divide and rule policy).

July 15, 2012 at 1:21 am Leave a comment

State leadership is responsible for western Odisha’s underdevelopment: Bitarka Mahasamar

Following is report is from the Sambad:

July 8, 2012 at 12:10 am 1 comment

Various maps of the proposed “Kosal state”

A recent outlook report suggests that India should have 50 states. One of such demand is the bifurcation of Odisha state in to Odisha and Kosal state. It is clear from various news reports that there is a growing demand in the western Odisha for the formation of Kosal state. After a bit of search in the “Google image” , I found the following maps of the proposed “Kosal state”.

February 11, 2012 at 11:23 am 3 comments

Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) to launch a month-long stir for Kosal State from Dec 23

Following is a report from the Pioneer:

The Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) will launch a movement in the entire ‘Kosalanchal’ region to sensitise people about its demand for a separate Kosal State from December 23 to January 23 next.

This was announced to the media on Sunday by KKD chief Pramod Mishra. The entire ‘Kosalanchal’ has been divided into five zones along with Boudh and Athmallik subdivision of Angul district, he said.

Commenting on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s move to create four smaller States out of the existing UP, Mishra observed that it is high time the Government of Odisha adopted a resolution in the State Assembly in favour of a Kosal State. All political parties should come forward to join hands for formation of a separate Kosal State, Mishra said.

The month-long movement in Balangir district would start from Harishankar on December 23, and simultaneous Yatras would be organised in the other districts of the region, Mishra informed.

“After this movement, we will visit New Delhi and put forth our demand of creation of a separate Kosal State to Centre leaders. We will also stage a dharna before the Parliament during its next session,” Mishra informed further.

November 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm 1 comment

Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) urges early formation of 2nd SRC (State Reorganisation Commission)

Following is a report from the Pioneer:

The Kosal Kranti Dal (KKD) has strongly advocated for constitution of a second SRC (State Reorganisation Commission) to resolve the separate statehood issues. This would go a long way in addressing the issues peacefully, said KKD secretary general Baidyanath Mishra while speaking to the Press here.

Mishra said the Telangana agitation has taken a severe toll of men and property worth thousands of crores of rupees. This could have been solved long back had the Government gone in for an SRC instead of a one-man commission, which came out with multiple choices. The U-turn in the Telangana tangle has created a credibility gap between the Government and the people of Telangana. No amount of damage control exercise would assuage the feelings of Telangana denizens unless Andhra Pradesh is divided.

An SRC should bring all separate State demands, including Kosal in Odisha, into its orbit, but the Telangana issue has to get priority over others and must be decided within a specific timeframe. Then, it is up to the convenience of the commission to redress issue relating to other new States, Mishra said.

Asked as to where the demand for a Kosal State stands in order of preference, he said logicallyit should be next to Telangana.

November 7, 2011 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

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