PRATIVA RAY LUNCHED APARHNARA GITA WRITTEN MY RASHMI MOHAPTRA.
Leading Oriya novelist winner of prestigious jnanapith Award and academician Pratibha Ray, who has over 40 novels, travelogues and short stories to her credit on Tuesday ( 11th July 2017) lunched Rashmi Mohapatra's first poetry collection , " Aparahnara Gita" meaning poems of afternoon, in presence of a lrage number of poets, writers, intellectuals at the Press Club of Odisha.
Mrs Ray praised the poems of Mohapatra and said, though this is her first poem collection almost all the poems are of good standard and commendable. She said that Rashmi's poems cover a wide range of subjects and human experiences and speaks of positiveness of life.
Mrs Mohaptra who has taken voluntiary retirement from the covoted service in a naionalised bank has virtually settled in Mumbai with her two daughters and husband Vedvayas Lenka. A native of Puri. Mrs Mohapatra has completed her higher education in economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and had a very brief stint in the media before joining the Bank job. She worked for Odia daily "Khabarkagaj", weekly "Tuesday" and monthly Odisha Indutry.
Eminent literary critic and poet Kedar Mishra, editor of Sundayliterary pages of the Sanchar critically appreciated Rashmi's poems and advised that she should continue to write without any break inorder to achive much more.
Prof. Adhyapak Biswaranjan who had taught Rashmi in S.C.S. College , Puri expressed his ahppiness over success of Radhmi in writing poems.
Rashmi thanked all for the encouraging words and said that she will proceed ahead with writing poems till the last.
Prasanta Patnaik, editor Sanchar expressed his happiness over success of Rashmi in writing poems and encouraged her to continue further.
Mrs Poonam Bedi thanked all for making the lunching a grand success.
The Cow Mafia in Odisha
By Jagpreet Luthra
The animal welfare activist are struggling to restore India’s cultural ethos of compassion, safeguard the environment, uphold the state and central laws against cow slaughter and stop the injury to the religious sentiments of a vast majority of the Indian people caused by the atrocities on cow and progeny. These Gau-rakshaks do not have the human and material resources to convince the government and the courts about the validity of their cause and the fact that it is they who are at the receiving end of the cattle mafia’s brutality.
The two most recent cases of the violence on cattle rescuers happened in Odisha, the first in Kala Patthar cattle market under Begunia PS in Khorda and the other in Rayagada’s Chandli PS. In the first case, a 23-year-old man suffered severe injuries from iron rod blows as he was attacked by a group of 15 to 20 men. All his documents, including the vital aadhar card, passport, mobile and wallet were snatched from him. He was asked by the media why he carried all these important papers to a cattle market where he had gone to collect evidence of violations of the cattle market regulations. He said he was always in and out of police stations and courts and could need any or all these documents. The air is so terribly against gau-rakshaks that he needed them to prove his credentials to cops and to avoid being slapped with false counter cases. Five other people were also attacked outside the market by the cattle mafia men on the suspicion that they were all rescuers.
In the second case, software engineer K V Kannan from Hyderabad and his wife, along with a group of five friends, including two women, were travelling through Khedapoda in Rayagada district when they spotted hundreds of cattle being cruelly treated and smuggled on foot from Odisha into Andhra. Spontaneously, they leapt to the help of the cattle and stopped the escorts. As they waited for the police to turn up, they were attacked by a dozen men. The Kannan was severely injured, the women in the group were molested and all their phones and wallets were snatched. This made sensational news and more than 50 media outfits-- regional, state and national—covered the story.
The rest of the story is familiar: the two cases were registered after much ado. Not a single MLA or MP took up cudgels on behalf of these victims in the house, no writer or commentator to express their shock at such unprovoked violence, no lobbyist to file a public interest litigation in favour of the cow lovers and no politician to agitate against this brutality of the cattle mafia men. The political class is normally the best bet of any successful campaign. But the cow having been condemned as a Hindu animal and its lovers branded as communalists, no political leader of any hue—left, right or centre—has the guts to protest against the violence or to defend the victims. Even the BJP is needlessly defensive on this issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly and repeatedly condemned the extortionists and vested interests posing as gau rakshaks. However, he has said a lot else in the same breath, which has fallen on deaf ears. We are a people who believe in feeding ants, birds, dogs, cows and monkeys and we should be true to this culture of compassion and kindness, he said at the Sabarmati Ashram in June while citing the examples of cow lovers like Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave.
On the other hand, an army of propagandists funded by the beef lobby: cops, lawyers, thinkers, writers, journalists, actors and politicians, all of whom are peddling the lies minted by the beef lobby. They are falsely projecting criminals as gau rakshaks and then going hammer and tong at the latter—in the media, courts and legislative houses.
Just as poverty is not an excuse for theft and murder of humans under the law, it cannot become so for the murder of bovines. Those who are advocating the right to eating beef as the right to freedom of choice need their brains washed and a crash course in the laws of the land. It IS against the laws of 17 states to smuggle and slaughter of cattle (cow, calf, bull, bullock and buffalo) unless validated by fit-to-slaughter certificates issued for old and sick cattle. In short, it is high time for the cow lovers and rescuers to launch an all-out pen war against the falsehood of the beef lobbyists.
EMAR MUTT SILVER HOARD HAS ORIGINS IN THE GREAT ORISSA FAMINE OF 1866 NA’ANKA DURBHIKSHYA
Bhubaneswar 20th Nov : The Silver Ingots recovered from the Emar Mutt have links with the Great Orissa Famine of 1866, the Na’Anka Durbhikshya. According to Anil Dhir, conclusive evidence has been found that proves that the bullion was part of the payment made by the British authorities to the various Mutts for rice purchased from them.
Speaking at the release of his Book “Great Orissa Famine of 1866: Na’Anka Durbhikshya”, Dhir said that the Mutts were the biggest landowners of the period and had overflowing granaries. When the British administration wanted to buy the stocks, the Mutt heads refused payment in coinage but instead wanted to be paid in bullion. While researching for his book, Dhir has found various papers which prove that the mutts sold a major part of their stocks for the relief kitchens that had been set up by the authorities. While a few mutts and the Puri Temple had opened free kitchens, most of their stocks were sold.
Dhir has been writing in vain to the government for permission to inspect and study the ingots. Each of the ingots has got proof and assay markings. A proper measurement and weight can reveal their origin and date. He is now seeking the courts permission to examine the ingots, which are lying in the Police Armory in Puri. The silver recovered from the Mutt should be transformed into the Famine Memorial Commemorative Coins as a fitting tribute to the one million persons who had died.
The book released by Shri Lalit Mansingh, the former Ambassador to the United States at the Panthanivas on the 18th. Edited by Anil Dhir and Ramesh Mohapatro, the book is the outcome of the Seminar held on the 150th Year Commemoration of the Na’Anka in December 2016. Lt. Gen. Narayan Mohanty (Retd.) PVSM, AVSM, VSM, the Chairman of the Committee said that a suitable memorial for the one million dead should be erected. Ramesh Mohapatro, Secretary of the Pipili Sanskruitka Parishad said that the Parishad would erect a suitable memorial in the vicinity of Pipili and many of the remnants of the Famine are still there. The Christian villages of Adarshpur, Kalyanpur, Ashrayapur, Anugrahapur and Bharasapur are all living testimonies of the difficult times when the missionaries set up orphanages and shelters for the victims.
According to Dhir, there is no single narrative of the Great Orissa Famine. To write this book, they had to revisit, revise and include “much that has been forgotten or perhaps deliberately avoided in a great silence”. He has written about the Chhatarkhais, the role of Cecil Beadon and T.E.Ravenshaw and the Lassiez Faire attitude of the British. The one year research for writing the book has revealed many new findings. While the written history of the Great Famine has been confined to sources like contemporary writings, the Famine Commission Report, Utkal Dipika and other papers, but the real history can be found in the reportage printed in English papers. The British Parliamentary Debates, Papers of the India Office Library, British Museum Library, the William Carey Library at Serampore and many other sources were scoured for writing the book.
The Famine was not an accident of nature. It was not Providence. It was rather a series of mistakes. For many decades after the great famine, it was simply a dark and even humiliating experience which the survivors, and the survivors of the survivors, had little wish to recall . Many aspects of this event have yet to be uncovered. A proper history of the Famine, its after effects, and lessons learnt should be written.
The contributors of the book comprise of eminent scientists, scholars and writers, including Dr. Bidyut Mohanty, Dr. Manoranjan Mohanty, Dr. J.K.Ray, Dr. B.C.Samal Amiya Bhusan Tripathy, Dr. Lalatendu Das Mohapatro, Dr. Bimlendu Mohanty, Murali Manohar Sharma, Br. G.C.Nanda, Dr. Prabhakar Nanda, A.C.Padhiary, Dr. Kornel Das, Dr. P.S.Brahamananda among others.
eminar on Gopal Chhotray Birth Centenary
Gopal Chhotray’s Play will enrich Indian Aesthetic and literature; Manoj Mitra
It’s not a good sign that we don’t know much about Gopal Chhotray in Bengal and to bridge the gap we need to undertake a project to translate his entire major plays into other Indian languages from Odia, said Manoj Mitra, the veteran Bengali playwright and theatre legend. Inaugurating the birth centenary celebration of renowned Odia playwright, fiction writer, poet, Padmashree awardees and a legendary cultural icon Gopal Chhotray’s birth centenary seminar Mr. Mitra paid his rich tribute to Shri Chhotray. While talking on Indian theatre he emphasized more on translation and it is only through translation we can take the genius of Gopal Chhotray to the larger Indian audience, said Shri Mitra. The birth centenary seminar was being organized by Sahitya Akademi in the Hotel Kalinga Ashok, Bhubaneswar on 17th September 2017. In the inaugural session secretary of Sahitya Akademi K. Sreenivasrao welcomed the guests and Gaurahari Das, the convener of Odia advisory board introduced the basic theme of the seminar to the audience. Shri Das said that Gopal Chhotray was a legend whose plays are equally appreciated by the masses and the classes. Prof. Sumanyu Satpathy, very eminent scholar and critic outlined the varieties and vitalities of Gopal Chhotray’s play works in his erudite key note address. He also said that every play of Gopal Chhotray begins with an extraordinary thematic throw and that force the audience to go deeper into the subsequent scenes to come. He was one of the mass icons of our time who was capable to understand the pulses of his time and the world, Shri Satpathy told. Veteran theatre personality Shri Ananta Mohapatra presided over the inaugural session and n his presidential address Shri Mahapatra described Gopal Chhotray as the biggest iconoclast of his time. Supplementing Manoj Mitra’s proposal of translation, Shri Mohapatra told that as neighbor Bengalis and Odias must translate each other with great frequency. Goutam Paul, the officer-in-charge of Sahitya Akademi, Kolkota proposed the official vote of thanks.
The first academic session of the seminar was quite vibrant and the speakers in the panel spoke out multi faceted talents of Shri Chhotray with great details and clarity. The session was begun with the display of a documentary film on Shri Chhotray’s life and work. Talking about Gopal Chhotray’s life as a writer and cultural activist, Biyotprajna Tripathy, fiction writer and film maker presented panoramic snap shots of the maestro’s life. She said that the family and the world co existed in one single point and that point was the artist within the veteran. She very carefully presented three vital aspects of Gopal Chhotray’s literature; political world view, sense of humor and involvement with the people. Following Ms. Tripathy veteran film maker, actor and political figure Shri Prashanta Nanda spoke about his personal intimacy with the great playwright. Exact pick of words for a dialogue makes most of his plays and films super hits, said Shri Nanda. Scholar and the former head of the Odia department of Utkal University Prof. Sanghamitra Mishra presented her paper on the thematic varieties and multi folded styles of Chhotray’s play. Presiding on the session veteran playwright and film personality Bijay Mishra spoke about his friendship with the legend and also he reminded the audience that there will be no second Gopal Chhotray in any part of the world. Banoj Tripathy, Member, Odia advisory board, proposed the vote of thanks.
The post lunch session was focused on other genres of Chhotray’s writing. Playwright and scholar Dr. Bijay Kumar Satpathy spoke about the autobiography of Shri Chhotray. Prof. Satpathy said that “Bharasa’, “parakalama” and “Shankha Sindura’ are three major plays for which he shall be remembered for ever. Talking on the political humor and satire in Chhotray’s play veteran journalist Prashanta Patnaik spoke that Chhotray was a classic blend of intellectual intensity and general sensibilities. Presenting the concluding remarks on the seminar renowned poet, fiction writer and celebrity lyricist, also the son of Gopal Chhotray, Shri Devdas Chhotray presented an outstanding personal narrative on his father’s life and literature. His speech was intensely personal blended with an objective analysis. The concluding session was being chaired by Prof. Prafulla Kumar Mohanty. In his presidential address Shri Mohanty analyzed the unique dramatic language of Shri Chhotray. Vote of thanks was proposed by Banoj Tripathy.
The seminar was a fully crowded one a galaxy of writers, theater personalities and film folks attended it. Former president of Sahitya Akademi Ramakant Rath, fictionist Bibhuti Patnaik, Dhira Biswal, Adhyapak Biswaranjan, Rajendra Kishore Panda and many more writers were present in the event.