Very well written srticle Hrushikesha Sir. We have discussed this several times in the past. The condition of our language is pathetic if one listens to the TV anchors who speak a hybridized accent that is a mix of Odia-Hindi-English - which can just mean they are ashamed of being Odias and try to hide that by their 'nabagunjara' accent. Most of the original odia words are almost lost... perhaps now only restricted to the 'Purnachandra Bhasakosha'.Secondly, Its fine to read in English Medium schools with the intention of competing globally where English is the predominant language. Thats is for "Peta-Posa" .. a software engineer can't write code in Odia or communicate with global counter parts in regional languages. If we really want that to happen the only way is for the Odia's to become a commercially successful nation' (nation - not politically - but culturally; Like You can find Softwares in German, French, Japanese, Chinese Languages apart from English). But the sad part is people are proud using English even for expressing the most personal emotions or reflexive expressions like saying "Oh Shit" in place of "Hey Bhagaban" - that makes them 200% global citizen. I have not yet entered into that league.-----------I had heard it from my Father long ago - a Language needs an army-navy-air force to strengthen itself - otherwise Engish would never have been propagated. Spanish is the most spoken language in the US. We Odia's are proud enough to delight a Bengali/telugu/or northern pilgrim at Jagannath temple - using their own language)
I remember Swabhaba Kabi Gangadhar Meher's poetry - Ucha heba pai kara jebe aasha, Ucha kara tebe nija Matrubhasa. But no one is bothered. Lately Mr. Sanjay Subrata is trying and many others could be linked though, to make Odia a vibrant language. I hope things will turn around if the learned lot came together. But for this a Dedicated Political Willingness is required. I think the problem as regards to language is very complex and massive also. As the example of Japan and China are cited here, it is very simple because these countries speak either one or a common language. Korea, German, England etc are the examples also. And there system is so advanced that the translation is very promptly available to any other International Language. THE 200 yrs of English Rule in India will have its effect and more so because we understand and feel comfortable with it. I will not agree with the idea that people feel proud and show off with English. Come to the South, your ideas regarding English will fall apart. We have not yet devised or accepted common Indian Language where as the constitution has accepted English to be the Official Language. Thats is the real problem. Another problem with us is that, the parents of new generation feel awkward to talk in Odia with their wards / children. This may be with a vision of higher study or a good job outside Odisha. But even than Odia could be encouraged as the laguage in the family - it is very important and the 1st most important thing.
Well written sthambha. Gurunku Pranam. We all want implementation of Odia as official language in the state which was formed on language basis. But struggle of activists and indifferent attitude of ruling elites,the language has not yet been implemented. It must be implemented with an immediate effect.But English must not be in back seat. Because it is non officially official to carry on administration and the window through which one can see the world. We must be committed not fanatic in implementing oDia but liberal towards English.which I may say ' bhasa sampriti '.A true committed language activist is not hypocrite. But do we see it in real field!!!!!Emiti Nua Nua stambha asu.
Sir...khub uchhakotira aau bastabik katha....Hueta nijara jibika nirbaha pain engraji bhasha ra abashyakata rahuchhi....tathapi aame odia bhasha Ku bhuli najiba darkar...Matrubhasha re nijara bhabaku pariprakash kalabele...kahinki kejani keun eka abega hrudaya bhitaru swata prabruta bhabe chaliase.....bahut gurutwapurna prasangatie...dhanyabad sir..apananka lekha share karithibapain....prabashi odia mane apananka lekha padhibaku sakhyam heuchhanti..
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