‘Odisha changed the course of Indian history’

‘Odisha changed the course of Indian history’

ITANAGAR, Apr 1: Odisha is a fabulous state that changed the course of Indian history as Mauryann emperor Ashoka failed to defeat the brave Utkala warriors during the infamous Kalinga War but turned a peace messenger by adopting Buddhism.

From this emanated a clear-cut message for the humanity as Ashoka, who earned the sobriquet of Chandashoka by butchering 100,000 fighters and capturing 150,000 more, had turned Dharamasoka, he cited.

Addressing the 83rd Utakala Diwas celebration at the college auditorium here, he said that Odias serving in various capacitates in this sensitive border state of Arunachal Pradesh have always reflected their patriotism as was proved by Utakaliyas during Kalinga war in 261 BCE.

Buddhisim ultimately established link between Utkal and NEFA (present Arunachal) with his messenger son Mahinda and daughter Sanghamitta while preaching Buddhism had returned home from Burma (Myanmar) through Arunachal.

Binding multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual Indians together poses great challenges as regional aspirations give thrust otherwise, he said and called for maintaining unity and integrity of the motherland.

The efforts of Arunachal Utkal Sanskrutika Parisahd (AUSP), representing Odias from Odisha, in this direction is praiseworthy, he said.

The very presence of my teacher (Dr Nishamani Kar of RGU) is proof of the vital role that the Odias play in education sector, he added.

The Odias decided unanimously to continue to serve this fast developing state with new vigour in response to call by AUSP president Chabi Nayak. Odiays working sincerely in education, media, trade, state and central Govts etc have been contributing to state building, he said, adding this community discharges its duty always with commitment.

AUSP treasurer Santosh Das recalled the history of Utakala, formed on this day in 1936 as the first linguist state in Indian history as pioneered by barrister Madhusudhan Das to be known as Utakala Gauraba.

Veteran journalist Pradeep Kumar stated that former Governor Surendra Nath Dwivedi was instrumental in holding 1st Utkal Diwas at Raj Bhawan here in 1992 that gave birth to AUSP.

Endorsing Dr Rikam’s concern for national integration, Kumar disclosed that the National Youth Project (NYP) of which he is the vice president is engaged in conducting national integration youth camp to achieve the goal.

Kumar said that media only serves as medium and made a fervent appeal to all to give back to the motherland and to the society which have made what they are today.

The event dotted with cultural programmes, showcasing the age-old Jagganath tradition for which the state is globally known, coincided with the April Fools’ Day.

An animated film by DNGC assistant professor(education) Shushanta Kumar Nayak on history of Odisha and classical Odissi dances by Khusi Sharma, Pratima Dash & Nilatpal Sahoo and melodious Odiya numbers by Dr Anuradha Panighrahi (DNGC physics HoD), Namrata Sahu, Sarojini Sahoo and Bijoy Das (intelligence officer) captivated the audience.

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