Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack/Bhubaneswar, May 28:
The Odisha High Court today granted an interim stay on the publication and distribution of the controversial Odia Barnabodha- Odia primer published by the state-run Odisha Bhasa Pratisthan (OBP).
The High Court today pronounced its interim order restraining further publication and distribution of the revised new edition of the Odia Barnabodha published by the state-run OBP in response to PILs filed by noted Odia writer Binapani Mohanty and Anant Debadarshi, convenor, Odia Chetana Parishad seeking restraint on the distribution of the controversial new Odia primer.
The petitioners had contended that the new edition of the Odia Barnabodha published by the OBP was ‘distorted’ and ridden with flaws and also that opinions of technical experts were not taken prior to making alterations to the 130-year old primer written by Bhaktakabi Madhusudan Rao.
The petitioner, writer Binapani Mohanty’s advocate Prabir Kumar Ray said the High Court, while taking cognizance of the case and hearing the arguments put forth before it, ordered an interim stay in the matter while fixing the date for the next hearing after the court reopens post summer vacation.
Ray said the petitioners have challenged the decision to revise the Barnabodha as the OHP has not taken the opinion or views of experts nor has it provided any scientific logic for such revisions/alterations.
Dr Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, director, OBP in his reaction said though they were yet to receive the High Court notice in the matter, they are aware of the interim stay order.
“How can the OHP, which with the help from top linguists succeeded in its mission to get Odia the status of a classical language, ever dare to distort the language or insult Madhusudan Rao as some people are saying ?” he asked, adding, the OBP would offer its arguments in favour of the changes before the court .