Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 17:
Peeved over the usage of some words in the regional media to describe persons and acts related to Maoism, former Odisha minister and senior Congress leader Niranjan Pattnaik on Monday urged the fourth pillar of democracy to refrain from misleading usage of the language.
“The regional media is referring to Maoists as Mao, Maoist violence as Mao violence, Maoist literature as Mao literature, Maoist camp as Mao camp, Maoist uniform as Mao uniform and Maoist leader as Mao leader in their news reports. Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. Anybody involved in Maoist violence or following his ideology cannot be termed as Mao,” Pattnaik said.
Equating Maoist as Mao is a wrong usage both in terms of Odia grammar and ideology. While the English media has been referring to it as Maoist, the usage in Odia media as Mao is misleading, Pattnaik said in a statement.
It is the responsibility of the media to rectify such errors, Pattnaik suggested.