Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 11:
Irony died a thousand deaths. At about noon today. Immediately after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik or whoever tweets for him from his verified twitter handle pledged “to continue efforts to preserve, protect & promote Odia language & culture” in a semi-Odia tweet written in English script.
“On Sastriya Odia Bhasha Day, we pledge to continue efforts to preserve, protect & promote Odia language & culture,” read the peculiar tweet from Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) at about noon today.
Coming as it does from the 16-year-and-counting Chief Minister of the state, if an English tweet to promote Odia was not odd enough, Naveen goofed up the spelling of ‘Shastriya’ and typed ‘Sastriya’ and instead Dibasa typed ‘day’ making it a ‘khechudi’ affair.
Making matters worse, the halfhearted attempt of the man who doesn’t speak the language didn’t go unnoticed as Odia Twitterati trolled back their “Manima” for his blunder.
Here, we bring you a select few.
Clearly, even a complete English tweet saying ‘Classical Odia Language Day’ would have been way better and easily forgiven.
It may be mentioned here that the ‘Classical Language Advisory Committee’ of Odisha Government on January 17, 2015 took a call to observe March 11 as ‘Classical Odia Language Day’ every year to commemorate the March 11, 2014 gazette notification of Centre recognising Odia as a classical language.
Odia is the sixth Indian language to be conferred the classical status after Sanskrit, Kannad, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.