Saturday, 4 August 2018

The Migrated

      There is a place in the eastern coastal of India. The state had some prosperous history. But with time, the prosperity was lost and as if many things went wrong. Due to Govt inaction, there was unemployment and people started seeking jobs in other states. But it does not mean that other state people don't work in that state. Others also work there in mining, mineral sector and many as vendors and in shops. but when it comes to 'getting bad name for migration', those people from THAT less-populated state get it. It is as if others never migrate. But once taken the count, picture will be different though.

Many from THAT state think "We had nothing. Our condition as bad as like this previously.". It is somewhat like self-cursing.
Did British rule make the people like that?
Or Did the longterm outward migration after 1947 change the mind of the people towards own native state?
Or The people had that tendency and properly utilized by some outsiders?

There was a Jain King called Kharabela. He belonged to Chedi dynasty. As he was Jain and Chedi dynasty is known to be from Northern India, some historians wrote the King's family to be from North and so he is.
Ganga dynasty was spread into two places. Karnataka side was called Western Ganga dynasty and and the part towards the eastern state was called Eastern Ganga dynasty. But the area where the Eastern Ganga started borders a state with different language, i..e Telugu. So, some historians tried to project the Eastern Ganga dynasty as Telugu.

There was a great person who was born in THAT state and is well known in India his Dasabatara/Dasavatar/Dasavataram stutee is well known but his birthplace was changed in history to be from Bengal. Then some people of THAT state tried their best, gathered proofs and finally intellectuals agreed that Sri Jayadeba was (who wrote Gita Gobinda) was from THAT state.

Long time back, an intellectual from some other place state wrote "Untouchables live in THAT state and if you visit there, you will be untouchable." See the contradiction. There is a very big temple in THAT state but the people who come from other places to visit would get untouchable. 

While analysing all these things, a fellow named Chagala thought 
1)Why dont the majority of THAT state reply back with the same question when the question of migration is raised? 
2)Why dont THAT state people argue when some fellows propagate false nativity about their Kings? 
3) Why dont THAT state people tell anything when the propaganda about untouchability of THAT state is still prevalent in some other places? 

After thinking all these things, Chagala was just relaxing. I thought of visiting him and went to his place. We had a chat. Chagala was happy to talk to me in our Matrubhasa/Mothertongue. Other than our mothertongue, there are 20+ languages surviving in my state. 

Chagala told "Do you know about our special pronunciation of 'a/o' as in the last 'a' of the word 'Jagannatha'? It matches with Spanish, Japanese, eg. Just like "o" in the word 'Doctor'. Do you know the word for 'mother' is 'Bou' and in Indonesia it is 'Bu'?". 
I just told him "People tell that everything is Sanskrit. Rest of the things originated from it and so is the match". It irritated Chagala and he replied "THERE ARE SIX LANGUAGES IN INDIA WHICH HAVE GOT CLASSICAL STATUS. Indian Govt gave classical status to Tamil in 2004, Sanskrit in 2005, Kannada and Telugu in 2008, Malayalam in 2013, and Odia in 2014. The languages which prove themselves not to be derived from any other language and fulfill some other criteria get classical status. When five languages other than Sanskrit have got classical status, how come you tell that everything originated from Sanskrit? How Indian Govt gave classical status to the derived ones?" 

I just said sorry to him as I did not know all these things. But while leaving  his place, he told me "I am temporarily migrated and you too but but your soul is permanently migrated like some others to the state of Trishanku". The last word 'Trishanku' was resounding in my mind as 'Trishanku Trishanku Trishanku ...nku ...nku ...nku'. Suddenly I realised that it was not the resound but my mobile alarm was ringing. 😊

Ashish Kumar Nayak 

[THAT state is Odisha and THAT language is Odia.]

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