Bhubaneswar: Taking mind off of the growing concern over novel-Coronavirus, people of the State on Wednesday remembered the champions of the Odisha statehood movement on the 85th anniversary of Utkal Diwas.
People commemorated the sacrifices made by leaders for the formation of Odisha as a separate State on this day in 1936 when it was carved out of the combined Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province.
Taking to Twitter, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Governor Ganeshi Lal extended greetings to the people of the State on the occasion which marks the formation of Odisha on a linguistic basis.
“I convey my greetings to the people of Odisha on the occasion of Utkal Diwas. I pay tribute to the legends who played a pivotal role in the formation of Odisha State,” the CM said in a video message.
“Odisha created a special identity for itself in various development prospects. The State is also leading in the field of disaster management. I believe, we will certainly emerge victorious in our fight against Coronavirus,” the CM added.
Stating that Odias are known for bravery, he stressed that in times of COVID-19 we need to show our unity and integrity. He also urged people to protect oneself and one's family by following the guidelines implemented by the State as well as Centre to contain spread of Coronavirus.
ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଦିବସରେ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ। ଆମେ ଓଡ଼ିଆମାନେ ଆମ ଏକତା, ବୀରତ୍ୱ ଓ ସ୍ୱାଭିମାନୀପଣିଆ ପାଇଁ ପରିଚିତ। ହେଲେ ଏବେ ବୀରତ୍ୱ ନୁହେଁ ଆମ ଏକତା ଓ ସ୍ୱାଭିମାନୀପଣିଆ ଦୁନିଆକୁ ଦେଖାଇବାର ସମୟ। ଆସନ୍ତୁ ଦୃଢତାରେ କରୋନା ମୁକାବିଲା କରିବା ସହ ନିଜକୁ ଓ ନିଜ ପରିବାରକୁ ସୁରକ୍ଷିତ ରଖିବା। ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ। #OdishaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/T8PXaZsgBz
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 1, 2020
Similarly, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal extended greetings on the occasion and called upon people to take a pledge to join the fight against coronavirus and make State proud.
ପବିତ୍ର ଓଡିଶା ଦିବସ ଉପଲକ୍ଷେ ମାନ୍ୟବର ରାଜ୍ୟପାଳ ପ୍ରଫେସର ଶ୍ରୀ ଗଣେଶୀ ଲାଲ୍ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ଓ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ଜଣାଇଛନ୍ତି। ଓଡିଶାକୁ ଏକ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ ଓ ବିକଶିତ ରାଜ୍ୟରେ ପରିଣତ କରିବା ପାଇଁ ସମସ୍ତେ ସଂକଳ୍ପବଦ୍ଧ ହେବା ସହ ସଂପ୍ରତି କରୋନା ବିରୋଧରେ ଓଡିଶାର ଲଢେଇରେ ସାମିଲ ହେବାକୁ ଆହ୍ଵାନ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି। #UtkalaDibasa pic.twitter.com/8JXgXQppQa
— Governor Odisha (@GovernorOdisha) April 1, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind also greeted the people and wished for peace, prosperity and development of Odisha.
ଉତ୍କଳ ଦିବସ ପାଳନ ଅବସରରେ ସମସ୍ତ ରାଜ୍ୟବାସୀଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ଓ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା । ରାଜ୍ୟର ଭବିଷ୍ୟତ ଉଜ୍ୱଳମୟ, ଶାନ୍ତିପ୍ରିୟ ଏବଂ ସମୃଦ୍ଧଶାଳୀ ହେଉ ଏହା ହିଁ ମୋର କାମନା । #OdishaDay
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 1, 2020
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also took to Twitter to convey good wishes to the people of Odisha on the occasion of Utkal Diwas.
Greetings to the people of Odisha on Utkal Divas. The nation has always benefited from the contributions of the people of the state. On this important day, I convey my good wishes to the people for all their future endeavours. #UtkalaDibasa #Odisha
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) April 1, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too wished the people of Odisha on the occasion. "Utkala Dibasa greetings to my sisters & brothers of Odisha. Praying for Odisha's constant progress & prosperity in the times to come," he tweeted.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ସମସ୍ତ ଭାଇ ଭଉଣୀମାନଙ୍କୁ ଉତ୍କଳ ଦିବସର ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ । ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନ ମାନଙ୍କରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପ୍ରଗତି ଓ ଅଗ୍ରଗତି ପାଇଁ ମୋର ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା ।
Utkala Dibasa greetings to my sisters and brothers of Odisha. Praying for Odisha's constant progress and prosperity in the times to come.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 1, 2020
The national vice-president and spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jay Panda also wished everyone on the occasion.
Wish everyone a happy #UtkalaDibasa
Celebrating Odisha’s statehood, as also its modern renaissance, with the resurgent recognition of our culture, art, language, tourism & much more.
These are difficult times, but when things return to normal, do visit ????
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) April 1, 2020
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also wished the people of Odisha on the occasion and paid tributes to the late leaders who had fought for the state's identity.
ପବିତ୍ର ଉତ୍କଳ ଦିବସ ଅବସରରେ ମୋର ସମସ୍ତ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଭାଇ ଓ ଭଉଣୀ ମାନଙ୍କୁ ହାର୍ଦ୍ଦିକ ଅଭିନନ୍ଦନ ।
ଏହି ଅବସରରେ ସ୍ୱତନ୍ତ୍ର ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରଦେଶ ଗଠନର କର୍ଣ୍ଣଧାରମାନଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି ।
ବନ୍ଦେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଜନନୀ । pic.twitter.com/wX9BCdYZyV
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) April 1, 2020
Unlike previous years when a number of functions and programmes were organised to commemorate the day, this year no celebrations are being held in view of Coronavirus crisis and lockdown across the country.
Meanwhile, litterateurs opined that Odisha which successfully came out of 'Na-anka Durbhikhya' or the world's worst famine of 1866 can tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.
"Odia language and literature are now under house arrest due to the threat posed by coronavirus. Neither newspapers, not literature books and magazines are being published now. We are fighting with an invisible enemy. Even the State government does not know how far the uncertainty will continue,” said writer Bibhuti Pattanaik.
“This is the first time we are observing the Utkal Diwas under the shadow of a health crisis. It reminds us that the Odia community which had successfully overcame many such calamities can fight Coronavirus with a similar spirit,” said noted litterateur Haraprasad Das.