Another Blunder After ‘AIR ASIA’ Incident; Now This Odisha Railway Station Gives Ticket With Bengali Printing On It!

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Just after the Air Asia ad incident where the Ad was published in Bengali language in our state instead of our mother tongue, yet devastating news has caught our attention where our own railway authorities have failed us in a very disrespectful manner.

On 12th July 2017, a twitter user named Rakesh Mishra brought up the issue to the Odisha CMO’s notice on twitter via a tweet which had a picture of a platform ticket from Balasore railway station with instructions written in Bengali language rather than Odia.

The CMO thanked him for the tweet and informed that the issue has been forwarded to the commerce and transport department of Odisha. Later, the commerce and transport department replied that as per norm, Odia language should be given priority in the state .The issue has now been forwarded to the railway ministry for rectification.

Even this language bias can be seen in ticket booking slips where you can write in English or Hindi but if fonts are not clear then you have to write in Bengali. Like really? Look How Rakesh Mishra thrashed the govt in a series of tweet which got a lot of support online.


And eventually twitter reacted..


How are we supposed to write in Bengali in Odisha? These issues were being neglected in the past but since the language issue took toll in recent few months. We have come across many such irresponsible mistakes.  This is now a really common scenario where people misconstrue the difference between Odia and Bengali, but that is far from reality. Odia language originated from Kalinga Script and is one of its kind and unique whereas Bangla language originated from Siddha script which shares similarities with Maithili and Assamese.

Yes we are all for one and one for all, we are Indians first and then Odia, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, etc. We respect each language and yeah no offence to Bangla language as well but Odisha needs to have Odia not Bengali.

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