Bhubaneswar: 24/9/23:Odisha is witnessing a paradigm shift on the foundation of a transformative governance, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday in the eleventh Odisha Literary Festival of the New Indian Express.
While presenting a thesis with the theme, the ‘Ideas of Identity’ Naveen said, “In this age of binaries, we are expected to be one or the other. But that is not something the Odias appreciate. We have so many identities and we celebrate them all. However, I believe, a society’s identity is defined by its core values”.
Naveen also said the historical Odisha is defined by the Kalinga War. The determination to fight to the finish changed the course of history. It spread the message of peace and non-violence. That is what Odisha continues to stand for even today. The glorious era of emperor Kharavela re-established Odia’s identity as a vibrant society. There was a time when Odisha was separated into many administrative blocks. New ideas will keep us navigating to the future. They are bits of our greater socio-economic and cultural identity Peace, non-violence, and social cohesion will remain our eternal values as the roots of our growing identity.
“While we displayed immense courage for the formation of a state on the basis of our linguistic identity, we sorted out a long complicated issue by providing a simple solution for the formation of states in Independent India. There was a time when some didn’t consider Odia as a separate language. Today it is a recognized classical language”, Naveen added.
Elaborating Jagannath Cult, Naveen said, “The spiritual Odisha is deeply embedded in the worship of Lord Jagannath. The Jagannath culture is a narrative of our values in respecting all religions, and all cultures. Odisha’s social cohesion is one of the strongest. We are proud of this great social wealth”.
The contemporary Odisha, with experience of the past, looks to take a transformative dive into the future. The process of creating the identity of a forward-looking modern society in Odisha with all the basic ideologies intact is on.
“We are transforming our society. Our education, our healthcare, our agriculture everything is witnessing a paradigm shift on the foundation of a transformative governance. Our women feel empowered, delivering strong leadership in every part of our society. Our people are more confident of their future now than they were ever before. This newfound self-confidence is generating another core value of our society leading to Ama Odisha Naveen Odisha”, Patnaik added