Mirambika Crisis – Oriya Consciousness – Fakir Mohan Senapati’s novel Chha Mana Atha Guntha, or Six Acres and a Third

As the land obsessed PJ, the new age Mangaraj, forgets the SAES’s objectives and the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, it is time to remind our dear Oriya brothers & sisters that blind faith in the pretentious followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother will not lead to any gain for them or their progeny.

Luckily, the great Oriya writer Senapati’s novel Chha Mana Atha Guntha, or Six Acres and a Third tells us a similar story set in colonial Indian society during the early decades of the 19th century. It tells a tale of wealth and greed, of property and theft. It is the story of an evil landlord, Ramachandra Mangaraj, who exploits poor peasants and uses the legal system to appropriate the property of others. Toward the end of Mangaraj’s story, he is punished by the law and the “Judge Sahib” orders that his “zamindari,” be taken away. It is sold to a lawyer, who — as rumor in the village has it — “will come with ten palanquins followed by five horses and two hundred foot-soldiers” to take possession of Mangaraj’s “zamindari”. The ordinary villagers react to this news by reminding one another of an old saying: “O horse, what difference does it make to you if you are stolen by a thief? You do not get much to eat here; you will not get much to eat there. No matter who becomes the next master, we will remain his slaves. We must look after our own interests.”

So, dear Oriya brother & sisters, listen to your conscience and rise against your good faith being exploited by those who do not represent Sri Aurobindo or the Mother or are ignoring their teachings. In Court and outside, they have repeatedly admitted their obsession with possessing the Mirambika School land by hook or crook and they will now use your names & signatures to justify the slow but sure demise of Mirambika to set up a technical / engineering college in its place. They have used innocent Oriya Diyas to convince you that that college will be for Oriya students but that’s a blatant lie. No engineering college can pick and admit students by choice. It has to be open for all Indians alike so don’t be conned into supporting a sin against Mirambika, which indeed represents the vision & blessing of the Mother. Don’t let Mangaraj pass on his ill gotten “zamindari” to his real estate jackal friends while you say “Mate ekutiya chadi diyantu!

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