“All are reluctant to become the Chief Minister” is the caption of today’s streamer of daily Sambad on the occasion of its 33rd birthday. The baffling caption comes from its sister concern Kanak News.
Kanak News, the TV channel owned by the owner of Sambad – Eastern Media Ltd. – in a specific-purpose-event organized on October 3 at State Information Centre (Jayadev Bhavan), Bhubaneswar, asked three eminent leaders of three major political parties to spell out what would be their respective dream if consecrated as Chief Minister of Orissa. Their individual answer had a commonality that made the channel to conclude: none of them dream of becoming the Chief Minister.
The three were Dr. Damodar Raut (BJD), Bijay Mohapatra (BJP) and Narasingh Mishra (Congress).
Why these three persons were chosen for the question is not known, though it is known to any political observer that in their parties none of them is regarded as a chief ministerial candidate.
If Kanak News was serious in its pursuit to find out how an would-be political head should be dreaming about Orissa, it should have invited parties instead of individuals to answer such a pertinent question.
But it seems, primacy of political parties in this Republic doesn’t carry any meaning for channels that eye on income under the pretense of news and prefer person-centric plutocracy to ism-centric democracy.
On Gndhiji’s seventieth birthday in 1939, Albert Einstein had said:
A leader of his people, unsupported by any outward authority; a politician whose success rests not upon craft nor the mastery of technical devices, but simply on the convincing power of his personality; a victorious fighter who has always scorned the use of force; a man of wisdom and humility, armed with resolve and inflexible consistency, who has devoted all his strength to the uplifting of his people and the betterment of their lot; a man who has confronted the brutality of Europe with the dignity of the simple human being, and thus at all times risen superior.
Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.
Even this generation scarce believes that Mahatma Gandhi was a reality.
Otherwise, how is it that the fellows, who stand against everything that Gandhiji stood for, rule the roost?
Does it matter? No. The relevance of Gandhiji is so very irreversible that the community of his killer also sings glory to him, like the Satan sings glory to the God.
Gandhiji was killed, because he refused to be communal. The world knows, communal harmony is the only key to its survival.
And, here, therefore, despite death, Ganghi is alive and will live forever. He was born never to die.
Bhasha Andolan, Orissa has submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Orissa at 11.30am today urging upon him to refuse accent to the Odia University Bill adopted by the Assembly on 14th this month , alleging that, it is pregnant with congenital defects, which, unless removed, would help language mafia on the prowl to prey uopn State-funded research outcomes.
Citing an instance, the Andolan leadership apprised the Governor of how a gang of language mafia acting under the cover of a Trust namely Institute of Odia Studies and Research, has stolen the document prepared by Odia Bhasha Pratisthan in support of the State’s claim for classical status to Oriya language in order to earn for itself an identity as a body of researchers, which identity it was badly in need of to acquire huge streach of land for its private project, incidentally an university, styled Odia University. Read more →
This is the collapsed flyover bridge at Bamikhal, Bhubaneswar that gives a real testimony to how efficiently Sri Naveen Patnaik administers Orissa, which the remote-controlled media house that projected him as the best administering CM of India should juxtapose with its report.
Naveen babu is the minister of works and the collapsed bridge is under construction by the works department through its preferred contractor. He rushed to the Capital Hospital to see the victims and wanted to say something at the sometime.
A friend has sent me a video clip that he captured from the screen of Prameya News7, which bears the picture of the CM uttering a few words in the Capital Hospital. I have put it in youtube for ready reference.
It shows that the CM reads out from a piece of paper what somebody else wants him to say! This is more menacing than the mishap.
Rising from the adjournment that obituary mention had led the Orissa Assembly into on the day of its commencement, as it started on Sept.8 to its scheduled business, the Speaker had to stop the proceedings, the treasury bench having stonewalled the House on the issue of minimum support price for paddy. Two minutes long non-legislative activism of the ruling party MLAs forced an adjournment till 3pm.
But, then came the Opposition Leader’s demand to condemn the contempt shown to the House by the Prime Minister in refusing to meet the Orissa Assembly House Committee members on the same issue. It made the Speaker adjourn the House again till Monday.
An adjournment intended by the main Opposition Congress over MSP was scheduled for discussion; and, therefore, the Speaker should not have stopped the proceedings under the pretense of disruptions beyond his control, though stopping the scheduled business was a treasury bench trick for hijacking Assembly time to rush to Rajbhawan over the same issue in pursuit of political milage, the Opposition Leader alleged.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to have developed a wrong notion that governance of Orissa in Oriya depends upon his mercy. His press-note of December 17 and full page display advertisement in major broadsheets of today force us to arrive at this apprehension.
In his December 17 press note it was declared that he had held a meeting with the five members of the ministerial committee on that day for the purpose of “strictly implementing the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in official and non-official level” to facilitate which a website has been floated by the government. In the full page multi-color advertisement in broadsheet dailies today, this is intriguingly missing.
The advertisement is designed to tell the people that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken historical steps to save and develop Oriya language, and has enumerated the steps he has taken. This is blatant lie. Neither he nor his government has executed any single item claimed to be “historical” in the official advertisement. The entire advertisement is nothing but false propaganda. What a shame it is, that, the people of Orissa are taken for granted by their Chief Minister! Read more →
Legends are the most misguiding mischief aimed at superimposing lies on reality so that indigenous people of an occupied land are kept too dazzled to see the dark face of the rulers and the class of exploiters can keep its victims subjugated to its authority, while forcing them to forget the heroic history of evolution of their own philosophy of life, their own splendid spiritual realizations, their own socio-economic uniqueness, their own ancient culture, their own valorous past, their own way of social integration and their own civilization.
We see this mischief galore in the context of Navakalevara of SriJagannatha.
So, here, we are to rip apart the legends and bring the reality of the Navakalevara to light, as thereby alone we can reach the lost uniqueness of the people of Orissa.
We will use Puri Sankaracharya’s self-proclaimed authority over Navakalevara to proceed with our purpose.
The Oriya daily SAMAJA founded by late Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das, to which, out of their love and reverence for the great humanitarian leader, the people of Orissa had and have been giving their financial and moral support, is in a menacing maze of forgery and loot.
Sadly, two of Gopabandhu’s trusted men – Lingaraj Mishra and Radhanath Rath – who, because of being known so, had the opportunity of becoming cabinet ministers in Orissa, were the masterminds and/or makers of the forgery from which the paper is yet to be salvaged.
Both of them – Lingaraj and Radhanath – had partnered with each other in forging the last WILL of Gopabandhu to grab the Samaja, which being Gopabandhu’s paper was of superb credibility and the greatest political instrument of the day. They had performed this crime behind the screen of and in nexus with Servants of the People Society (SoPS), of which, while breathing his last, Gopabandhu was the Vice-President. Read more →