Is continuous misrule changing the character of young men in Orissa?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

I was returning from my native place Tigiria to my workplace Bhubaneswar on January 25. It was around midnight. I was enjoying the loneliness with a speed of 60km, which I usually do. After Kuspangi, around 15 motorcycle riders overtook me and to my bewilderment covered the entire road from one side to the other.

Shockingly, mine was the only car on the road from Kuspangi side.

When a vehicle was approaching from the front side, the fellows were siding to left and instantly thereafter were blocking my passage.

I cannot say that, alone in the car I had not panicked. There is a police station at Chowdwar and its number is in my mobile phone. I tried to call the police station, but failed. There was no signal. Every BSNL user suffers from lack of connectivity so often that to me it was not unusual. In that situation, I had to keep my composure. I stopped blowing horn seeking passage and reduced my speed gradually to 40km. The fellows also reduced their speed. I maintained the same speed. I expected two things to happen thereby. Firstly, on noticing that I was driving unperturbed, the fellows – if they were criminals – would be perturbed themselves and flee; because every criminal suffers from fear within. Secondly, if they were not criminals but behaving like that as a matter of fun, they will not like to miss the thrill of motorcycling in speed on a trafficless highway for a longer period and would eventually speed away. But to my horror, they came to a halt to force me to halt.

I apprehended that some mischief was brewing in their mind.  I decided to defend myself in whatsoever manner my mind would then dictate, without bothering for the police.

while returning from Tigiria in the night

Therefore, I took a picture of the roadblocking gang and prepared myself for the worst eventuality. A truck was parking in the left side of the road. Two uniformed men arrived in a motor cycle.

The gang dispersed.

During last 40 years, I have enjoyed the lonely roads in the night in a two-wheeler or in a car often alone and sometimes with my wife. But never have I had the experience of a gang on two-wheelers obstructing my movement in such a mischievous manner.

Is the prevalent phase of misrule changing the character of young men in Orissa?

Delhi voters should study this scenario

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

BJP never takes to confidence any person immediately on joining the party. It takes a lot of time to test the loyalty of the member before considering him/her for candidacy to any house of people’s representatives. In view of this, putting former police officer Kiran Bedi as a candidate for Delhi Assembly and simultaneously declaring her as the chief-ministerial candidate, immediately after her joining the party, seems very abnormal on part of BJP.

And the party of the obstinate communalists and rabid practitioners of capitalism is not supposed to act such abnormally, particularly in the matter of pre-setting a person for the top political post of the National Capital State.

So, is it possible that Kiran Bedi was secretly associated with BJP all through and has established her loyalty to BJP in the secret horizon of nefarious political design of the capitalists, which the top brass of the party had kept hidden from its rank and file so far with a secret agenda?

This prompts us to put our eyes on what was she doing as a secret agent of BJP,

She was an active member of Anna Team that had hijacked people’s awakening against capitalism in the last leg of the anti people administration of Manmohan Singh. Indian masses in general and media in particular have failed to read this reality. But lack of anybody’s ability to read history does not diminish the relevance of history, of what the people have seen, of what the Time was.

Trader-supremacism

Capitalism under Manmohan Singh had given birth to a time when people of India were devastated by trader-supremacism, having lost their inherent consumer-right to bargain on price of a commodity.

Singh, to whom strong opponents of his wrong economic policies were “left-viruses”, had been running a government that was helping the profiteers fleece the people by charging retail prices as they wished. Official responsibility of fixing “Maximum Retail Price” had been unofficially discarded and profiteers were putting price tags as arbitrarily as their avarice was prompting, which the consumers were being forced to pay or were being shown the door for reluctance to comply with whatever price the trader was charging. This trader-supremacism had spread from the malls to general markets. And, people were perishing as cost of living was skyrocketing.

It was clear that capitalism was killing the country.

Singh had no answer

Except recalcitrance and evasiveness, Manmohan Singh and his gang, who had been squandering away national wealth to serve the interest of the rich and had been dancing to the tune of America, had no answer to why the country was so pathetically failing in bettering the condition of the common man. Those who have not seen the Manmohan Singh phase of India’s life may never know how anti-people and anti-nation an elected government could ever be.

“Nonsense”

The year 2011 had witnessed how people of India were waking up against Manmohan Singh and his co-agents of capitalism. Singh had thrown the Country into such a labyrinth of corruption and chaos that, even experienced Congress leaders were seeking his replacement. His ill manners to escape answerability had provoked even Rahul Gandhi to use the word ‘nonsense’ which nobody with an iota of faith that whatever he was doing was intended to do good to the country could ever have digested. But Singh digested. He knew that adoption of the political economy of capitalism had harmed the country; but he had no courage to confess and step back. He was to continue in office till the people’s wrath against capitalism fizzles out or gets diverted to any peripheral syndrome towards which the capitalists had by then been working.

Capitalists’ strategy

The capitalists were sure that people’s fury against Singh and his gang would wipe out their prospects in India.Therefore, they were actively working to devise tricks to divert people’s attention from evils of capitalism to any evil of administration that may tally with the people’s awakening for a change, but keep capitalism safe.

The known instrument of capitalism – BJP – was too discredited under Vajpayee’s misrule to be of any direct help immediately. Therefore, strategically, the capitalist think tank did not want to project BJP as alternative to Congress, but preferred to project an individual who would appear like a Gandhian to be acceptable by all and could be used to divert the rising upsurge against evils of capitalism to a peripheral matter.

Exactly as Jayprakash Narayan was used to foil the spontaneous mass upsurge of the 1970s by projecting ‘Party-less democracy” as the remedy to ‘corrupt democracy’, Anna Hazare was used to foil the mass awakening of 2011against capitalistic misrule of Manmohan Singh by diverting it to a demand for Lokapal that he later called Jan Lokpal, which he claimed would end ‘corruption’ – the cause of misrule.

Methods were contrived to generate mass support for Anna so that people eager to strengthen their revolt against capitalistic corruption would accept him as the leader.

Specific media persons including Goebbels of Vajpayee in 2004 election, were hired to project Hazare as the new Avatar of Gandhi.Then the others to team up with Ana were picked up and planted. Kiran Vedi was one of them.

The ‘Anna Team’ as the media projected them, had only one purpose: creation of Lokpal that they eventually called – Jan Lokpal, christening their action as ‘India against corruption’.

Tricks of diversion

With corporate media severely affecting free thinking process of the common man while simultaneously projecting Hazare as the new incarnation of Gandhiji and rabid and ruling agents of capitalism rushing to him with reverence and assurances to honor his wishes, Anna and his team succeeded in diverting the mass awakening against capitalism to the peripheral issue of ombudsman.

Remarkable it is that, the Anna team had never uttered a single word against capitalism.

Had they not played this mischief, the Modian party might not have come to power. People should have rejected the agents of capitalism as they had rejected Vajpayee in 2004.

Eye-witnessed accouts of 2004

In the Vajpayee context, it may suffice to quote Sekhar Gupta, who, despite the Pro-Vajpayee role of Indian Express, had written there a signed leader saying, “this voter does not allow himself to be swayed by either charisma (in this case Vajpayee’s), or hype, as over “India Shining” backed by testosterone-laden advertisement campaigns” (Sekhar Gupta, Indian Express, May 8, 2004).

As rejection of Vajpayee-induced capitalism was clearly visible, Gupta had to further note, “The lesson is, no matter how much media you buy, how well you misuse the media you own and how much noise you make, this voter will not vote on the idea of “feel-good” unless he is really feeling better than before” (Ibid).

Yet, the people of India, who had rejected Vajpayee for the mischief of capitalism he played, have fallen again in the trap of capitalism as their fight against the capitalistic administration of Manmohan Singh got hijacked by Anna Hazare and his team including Kiran Bedi. Not only Bedi, but many eminent associates of Anna having also joined BJP. It has been clear that secret agents of BJP were with Anna Hazare as per their hidden agenda and have paved the path for continuation of capitalism despite people’s rejection having extinguished Manmohan Singh regime.

Delhi voters should study this scenario before casting their votes for Bedi and her troop.

Modian Party should develop intellectual ability instead of attacking authors like Murugan

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Modian hounds are attacking Tamil Nadu’s acclaimed author Perumal Murugan, whose book ‘Madhorubagan’ has earned tremendous appreciation in the world of letters. But instead of protecting him and freedom of expression, the administration has advised him to stay away from Tiruchengode for his own safety.

The scenario suggests that the obnoxious attacks on the author are resorted to, because. the Modian party, which the Police and administration in Tamil Nadu are now afraid of, has not yet developed its intellectual ability to appreciate a book or counter it on the strength of opposite intellectual and factual polemics.

Madhorubagan, set against early 20th century scenarios of Tiruchengode, was published in 2010 and has remained a hit with several editions. Even its English translation styled ‘One Part Woman’ is running the second edition.

But with frightening growth of Modian Party, Madhorubagan (One Part Woman) is not to grow in readership. Its popularity is not acceptable to Hindu fundamentalists.

The author is facing attacks and threatened with dire consequences. He has in fact gone into exile in fear. His books are put to fire and his peace has been shattered.

If the book is not acceptable to ‘Hindutwa’, the Modian Party should have countered it with intellectual inputs in its own forum or in form of a challenging book. But that, they have resorted to hooliganism to stop circulation of the book and to force the other into ‘exile’, makes it clear that the Modian party has no ability to counter an intellectual product on facts of society.

Mukteswar Dance Festival opened with Leena and Dhiraj in their mesmerizing partnership

By Laxmi Prasad Pattanayak

Mukteswar Dance Festival

LEENAMukteswar Festivals to continue till January 16, opened on 14th with Chorus by Manmath Mishra and troupe followed by the first Oriya receiver of the prestigious Bishmilla Khan Award , Ms. Leena Mohanty presenting her mesmerizing Odissi Solo Dance to the tune of music composed by Guru Dhiraj Kumar Mohapatra.

DhirajGuru Sachidananda Das gave the accompaniment in Mardal, Guru Abhiram Nanda in flute, Guru Swapneswar Chakroverty in Sitar, Guru Agnimitra Behera in Violin. Guru Dhiraj Kumar’s perfect Odissi vocal made the inaugural event memorable.
The second item – Odissi Duet – was presented by Asok Ghosal and Bandita Ghosal. Guru Himansu Shekhar Swain gave the Vocal support, accompanied by Guru Rama Chandra Behera (Mardal), Guru Priti Ranjan Swain (Flute) and Guru Amit Kumar Das (Violin).

The third presentation was Odissi in Group bu the Adruta Dance Group of Bhubasneswar.

Mukteswar Temple Premises, house to the annual festival, was full of connoisseurs inland and foreign.

Minister of Culture & Tourism Ashok Panda and Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Culture Dr. Arababinda Padhi and eminent film artist Nandita Das profusely praised the performers.

My beloved Birthplace Tigiria

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Tigiria, to the lap of which my mother had delivered me, was a beautiful place to live in.

It had tremendous contributions to culture and literature of Orissa. The scripture of warfare – Veera Sarvaswa – was authored here. The scripture of the dance form that is now known as Odissi Dance – Abhinaya Darpana Prakasha – was authored here.

Pandit Bhubaneswar Badapanda, Kabibara Arttabandhu Pattanayak, Prof. Jayakrushna Mishra, Prof. Devi Prasanna Pattanayak are some of the stars Tigiria has posted in the sky of Orissa’s literature.

Entirely humanitarian kings like Banamali Tunga Champatti Singh Mohapatra, revered sentinels like Jagabandhu Rautroy Pattanayak, Freedom fighters like Madhusudan Pattanayak had their birth in this splendid soil.

The world famous Khandua is Tigiria’s contribution to Sri Jagannatha as well as to Odissi Dance. A splendid land of glorious Buddhist past, in post-independence period it has gradually lost its mana to continuous misrule.

Deeply affected by her ruin, in a solitude when none but her was in my heart, that past had enticed me into in its magnificence, which, forms a part of my forthcoming book ‘Ketebele Kemiti’. I am sharing here.

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Somewhere someone sometimes listens; Govt. to fill up 50,000 vacancies under impact of ORISSA MATTERS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Government of the day in Orissa is undoubtedly a very irresponsible government which has been proved by it attempts to escape accountability in the last session of the Assembly. Its entire body is emitting putrefied odor because of blistering scams and scandals.

Yet, somewhere in its anti-people corridors, someone sometimes listens to good advice. Otherwise, a decision to fill up 50,000 vacancies by March this year could not have been made.

The meretricious concern of the government for the people starved of required service from various departments transformed into legal terms in a new law styled “The Orissa Right to Public Service Act 2012” had provoked us to warn that thereby the minified executive would only be harassed and victimized, pushing the State into a new phase of chaos.

We had, and only we had in the whole of media world and thinking community, discussed and pointed out why this new Law shall generate more problems than solution. The discussion was captioned “The Orissa Public Service Act, 2012 will demoralize minified Executive and create Chaos”. It was published on January 5, 2013 almost immediately after the launching of the Act with unprecedented fanfare.

The link below would lead to that discussion.

http://orissamatters.com/2013/01/05/the-orissa-public-services-act-2012-will-demoralize-the-minified-executive-and-create-chaos/

The fear of ORISSA MATTERS came true in cases like punishment of fine imposed by the District Collector on Tahsildar, Bolangir without regard to severe shortage of hand there. We had reacted to the rash action under the caption: Lowest Revenue Officer fined under Right to Public Service Act: But is it the Solution?

ORISSA MATTERS carried the exposure on October 11, 2014. Its link is:

http://orissamatters.com/2014/10/11/lowest-revenue-office-fined-under-right-to-public-service-act-but-is-it-the-solution/

This emphatic exposure of the mischief was seriously viewed in higher echelons of administration that decided to fill up at least 50,000 vacancies by the end of the current financial year.

We shall wait and watch to what extent the decision is carried out.

AIMSS action against atrocities on Women: Preparatory Meeting for 4th Orissa Women Conference

AIMSS prep meetCome January 31, Orissa shall have the fourth Orissa women conference against violation of women’s human rights as well as against wine trade and obscenity.

The conference shall have its open session on the first day at lower PMG square at 11 AM followed by action program adoption the next day.

AIMSSAll India Mahila Sanskrutika Sangathan held its preparatory meet on January 14 in the conference hall of Godavarish Sahitya Sansad, Bhubaneswar. Former Vice Chancellor of Utkal University Prof. Gokulananda Das presided over it. Prof Birendra Nayak, Rtd Prof of Utkal University, ORISSA MATTERS chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Prof Aruna Kumari Mishra (Rtd), eminent artist Ashim Basu, Prof Adwaita Ch. Mohanty, (Rtd), Prof. Dr. Namita Das,  Prof. Dr. Kishro Chandra Das, (Rtd) Smt. Aparna Nayak,( Poet), eminent social activist Sri Purna Behera, State President AIMSS, Smt. Binapani Das, State Vice President AIMSS Smt. Chhabi Mohanty, State Secretary AIMSS Smt. Swayamprava Nayak, Advocate Sukanta Nayak, Prof. Dr. Amarendra Das, and Dr. Ajit Kumar Rout participated and enriched the program with their suggestions.

 

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