Litigation and Modi Mission seem sic passim the letter of Jayanti Natarajan

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Jayanti Natarajan’s letter to Sonia Gandhi, dated November 5, 2014, was not supposed to reach the Press. But it reached the Press and got circulated.

She has not denied the letter. But, on the other hand, has added strength to it through media yesterday.

If she is to be believed, Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s role was not becoming of the position he was holding.

But, she has no grievance against Singh.

What, then, Jayanti’s letter aims at?

It aims at dragging Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to litigation for the damage allegedly done to her and her family’s reputation by forcing her to resign from the post of Union Minister of State (I/C) Environment and Forest on December 20, 2013.

To make out the case, she has first focused on what a family of high repute she hails from and then proceeded to how her personal and family reputation has been tarnished and shattered by making her resign from the ministerial post she was holding.

She has raised the question of ‘natural justice’ which was and has been denied to her at the time of and after her enforced resignation. “If indeed I had been guilty of wrongdoing, I would have been happy to have been given a chance to defend myself, and I would have emerged pure and transparent and victorious.This opportunity was not given to me” she has said.

Thus making out a case of denial of natural justice to her, she has alleged, “Until now, I have been unable to understand what was wrongdoing committed by me to suddenly receive what was virtually a sentence of death”.

And, then, she has enumerated the damages done to her in these words:

“Over the last 11 months I have undergone untold mental and physical agony, as a result of this incident. I have major health issues due to my tension and humiliation over the treatment meted out to me, and my future looks bleak”.

Possibly she is contemplating a damage suit against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, holding them responsible for her enforced resignation from her ministerial position, as she has made it clear that she never holds the then Prime Minister responsible for what made her “humiliated so brutally”.

“The then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh wrote a letter to me, accepting my resignation, in which he praised the excellent work I had done as Minister, and what he termed my valuable contribution as Minister. In these circumstances, it was clearly not the Prime Minister nor my work in Government, which led to my ouster as Minister”, she has declared.

If she is not planning to drag Sonia and Rahul to the Court, she would not have been so emphatic in confronting Sonia with how she and Rahul had denied her natural justice.

“I want to place on record, that from December 20, 2013, until now, I have still not been told by you, why I was asked to resign from the Council of Ministers, nor have I ever been asked or given an opportunity to explain, if indeed I had committed any wrongdoing” she has said while further asserting that her letter is meant to do justice to her family “legacy” damaged by her “humiliation”.

“I wish to record that I tried several times to meet Shri Rahul Gandhi and you, but was not given an appointment” whereas “I need to save the legacy of my family; or children and my future generations will not forgive me”.

Interestingly, Natarajan has depicted in her letter how she was forced against her will to attack Modi in ‘snoopgate’ . To quote her:

“While I was still a Minister, an important matter which has caused me great agitation is the fact that I was called upon to attack the present Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on what is referred to in the media as ‘Snoopgate’.

“Despite the fact that I initially refused, because I thought that the party should attack Shri Modi on policy and governance and not drag an unknown woman into a controversy, Shri Ajay Maken telephoned me on November 16, 2013, while I was on tour and asked me to come to Delhi immediately to address a press conference on the issue. I expressed my disinclination to do this, and refused the assignment, mentioning that I was a Minister at that time, and this should not be taken as the point of view of Government. I suggested perhaps an Official Spokesperson should do the Press Conference, if so desired. Shri Maken told me once again, that this was a decision taken at “the highest level” and that I had no choice in the matter. After the press conference throughout the controversy which followed I was told by Shri Maken to fiercely attack Shri Modi, on TV channels and during debates, although I was otherwise never fielded in the media after appointment as Minister”.

Considering her disposition displayed in her letter, it is difficult to accept that she was also taking orders from Maken and implementing them.

So the mention of the Modi matter, indicating that in her view it was wrong to attack Modi, has a strong indication and that is, Kalyani Natarajan is building her up for Modi Mission.

Orissa is equipped with unique data on its letters: Latest part of Sahitya Mahabharat launched

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

AMJournalist Asit Mohanty, the insightful untiring author, whose works cover major areas of Oriya literature, has come out with his latest part of Sahitya Mahabharat, a compilation of his column of the same caption, which Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – chief of ‘Eastern Media’ where he works – released in the evening of January 27 in presence of Sri Rabi Kanungo, editor of Suryaprava, wherefrom the acclaimed column was reaching the readers every fortnight.

SM-CStyled in terms of the epic of principled battle, this part is presented as the second ‘Parva’ and with this, Orissa is now equipped with unique data that help studying contemporary Orissa’ scenario of letters, with its magnificence, and its contradictions.

The compilation provides Orissan authors with a perfect mirror to locate where black spots affect their brilliance.

The column ‘Sahitya Mahabharat’ had generated lots of interest in Orissa as its author was not in byline, but under a pseudonym: ‘Sri Sanjay’. Often hit with his depictions, fame-seekers and award mongers amongst Orissa’s persons of letters were wondering who Sri Sanjay was, even though sagacious analysis and style of the write-ups was making some of them assume that the pseudonym must be of Asit Mohanty.

Release of Sahitya MahabharatPublisher of the compilation Sri Saroj Bal of Orissa’s stylish publishing house ‘Time Pass’ used the occasion to take the curtain off Sri Sanjay. Asit Mohanty came out of the pseudonym.

Editor of Suryapraava Sri Rabi Kanungo gave a great account of the stir the caustic column was making amongst the State’s authors and how he was to disappoint many of his personal friends eager to know the real name of the columnist.

Editor of Sambad and founder of Ama Odisha Sri Soumyaranjan Patnaik, in releasing the book, expressed pride over having a colleague who so ably has acted such a sentinel of Oriya literature. True, many men of letters revolve around Estern Media. But, lest they feel embarrassed, using a pseudonym and that too in a different forum was not necessary for Mr. Mohanty, he said. Uncompromising criticism helps excellence grow and hence Orissa’s writers should welcome both the volumes of Sahitya Mahabharat, opined Patnaik.

Eminent author and scholar Prof. Biswaranjan discussed on the book. We like to share his speech verbatim. It is in Oriya language and meant for the Oriyas of the world.

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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