Orissa is always so beautiful

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

leafless loveliness

 

It was July 16, this year. Monsoon was in adolescence. Its eager embrace was melting the summer into intermittent showers. Sky was lusciously dressed in clouds. The road was lonely. I was coming back to Bhubaneswar from Rourkela. Time was noon.

 

And on the roadside, in that enticing solitude, I had seen someone whom all these months I have tried to describe, but have never got the words to say what exactly it was.

 

Was it me in my amazement spread from the road to the horizon?

 

Was it just a feeling of becoming one with eternality in enormity of nature?

 

After around four months, this leafless loveliness captured in my iPhone reminds me of that lovely moment.

Orissa is always so beautiful.

The report is old, but certainly most relevant

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Alok Jena, on whose petition the Supreme Court of India has promulgated the current CBI investigation into chit fund felony, has surprised us with his stout suspicion that the Special Director of CBI Anil Kumar Sinha, who is in charge of the investigation, has been trying to derail the inquiry. His press note reveals that Sinha is eager to become the CBI Director and that’s why he wants the ongoing chit fund inquiry go haywire.

Why should Sinha derail the Orissa enquiry if he is interested in acquiring the CBI top post? How can Orissa politicians/IAS and IPS officers of Orissa who figure in course of the current investigation, even Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to whom needle of suspicion is pointing in increasing speed, influence the central government for elevation of Sinha, if the investigation really gets derailed?

As we were searching for a credible answer, we get a clue. If the inquiry is not derailed, the black face of some of the close associates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be unveiled. So, ultimately BJP is to be pleased, if the Orissa Inquiry is derailed by Sinha.

In these pages our stress has been repeatedly laid on the necessity of investigation into involvement of Justice Laxmikant Mohapatra in obliging chit fund cheat Pradip Sethy, which the CBI has not yet done. It has booked former Advocate General Asok Mohanty in matter of a residential plot, whereas the offense centering that particular plot begins with Justice Mohapatra. If the CBI reaches Mohapatra, it may also reach the crux of illegalities resorted to in allocation of plots from discretionary quota to dozens of Judges and powerful functionaries by sheer misuse of position mostly by two persons who were and are top leaders of BJP in Orissa, one, even now heading it. It may come to light, how Modi’s cabinet colleague from Orissa Jewel Oram has benefited from the same sort of illegalities too.

A friend has preferred a video to me in matter of a different posting. Even as I have already used the same, I deem it proper to use it here, because it provides a clue to why the BJP government in the center may be pleased with Sinha if, as suspected by Jena, the ongoing CBI enquiry in Orissa is derailed. The video shows how BJP leaders, when holding cabinet berths as Urban Development Ministers, have misused discretionary quota. We suspect, they have granted this favor to certain judges to buy protection in cases they were involved; and to some others under backhanders, which can only be defined by a faithful CBI, if its enquiry is not derailed.

The report is old; but is certainly most relevant.

Intimidated Samaja Staff sign on Plain Papers: State is Silent!

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

THE SAMAJA is Orissa’s iconic newspaper and belongs to people of Orissa. It was created by five most beloved leaders of the State – famous as Panchasakha of Satyavadi – for imparting political education to the people fighting for reconstruction of their divided motherland and emancipation. Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das was its co-founder and was its forefront editor.

As we have shown earlier, a low-paid shrewd servant of Gopabandhu – Radhanath Rath and an associate of the great leader, whom, despite his mental dullness he had sponsored to Politics – Lingaraj Mishra – had betrayed Gopabandhu and had forged his Will after the original was probated and discarding the probated Will, had used the forged one in all offices to grab the Samaja under cover of Servants of the People Society.

This Society, after death of these two miscreants, has seized the Samaja in its entirety and has been looting its revenue.

Like vultures fight amongst themselves over a carcass, members of this Society are in fight against each other to grab whatever benefit they can and they have reduced the Samaja premises to their internecine battle ground.

Lest the workers wake up against this, they have resorted to blatant unfair practices, have subjected the Union leaders to concocted cases, have illegally dismissed active members of the Union, pushed employees into enforced idleness and as per a press note issued by the Union, have taken signatures of some employees in plain papers by intimidating them. This is happening, because, the State Government never act against illegalities of SoPS.

The press note is in Oriya script and as this posting is addressed to people of Orissa, we give below the same for their perusal.

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We have got Gopabandhu’s Signed and Probated Will: Forgery by Radhanath Rath and Lingaraj Mishra established; State must salvage the Samaja from SoPS

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
We had been trying to find the proof of forgery committed by Radhanath Rath and Lingaraj Mishra to grab the Samaja under cover of the Servants of the People Society (SoPS) and how this society has no legitimacy to keep the Samaja under its occupation.

Finally we have got the proof.

In various articles, specifically the one captioned ‘Samaja in Maze of Forgery’  we had juxtaposed Pandit Nilakantha Das’ eye witness accounts with Prof. Sreeram Chandra Dash’s hearsay narration on writing of Gopabamdhu’s Will.

When, according to Pt. Nilakantha, the Will was written by Radhanath Rath to dictation of Gopabandhu, according to the narration of Prof. Dash – admittedly guided by Radhanath Rath, who had refused Prof. Nityananda Satapathy the access to Gopabandhu’s records under his disposal – Lingaraj Mishra had taken the dictation.

This difference was putting a stymie on my conclusion. This stymie is now removed as we have got, after year long pursuit, the original Will of Gopabandhu signed by him and duly probated.

This original Will makes it clear that Lingaraj Mishra, as claimed by Prof. Dash, had written the Will on which Gopabandhu had put his signature. But there is half truth in Prof. Dash’s narration. On juxtaposing Pt. Nilakantha and Prof. Dash together with the body of Gopabandhu’s signed Will, I am sure that Rath had taken dictation of the draft, from which Lingaraj had made the fair copy and Gopabandhu had signed that fair copy even with expansion of his instructions.

I will elaborate.

The draft dictated by Gopabandhu to his employee Radhanath Rath had ended in 8 Paragraphs.

This 8th paragraph was a single-sentenced declaratory paragraph.

It read, “Babu Jagabandhu Singh, Babu Banamali Das, Pandit Nilakantha Das, Babu Harihar Das and Babu Lingaraj Mishra are appointed hereby as executors of this Will”. Below this sentence, Gopabandhu had put his signature.

But thereafter, it occurred to him that he should make some addition, specifically in favor of his second daughter and her children.

So, he asked Lingaraj to write down his extra instructions on the very same fair copy and thus, to his dictation, Lingaraj had written down rest of the Will. In doing so he had tried to insert the dictation between the last line of Para 8 and the signature of Gopabandhu.
But the insertion could not be compressed into the available space between Para 8 and Gopabandhu’s signature.

Will_Original_Para 8
It had begun as a continuation to Para 8, but had to jump the signature due to want of space.

So, atop the signature, one finds the words:
“The executors are authorized to make cash contribution of rupees five hundred for purchase of land for my second daughter Kirtimayee and the” and beneath the signature, the rest that reads: “Estate shall bear all the educational expenses of this poor second daughter’s children”.

And, then we find Para 9 that Gopabandhu had dictated to Lingaraj on body of the fair copy of the WILL, as otherwise he could not have signed below Para 9 also.

This is why, even though up to Para 8 in the original draft, Gopabandhu had given the dictation to Radhanath Rath, in view of the fair copy produced by Lingaraj from the draft as given to him by Radhanath, and writing of the last portion in addition thereto as dictated to him by Gopabandhu, it is generally accepted that Lingaraj Mishra had written the WILL to dictation of Gopabandhu.

As I have already revealed earlier, Radhanath Rath had shrewdly inserted a sentence in Para 6 for his own benefit before handing over the draft to Lingaraj for fair copy thereof for Gopabandhu’s signature. The sentence was a mismatch and interpolation; but the same had gone into the fair copy by the “easygoing” Lingaraj and had escaped attention of Gopabandhu as he was unable to keep his composure intact under pangs of sharply approaching death. In his letter to Lala Lajpat Rai on 23.12.1927, Gopabandhu had described Lingaraj as a man who was “a bit of easygoing nature” and had “not much initiative and imagination”. Radhanth had taken advantage of this nature of Lingaraj and after interpolating the original draft with his self-centric sentence: “I had a mind to take Babu Radhanath Rath as my assistant under the Servants of the People Society, shortly”, had succeeded in getting the same carried in the fair copy of the Will prepared by Lingaraj. Lest the interpolation gets exposed, he kept draft he had taken dictation of  hidden from public gaze and refused Prof. Satapathy access thereto.

Rath, however, had preserved his handwritten draft under his personal custody; because his son Prof. Nilakantha Rath, as admitted in his publication ‘Dasa Apanenka Chithipatra’ had seen the same in his possession, before it went “missing”.

However, though this interpolated self-centric sentence in Para 6 was intact in the probated Will, both of them – Radhanath Rath and Lingaraj Mishra – found that Para 7 thereof would be disadvantageous for them to grab the Samaja.

Therefore, a new draft was made in the hand of Lingaraj amending the Para 7 to suit their nefarious purpose.

This draft got typed on which an affidavit was made before the Sheristadar of the District Court, Cuttack showing the same as true copy of Gopabandhu’s Will.

As I have already shown, Rath was in constant fear that the said affidavit may someday face a challenge. So, he tried to get a ‘Certified True Copy’ of the probated copy of the Will from the District Judge Office, Cuttack, from the text thereof recorded in the register of probate. His purpose was to generate a copy with the language of the forged Will he and Mishra had created with the help of the Sheristadar, to cheat the State and the public. This was to be done by tampering with the text of the probated Will at the typing stage through a gained over typist. And, the gained over typist had done the typing accordingly. But the evil design was foiled when the the officer, who compared the typed copy with the Register before certification, spotted the mischief.

The typist was forced to apply white paint on the altered text, which was exactly the text of the forged Will and to retype thereon the correct text of the original Will. This is its photocopy:-

WILL_Probated_aborted attempt to alter the text copy
Though, thus, this attempt to tamper with the original text of the Will failed, the very endeavor to tamper with the text establishes the criminality of Rath as well as SoPS that has never tried to obtain the ‘Certified True Copy’ of the Will from the office of probate or the District Judge Office where the original Will is preserved, but has all along used the forged Will created by Radhanath Rath and Lingaraj Mishra through the Sheristadar of the District Judge, Cuttack.

It is now the responsibility of the State Government to book the SoPS for the offense of using a forged Will of Gopabandhu to occupy the Samaja, the iconic newspaper of Orissa and for having embezzled hundreds of crores of rupees of the Samaja without any authority and legitimacy.

Radhanath Rath and Lingaraj Mishra need be subjected to posthumous prosecution for the crime they have committed.

The State must take over the paper and offer it to its employees to manage it, because it is the workers who have given their labor and life to give the paper its life for 94 years and to give it the shape, stature and strength to enter into 95th year of its publication.

Orissa faced the Hudhud: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik surely did his best

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The cyclonic storm Hudhud was not that cruel for Orissa. It was not supposed to be in view of pronounced observation of the weather scientists. Yet, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik deserves unreserved praise for having meticulously prepared the administrative machinery to face every eventuality.

I will do wrong if I do not note the excellent leadership given by the Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati to the Executive Government in preparedness for the threatening catastrophe, which Orissa narrowly escaped under the magic of nature.

Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra and Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, the Special Relief Commissioner and Energy Secretary respectively, along with their determined staff, deserve gratitude of the State for the exemplary readiness to meet Hudhud.

Lacunae here and there may have stayed. But the reality is that, despite political calling in Kandhamal, and the chilling rocking of the State under waves of unprecedented corruption, the Chief Minister has offered matchless leadership to management of the State’s approach to the devastating wrath of nature and in the climate of alarm created by television media, the above mentioned officers had made a perfect team of functionaries that for any such danger in future shall offer a sample of how to save the State from calamities.

It is also true that the State Administration had gained a great strength to meet the situation from the unreserved, unconditional and reassuring support of Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi.

We are sure, our people will be, with equal concern, brought back to their normal avocations by the government that has to defeat the debacles, which post-cyclone floods, damage of crops, collapse of houses, and corresponding ruinations may bring in.

It would be most welcome, if Orissa now contributes her might to revival of normalcy in Andhra Pradesh too.

Lowest Revenue Officer fined under Right to Public Service Act: But is it the Solution?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Thirty days (excluding the period taken for disposal of objections, if any) is fixed for issuance of caste certificates by the Tahsildars, under the Orissa Right to Public Service Act, 2012. The Act provides for punishment in case of delay.

Tahsildar of Bolangir has been fined by the district Collector on allegation against non-adherence to this time tag in case of nine applicants.

This is the first such penalty awarded under the Act, when in Bolangir, as many as 14,984 applications under the Act are pending by today.

When Balasore has the highest number of 138,705 complaints pending under the Act by now, the second highest numbers of 116,344 complaints are pending in the district of Mayurbhanj. Similarly, in Dhenkanal the numbers of pending complaints are 80,772; in Sundargarh -60,429; in Cuttack-52,807; in Bhadrak – 49,926; in Nayagarh – 38,922; in Jajpur- 30,728; in Koraput – 25,283; in Puri – 25,050; in Jagatsinghpur – 22, 097; in Subarnapur – 22,082; in Ganjam – 17, 300; in Rayagada – 16,891, in Kandhamal – 15,642; in Kendrapada – 14,396; in Gajapati- 7,176; in Nawarangpur- 5,781; in Anugul – 5,007; in Nuapada – 4,708; in Bargarh – 3,970; in Boudh – 3,182; in Deogarh – 2,778; in Malkangiri – 2,627. In Jharsuguda there are also 1,319 complains pending by now against contravention of the ORPS Act.

When the Act was promulgated we we had observed:

“Despite this law, there shall be delay in delivery of services. All the government offices are presently suffering from severe shortage of staff. When workload is highly increasing, the executive is shrinking in size. Sanctioned posts are not being filled up. Recruitment is rare. Without adequate staff, it would be impossible for the severely minified executive to comply with all the requisitions in a fixed time. Threatened with legal prosecution and penalty for delay in complying with requisitions, the staff is bound to feel demoralized.

In fact, it will shift the responsibility for misrule from the politicians in control of administration to the lower executive and give boost to a climate of litigation against the employees. So, it will help the compradors in power to escape public wrath for their misrule, when attention of the suffering public will stay focused on inability of lower executive to deliver good governance.

Therefore, instead of acting beneficial, this Act will cause a lot of harm to administration. Firstly, it will convince the people that the employees are means of misrule, and secondly, the provision for penalty in this Act, will keep the employees constantly intimidated”.

And, the Bolangir district Collector’s order, even if it is just and proper, needs cogitation in this light.

For clear perception of the syndrome, our breaking observation may be perused at:

The Orissa Public Services Act, 2012 will demoralize the minified Executive and create Chaos.

SoPS in offense against Utkalmani: Orissa digests, as a semiOriya rules the State

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Before Gandhiji was killed, his killer Nathuram Godse had come to him, had said “Pranam” and had pumped in the bullets to his heart in cold blood.

The word “Pranam” used by Dipak Malavya as the title of a signed editorial in the front page of the Samaja of today reminds me of that gory crime.

Malavya has projected himself as executive secretary, ‘Samaja’ board of management.

‘Samaja’ board of management is contrived and promulgated by Servants of the People Society (SoPS) of which Utkalmani Pt. Gopabandhu Das was the Vice-President before he was pushed into death in absence of timely treatment because of treachery of his servant Radhanath Rath, has illegally occupied the paper by using a forged will, which has been exposed in orissamatters.com. Rath had, in nexus with Lingaraj Mishra, prepared the forged will to grab the Samaja under cover of SoPS. And, that forgery had helped them both bag editorship of the paper and political positions like ministers.

After this reporter exposed the felony, the employees of Samaja were deeply worried over legitimacy of their employers. The shroud of doubts over legitimacy of SoPS as their employer was needed to be removed. So the Union of the employees asked the SoPS to clarify on the issue of the forged will of Gopabandhu. SoPS did not dare to answer. Repressive step were taken against union leadership to cause so much panic in the staff and to keep them intimidated that the State labor Laws implementation authorities are now flooded with industrial disputes.

Alert citizens, admirers of Pandit Gopabandhu, journalists who pride over their pursuit have formed a collective body styled Save-the-Samaja-Forum that has moved the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) to take action against SoPS for having illegally occupied the icon paper of Orissa. When the RNI was conducting an inquiry through the ADM of Cuttack to find out the truth, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s office forced the said officer to drop the inquiry midway and send a report to RNI supporting the SoPS claim. It has lead to W.P.(C) No is 11286 of 2014 and SoPS has not yet dared to counter the allegations.

Taking possession of Samaja by using a forged will of Gopabandhu, the SoPS has forced his unique Jatiya Vana Vidyalaya into starvation death and had raped and ravished all that values Gopabandhu and his famous friends of Satyavadi – revered as Panchasakha – had stood for.

Even the birthplace of Gopabandhu is criminally ignored and the famous Vakula Vana that was their seat of activities housing the open air school on the lap of nature has been thrown into elements.

All these chronic offenses against the immortal iconic leader of Orissa have been brought to attention of the Chief Minister by the SSF as well as by the Utkalmani Newspaper Employees Association (UNEA).

Had a semiOriya made by accident the Chief Minister not been protecting the criminals that have occupied the samaja by using a forged will, Malavya and his team should have been in the jail by this time.

They have been trying to hoodwink the people of Orissa by engaging event managers to project themselves as legitimate owners of Samaja and worshipers of Gopabandhu since last year on occasion of his birth anniversary, after being exposed threadbare in these pages on their felonious offenses against Gopabandhu.

And, even out of this venture, pocketing money in the name of Gopabandhu appears to be a strong design. At least, one understands it from the press note released by the UNEA yesterday. Fidgeted by its impact, the so-called editorial titled ‘Pranam” has been enforced in the front page of the paper that Malavya and his gang have illegally occupied.
We give below the photocopy of the Employees’ press note and urge upon the chief minister to ask the police to act against forgery committed on the iconic leader’s last will. He has so far behaved as a semiOriya despite in power for 15 years. It is time for him to graduate into a real Oriya.

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