Crooks rule the roost in Utkal Sammilani: Funds Embezzled, Members Muzzled

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Utkal Sammilani that fought with the British and Indian rivals for long thirty years to create Orissa a separate province of India for management of the affairs of the people in Oriya ,their mother tongue, and achieved the goal in 1936, was not registered as a society or organization. It helped a gang of self-seekers to register itself as Utkal Sammilani in 1986 in order to exploit the emotional attachment of the people of Orissa to this name.

Radhanath Rath, the very same person who had forged the ‘Will’ of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das to usurp ‘The Samaja’, details of which are published in the book ‘The Samaja in Maze of Forgery’, led this combine of crooks as the President.

Its registered office remained in his occupation and control in Gopabandhu Bhavan, Cuttack where he was living after forging the Will of Gopabandhu.

He had known it well that the outfit will indulge in embezzlement and misappropriation of funds, creation of false records and other offenses . So, he had made a clear provision in its constitution to keep himself unanswerable to Law for all these or any offense.

Under the head ‘LEGAL ACTION’, its bylaw stipulated, “Legal action can be instituted against office bearers except the President for loss of property or misappropriation of fund of the Society. The Courts at Bhubaneswar only shall have the jurisdiction.”

When the Society was to have its registered office in the Gopabandhu Bhaban, Cuttack, why “only” the “Courts at Bhubaneswar” were to have the jurisdiction, not the Courts at Cuttack, is a conundrum, yet to be understood by the members of this Society.

However, mismanagement has not ended with death of Radhanath Rath. The present President and Secretary are alleged to have swindled and squandered away huge sums of money, allege senior members and office bearers, who, mistaking this as the same Utkal Sammilani that give the Oriya population their home State, have joined the organization and done their best to advance it.

One such member, senior Advocate and activist Gobarddhan Pujari has resigned from the position of President of Rourkela branch of the Society on the 7th January “at the call of conscience” in protest against the unending practice of illegal activities of the State leadership.

“The Treasurer , on query , stoutly stated that he had not maintained the cash book, as all the expenditures are made by the General Secretary without any intimation to him” Sri Pujari has stated in his declaration of resignation. On the basis of the accounts of the Treasurer, Pujari has stated that, “The Tresurer is not keeping the Accounts, no ‘Statement of Accounts’ is placed before the Central Executive Committee’, and office bearers, who are signing the cheques, are spending money as they like, sans audit. It is a serious criminal offense committed by an organization that is receiving funds from the Government amounting to crores of Rupees.”

In order to muzzle the members who are opposed to illegal activities, Sri Guru Prasad Mohanty and Sri Adwait Kumar Patra, illegally occupying the posts of President and General Secretary respectively, had tried to legalize their illegal functioning by holding an election of office bearers at Rourkela on 14.10.2017. The voters list was made deliberately defective and ignoring the polling panel prepared in the preceding Executive, an unknown person, introduced as ‘Commander Samal’ was planted to conduct the election. Well-meaning members opposed. To their shock, Commander Samal threatened them with intimidating words. He called them ‘Balunga’ (Bastard) and asserted how he excels in controlling the ‘Balunga’ fellows. It gave birth to such high-pitched protests that the election had to stop. It was, in order to save the organization, however, resolved to allow the office to prepare a valid voters list and complete the election by the end of three months, i.e. before 13.1.2018.

No such steps taken, Vice-President Bichitranand Sahoo, with consent of various branch Presidents, such as Binod Mohapatra (Jaypore), Dr. Rabi Ranjan Sahu (Cuttack), Manmath Padhi (Ganjam), Gajanan Mishra (Titilagarh), Bibhuti Mishra (Bhubaneswar), Dillip Dash Sharma (Mancheswar), Gobarddhan Pujari (Rourkela), Gourachandra Panda (Gajapati), Bhagaban Mahapatra (Paradip) and two other members from Rourkela namely Prasanna Kumar Nanda and Chittaranjan Das, requisitioned a meeting to complete the business postponed at Rourkela in October. The requisitioned meeting was held at the office of the organization at Bhubaneswar at 11 Am, 13.1.2018. Guru Prasad Mohanty presided. But Patra, the General Secretary neither came nor placed the valid voters list. Resolution 7 of this requisitioned meeting is significant. Sri Mohanty has signed it to confirm that affairs of the society do not run on norms. it has called upon the President and the General Secretary to stop functioning in virtueless autocratic ways and to honor the Constitution of the Society, and its decisions taken in General Body, Working Council and Executive Committee meetings meticulously. Its Resolution 6 is further significant. It has mandated that all the meetings of the aforesaid three bodies shall be held only in the central office of the organization.

Central Office functions in illicit centers

The mandate of the requisitioned meeting to have all future meetings of the central bodies in the central office was necessitated, because, despite a Type-5 bungalow allotted to the organization for its office in the most elite and well connected Unit 2, the office is functioning in the ‘bag’ of the General secretary in illicit centers and the crores of money received from the government is never deposited in the central office accounts. In the letter of requisition, Mohanty was confronted with facts that tenure of the office bearers having been over two and half years ago, they are in unauthorized and illegal occupation of office for last 30 months. They had tried to get the unaudited accounts approved in meeting held at Jaypore, which was foiled due to strong protests. But no internal audit is held as yet, when the President has reportedly drawn about Rs.10 lakhs under the pretense of traveling allowance etcetera. Thus monetary irregularities are unendingly rampant. Mohanty presided over this meeting, but neither dismissed this allegation nor clarified his position. Thus, he has confirmed the illegalities in management of the society.

Mohanti and Patra are President and General Secretary respectively of this outfit registered in the name of Utkal Sammilani. Monumental amount of grant-in-aid to the tune of crores of rupees is given to this society. But the amount does not get deposited in its Bank accounts. Authentic sources say that a gang of three using the name of Utkal Sammilani is operating a passbook in the Mancheswar branch of SBI where the cheques/ drafts received from the Government are being deposited. Government should ask the crime branch to investigate into this heinous crime, in which the entire team of office bearers, except, apparently, only two persons namely Bichitranand Sahu and Binod Bihari Mohapatra (both Vice-Presidents) is involved. The team comprises, in addition to Mohanty, Patra, Sahu and Mohapatra, Usharani Mohanty (Treasurer), Rabindranath Satapathy, Anant Prasad jena, Prafulla Mahala, Kousik Sahu and Bijayanad Singh (all Vice-Presidents), Surendra Mohan Mishra, Bimal Chandra Sarangi, Padmanabh Samal, Rabindra Mishra, Baidyanath Rath, Dasharathi Das, and Jaminikant Nayak (All Secretaries).

All of them are illegally continuing as office bearers for last two and half years, after competion of their three-years term, on the basis of a forged bylaw prepared in Oriya and receiving crores of rupees unauthorizedly from the government and deceiving the people of Orissa.

The registered bylaw of this dubious organization has given only three years to the elected office bearers. They are bound to conduct election of new office bearers before completion of three years of their tenure and hand over the charge to the new set on the day of completion of their three-year tenure. In order to stay in office beyond the stipulated tenure, they have added in the forged Oriya version that the team would continue till a new elected team takes over. This is never incorporated in the registered bylaw and hence continuation of the expired team in office, receipt by it huge sums of grant-in-aid from the government and donations from other sources and all the transaction of business during the period is absolutely illegal and unauthorized, pregnant with crimes like cheating the State and swindling the fund.

In order to burry these illegalities under the carpet of time, despite the decision taken in the requisitioned meeting presided over by their President Guru Prasad Mohanty, the gang of crooks led by Patra are reportedly organizing an election meeting at Balasore on an yet undisclosed day. The expired team has no legal right to hold elections.

As the Government has granted and given crores of rupees to this dubious organization, but despite being dubious as the people’s emotion is attached to the name ‘Utkal Sammilani’, it is incumbent upon the Government of Orissa to quickly step in and to take over this society and to hold elections under its control, on the basis of valid voters list.

Delay on part of the Government in putting these fellows except the two protesting Vice-Presidents (Sahu and Mohapatra) would lead to a further vicious situation that may affect the emotion of the people, the sacred name of Kula Gourab Madhusudan Das having been attached to Utkal Sammilani.

WHITHER SCREEN DREAM?

(Saswat Pattanayak picked from Social Media)
First published on December 27, 2017

When Nawazuddin Siddiqui valorizes Bal Thackeray or Deepika Padukone glamorizes Padmavati, it’s not just about actors showcasing their talents. Its a new trend to normalize Islamophobia where Hindu royals and Hindu hooligans are portrayed as heroic, with active promotion by the most sought after actors who are otherwise known for their liberalism, secularism, and immense talents.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui of course takes cues from the Padmavati controversy by first acquiring permission and blessings of the Shiv Sena (the goons whose past deeds must have inspired Karni Sena at the first place). Kneeling while being asked to bend, Siddiqui then goes on to reassure the Sainiks with a cringeworthy statement, “I know it’s a big responsibility, but I will not disappoint you. It’s an honor and pride to portray the Real King of the Country on the screen…”

In case he fails to disappoint with his religion (which last checked was not Islam, but “100% Human” per some PR stunt, perhaps to woo the Shivaji bhakts), what about his language? For that too, he has the Sena on his side with the following – “For everyone who is wondering how I’ll speak Marathi or if I will get the diction right, I want to tell them that Balasaheb Thackeray will give me the inspiration and his blessing.” And if that were not eeeeks enough…and, what if the Sena forgives him and Bollywood hesitates…,he invokes the First Man of the industry, Amitabh Bachchan, who himself has been a lackey to Thackeray’s philosophy for decades anyway. “Any actor would want to play him because of the legacy he left behind,” says Siddiqui with a fan-boyish conviction that is just plain terrifying. He adds, glorifying Thackeray on-screen would be the “Ultimate Dream of an Actor” and that in doing so he is “the most fortunate in the whole world”.

However, none of this should have come as a surprise to that tiny segment of media that professes shock. When Nawazuddin Siddiqui was being hailed by the liberal press for pointing out racism in the industry, he was already engaged with the contrary (his tweet “Thank you for making me realise that I cannot be paired along with the fair and handsome because I’m dark and not good looking” was in fact making equivalences that are problematic in the way they were furthering stereotypes while purporting to do just the opposite). On Kapil Sharma shows, he has said more than once how he “now wants to be paired with romantic heroines…because…soft soft sa lagta hai”. Laughing off at the “rewards” of kissing the heroine as a “shameless romeo” for one movie, he offers his film’s actress to Sharma in these very words, “take my heroine and she will seal your lips too.”

When Kapil asks Nawaz if he ever thought he would get a white heroine like Amy Jackson, Nawaz instead of taking exception to such a racist question, goes on to thank his producer and to the god, because he got a “heroine who is a foreigner”…

This is the same man who sensationalized his commercial memoir by dropping names of women he used to “go to for (his) needs” and later threatened to sue them if they opposed the circulation of those narratives.

Colorism, racism, sexism…and now the on-screen and off-screen admirer of the communal goon who called hindu terrorists the sons of the soil. All these traits go together, unsurprisingly.

But even sadder is the biting reality of Nawazuddin being still a pawn in the game. It’s the larger-than-life imageries of Thackeray that continues to engulf the imaginations of Bollywood bigwigs, which makes him in the words of Siddiqui, a “King of the Country”. And just like we can’t resist worshipping Rani Padmavati and Chhatrapati Shivaji, so also we can’t wait to endorse our superstars and celebrate yet another Royal addition to our emboldened feudal landscape, come 2018, in the form of King Thackeray.

Ailing Judicial System Needs Be Cured: Dr. Saswat Pattanayak

Bhubaneswar Bureau

Dr.Saswat Pattanayak, our editor, in a post elsewhere, has called for curing the ailing judicial system by acknowledging the disease. We reproduce below his post.

It is the patriarchal fixation with fathers and husbands as feudal heads of indian households where sanctities are attached to family units, that leads to normalization of corruption in a judicial system that is unsurprisingly spearheaded by the brahminical chiefs. No matter what the chief of the family does, it has to be a hush-hush affair and not be made public. Family becomes sacrosanct and the head of family remains above reproach. Brahminism which governs Indian society is founded upon the philosophy of unquestioned belief in the supreme authority, the highest caste, the sacred book. No one messes with the head of the family. If there is child sexual abuse, the child must have provoked it. If there is a marital rape, it is the fault of the wife. Under no circumstances are the patriarchs responsible for anything wrong. They simply need the credits for the (inevitably evolutionary) progresses that are made.

Indian judiciary is not outside Brahminism’s sphere of influence. On the contrary, it is a byproduct of that. The court system is oppressively hierarchical. It is infused with archaic and feudal laws that routinely punishes dissenters and serves the ruling classes. It is a system that awards nepotism (the longest serving Supreme Court Chief Justice’s son will become the CJI in a few years), and instead sentences Dr. Binayak Sen for his association with “banned activities”, and sends a paraplegic Prof. Saibaba to life imprisonment on grounds of “waging war against India.”

This is the same feudal patriarchal court system which does not consider marital rape a cognizable offense so long as the wife is above 18 years of age. This is the same court system which spends time and resources to prohibit reservations/affirmative action for oppressed social classes in the private sector. This is the same court system which allows gay marriage to remain illegal. This is the same court system which upholds death penalty verdicts as acceptable form of punishment. This is the same court system which rejects a plea that questions clean chits given to communal and criminal politicians like Modi and Shah. This is the same court system which permits judicial killing of Afzal Guru without the due process in the middle of the night, without informing his families. This is the same judiciary which is more concerned about its own sacrosanct nature than the rights of farmers, dalits, muslims, women to seek justice in a country where 27 million court cases are still awaiting verdicts.

Chief Justice Misra as the patriarch of this same judicial system predictably had in the past sentenced Yakub Memon to death in an unprecedented middle-of-night hearing. The move was very similar to Afzal Guru killing which was critiqued by AG Noorani who invoked the words of Judge Tendulkar (referring to Morarji Desai misrule), “One would have thought that the dark hours of the night are reserved for the perpetration of dark deeds, not for the execution of lawful orders.” Noorani rightfully remarked “Secrecy is antithetical to the rule of law as it is to decency.” And Justice Misra has been an epitome of secrecy, unsurprisingly, considering his rulings have consistently claimed to have protected “reputation” more than “freedom”. In Indian context, reputation is synonymous with wealthy people, and freedom is the cry of the oppressed.

It was Justice Misra who delivered the judgment in Devkidas Ramchandra Tuljapurkar vs State of Maharashtra case where he outlawed and criminalized the freedom of speech of citizens, whereby “historically respected personalities” could not be written about in a way that may offend their followers.

Similarly he upheld the archaic 499 to 502 of IPC whereby “criminal defamation” would ensure that freedom of speech could not be extended to cause disrepute of anyone. Such emphasis of “reputation” and “respect” are cornerstone of conservative figureheads of any society. In his words that are strikingly similar to actions of Pahalaj Nihalani’s: “Reputations cannot be allowed to be sullied on the anvils of free speech as free speech is not absolute.”

This is the same man who decided for the entire country what constituted patriotism. In a bizarre ruling (which is now under scrutiny) Misra and Roy bench decided “to instill committed patriotism and nationalism” by mandating that “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem (as a part of their) sacred obligation.” While dismissing “any different notion or the perception of individual rights”, the bench of Misra and Roy declared that the movie screens shall have the image of the national flag when the anthem is being played and that doors of the halls will remain shut during the anthem so that no disturbance is caused.

Not only is enforcement of such mindless patriotism strictures against the spirit of Indian Constitution, even the brazen manner in which Justice Misra has in the past ruled against reservations in employment (across private and public sectors alike), is. Misra contends that there should not be reservations in promotions, and not even in jobs when there is a single vacancy. In fact, Misra and Pant went on to call affirmative action itself a privilege and almost mocked the spirit of the constitution which included reservations for the oppressed, with the following words, “The fond hope has remained in the sphere of hope… The said privilege remains unchanged, as if (it is) to compete with eternity.” So that the “national interest can become paramount”, they said “there should really be no reservation” in higher education.

Such judgements that dismiss the social realities in the name of so-called “national interest”, where people are oppressed precisely because they belong to certain caste/religions/communities, should be the reasons not for immediate removal of reservations from society (ironically following the observations of a person who is brahmin himself), but it calls for immediate and elaborate judicial reforms, so the judges are constantly exposed to troubling realities of a caste society and learn from anti-caste activists.

The case of corruption against Justice Misra in the land allotment matter in Odisha should have been reason enough for condemnation. His brother demanding huge amount money from Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul whose suicide note mentions of the fact, should have resulted in further action against the judge. And yet in the name of protecting the “honor” and “respect” and “repute” of national flag, anthem, and of chief justice himself – our Indian patriarchy continues protecting the male figureheads without a pause. And instead of treating the dissenters and activists and whistleblowers as heroes, many of us now attack the four judges as antinationals.

This is not just about Dipak Misra or Amit Shah or Narendra Modi. This fixation with complete submission to authority is a problem fostered within our places of worship where we are indoctrinated to believe that our gods can do no evil, within our own schools where our teachers can tell no lies, within our law and order system where our police and military and judges can do nothing wrong, and within own families where our elders cannot even be talked back to. This refusal to dissent and this inability to support those who do, constitute the terminal disease we are afflicted by, and the one we refuse to treat. It did not begin yesterday when the TV channels went berserk with breaking news over how many experts are now so sad that a press conference had made our supreme court so vulnerable. It is necessary, instead, to acknowledge the disease in order to cure it. Not to mention, the treatment is long overdue.

KANAK NEWS HAS EXPOSED NAVEEN AS A FANTOCCINO

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

People know Naveen Patnaik as Chief Minister of Orissa. But, in reality, he is a mere fantoccino that dances to the tune of unknown directors, suggests Kanak News, the channel of the Sambad group, under the control of Eastern Media Ltd.

It has kept on records a number of events that expose how Naveen reviews official programs. Secretaries from the Chief Secretary to Under Secretaries with concerned staff members gather in a Conference Hall for the CM to “review” progress of projects and/or administrative activities. He comes with a prepared note sheet and reads out whatever is written therein and leaves the room and the Chief Secretary or a Secretary informs the Press that the CM conducted the review.

I deem it proper to place here the compiled Kanak News video clips for our people to know how are they being governed. The compilation carries a clip that show how Naveen also acted in the same manner before the Prime Minister of India at his residence while pleading for coal blocks to OMC.

Who handles the strings of this poppet ? Who is the secret director of Orissa Administration? Kanak News may not disclose that; because, its owner Soumyaranjan Patnaik is in politics and politics makes strange friends.

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HAS PUT THE SUPREME COURT IN QUAGMIRE

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The unprecedented revolt of four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court of India might not have become so rash had the Central Government not slept over the Memorandum of Procedure finalized by the Supreme Court for more than nine months.

The MoP, resting with the Central Government, emphasized on keeping Judicial appointments free from political prejudices. It has made it clear that, the Supreme Court will have the last say in cases where its recommendation for appointment of a judge is returned by the government on the grounds of national security and public interest.

“The Government of India has not responded to the communication and in view of this silence, it must be taken that the Memorandum of Procedure as finalized by the collegium has been accepted by the Government of India on the basis of the order of this court in ‘Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association and Anr. vs Union of India’ case, [(2016) 5 SCC 1]“ , the four judges, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph had told Chief Justice of India, which, unheeded to, has played havoc with Judgment Delivery System, they have alleged.

There may be serious points of law involved with the issue. But, there shall never be an end to any issue if despite the top Court’s verdict settling an issue in a Constitutional Bench the same issue lingers due to political mischief.

The four judges addressing the press is a bit rash, no doubt. But, it has inadvertently given birth to an environment where manipulation in bench making to suit a party in the Court may no more be easy.

“The Collegium system needs to be improved requiring a ‘glasnost’ and a ‘perestroika’, Justice Kurian Joseph had said in the cited case.

If the four judges’ revolt brings in ‘glasnost’ and ‘perestroika’ , the right-wingers in power in today’s India may not dare to sleep over the Supreme Court’s communication for nine months, tomorrow.

Oriya Language created Orissa and therefore Orissa must be ruled by Oriya Language

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

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 →

Navakalevara: Legends and reality

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

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.

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Samaja in Maze of Forgery: Two former Ministers of Orissa – Lingaraj Mishra & Radhanath Rath forged the WILL of Gopabandhu; Both benefitted till their death; SoPS continues to Loot

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

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 →