Sambad streamer is baffling; comes from Kanak News

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

“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.

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  1. There is no question of willingness. It needs money. One can contest MLA election with minimum 2 crore rupees. Rs 1 crore is cost of purchasing ticket from ruling party. MP election needs Rs 5 crores per seat. To become willing for CM post, one needs at least Rs 200 crores. In 1952 when rates were lower, Biju babu told that he was Rs 10 crores short of money, otherwise he could have become PM.

  2. Mahodaya,

    In Odisha context ,we are facing leadership problem.Today Naveen Pattnaik is the CM of Odisha because,
    Odia leadership do not have any faith among themselves to lead the people.They do not have any vision for Odisha. Neither they have any vision for Odia language/Odisha state/management of natural resources of Odisha/scaling down regional disparity nor for any kind of developmental activities for the state. In that context Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das was a visionary and man with extraordinary talent & courage. Utkal Gourab was far ahead of his time.Under his leadership,other leaders/Kings/Zamindars fought for the creation of separate Odisha with determination and courage. Utkal Gourab understood that “If separate Odisha will not be created under British rule,then it can not be created after independence”.The best example is the issue of amalgamation of Sareikela & Kharsuan with Odisha. In today’s’ context the burning examples are the issue of
    Mahanadi,Brahmani,Udayapur beach & Polavaram etc.Unemployment is acute in Odisha &every day thousands of Odia people are migrating to other states in search of job.Neither State govt nor any political parties are interested to resolve the above issues..The population of non-Odia in Odisha increasing day by day in Odisha.Now the time will come when outsiders will decide what Odia people should learn/see/eat/purchase etc. Odisha do not have any agriculture policy,the status of irrigation is abysmal.While neighbouring states of Odisha are constructing dams/barrages on our river basins & diverting our water resources,our system in Odisha busy in constructing sub standard barrages and bridges and projects getting delayed for limitless time.It is all happening because of our LOKA CHARITRA & administration.Therefore responsibility,time slot,punishment measures should be defined/fixed for the administration.Victory of democracy should be there not autocracy.

    Tamil /Telugu/Kannada/Malayali people are not fighting for their language,their govt
    (whosoever comes to the power)thinks about the better implementation of their regional languages in administration/judiciary/employment/education/research etc.

    In most of the cases our state is a consuming state without sufficient production.Self respect comes when someone get self independent. Odisha is far behind above issues.

    Finally,if good people get united under a strong leadership ,good results will follow and negative forces can be suppressed otherwise negative forces will dominate the scenario and the result will be downfall of the society and people at large.


    Bande Utkal Janani

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