Thanks Hon’ble Debi Prasad Mishra, You have generated a Sure Hope for Governance in Oriya

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The evening of August 15 shall remain memorable for the members of Oriya Bhasa Sangram Samiti (OBSS). Its campaign for implementation of Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 (hereinafter called the Act) took a positive leap, generating a sure hope for governance of Orissa in Oriya.

debi pr mishraChairman of the Joint Action Committee comprising the specially constituted Group of Ministers (GoM) and the representatives of OBSS, Hon’ble Debi Prasad Mishra, in an informal meet of the JAC, last evening agreed to recommend the Samiti’s proposal for creation of necessary Rules to administer the Act.

Representatives of OBSS comprising convener Sri Sankar Parida, Joint Convener Dr. Subrat Prusti, Eminent Linguist and former Director of Central Institute of Indian Languages Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, Prof. Natabar Satpathy, and this Reporter apprised the GoM Chairman the details of the necessity of forming the Rules for administration of the Act. He appreciated the idea and suggested that it should be incorporated in the Policy Paper Dr. Pattanayak has been authorized in the last JAC to prepare, so that after the next formal meeting of the JAC, he would place the proposal before the Hon’ble Chief Minister with positive recommendation. Dr. Subrat Prusti, Prof.Natabar Satpathy and this Reporter are to help Dr. Pattanayak in this regard.

Active members of OBSS, Sri Deba Prasad Parija, Sri Pabitra Mohan Maharatha and Sri Ranjan Kumar Raut helped the informal meeting with their valuable suggestions.

This August 15 carries no meaning: Struggle for independence is evolving

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

On our 69th Independence Day we greet our National Flag and our countrymen, even though benefit of independence has never reached the majority.

The situation is so bleak that in his customary address to the nation last evening, President Pranab Mukherjee had to say that the “benefits of growth must reach the poorest of the poor much before they land in the bank accounts of the richest of the rich”. The same Pranab Mukherjee was the most aggressive partner of Manmohan Singh in consolidating rich man’s rule in India. What a blatant hypocrisy!

He has quoted Dr. Ambedkar to say that for the sorry state of affairs of the country, the people are responsible. I quote him:

“It is time to recall what Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution, said while making his closing speech in the Constituent Assembly in November 1949 and I quote:

“The working of a constitution does not depend wholly upon the nature of the constitution. The constitution can provide only the organs of state, such as the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. The factors on which the working of those organs of the state depends are the people and the political parties they will set up as their instruments to carry out their wishes and their politics. Who can say how the people of India and their parties will behave?”

It is well on records of the Constituent Assembly that overwhelming majority of the propertied class had made it a capitalist constitution, In the guise of fundamental rights, it had given the guarantee to the rich to enjoy full freedom to accumulate wealth. Concentration of wealth in hands of the few people who were owners of properties was to widen the gap between the rich and the poor forcing the poor to distress sale of labor, land and its products to the rich, whereby the rich was to be richer and the poor, poorer. Ambedkar had confessed this and Rajendra Prasad and Nehru and Patel and all who were with the propertied class had tried to hush it up. The Constituent Assembly debates carry details of how the Constitution was made a capitalist constitution in reality with meretricious concern for the poor with shrewd attempts to mislead them with provision of Directive Principles too passive to direct the governance.

In admitting this mischief as a “contradiction” inherent in the Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar had hoped that the elected body of representatives of the people will correct the wrong, as otherwise, the economic “inequality” will render the independence meaningless and lead to destruction of the democracy ultimately.

President Mukherjee has deliberately omitted the most relevant statement of Dr. Ambedkar, lest the mischief he had played against India in collaboration with Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi by subjecting the country to “economy of inequality” gets the reason to be reviewed.

Dr. Ambedkar had said, “On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradiction. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic rights we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote, one value. In our social and economic rights we shall by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny one man one value” Constituent Assembly Debates, Vol.XI, p.979).

He had made it clear that unless this contradiction, created by granting fundamental right on property to individuals is done away with after the first election under the Constitution, the hard earned independence will be lost.

“We must remove the contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has so laboriously built up”, he had declared (Ibid).

President Mukherjee has deliberately omitted this statement of Dr. Ambedkar, because the economy of “inequality” which he, as cabinet colleague of Manmohan Singh had collaborated with the ever to be condemned American stooge to push India into a climate where “benefits of growth” instead of reaching “the poorest of the poor” would “land in the bank accounts of the richest of the rich”.

We have heard today Prime Minister Modi who addressed the nation for around two hours. But removal of “inequality” which is killing India to such extent that in the words of the President, “The Parliament has been converted into an arena of combat rather than debate”, was not a matter of concern for the PM. When in the eve of Independence Day, the President had expressly desired that the government should see that “benefits of growth must reach the poorest of the poor much before they land in the bank accounts of the richest of the rich”, Modi was duty bound to tell the nation as to why the President had come to say this. He was duty bound to elaborate his reaction to what the President has said. But in his entire speech, he did not utter a single word on it.

Better, not to take into accounts Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. He does not bother about anything other than projecting his father’s name. “Biju Pucca Ghar” was his main projection even under the Triranga. He uses people’s wretched poverty to opiate them for votes and this technique helps him win elections even without knowing the language of the people. Other than projecting his father, the only announcement he made to catch attention was a proposal to generate three lakh jobs in the manufacturing sector by 2019-20. Jobs in manufacturing sector helps Industries to prosper on the surplus value of labor, which further promulgates economic “inequality” and widens the gap between the rich and the poor and worsens the “contradiction”, spelt out by Dr. Ambedkar.

This is all in the name of development. Hypocrisy! Thy name is plutocracy!

But, our people, as we watch, are determined to quash this hypocrisy. They know their independence has been hijacked by the rich, the industries, the land grabbers, the fellows that have occupied their State. A few pictures taken at various times on the Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar, before the Assembly and the Secretariat, are just a few instances of how the new phase of struggle for independence is evolving. Let the pictures say:

our land, our landOur land is ours, not of industriesRoar for right on landKick the Capitalexploited Kendu leaf pluckerswomen betrayed by the govt. in family planning sector on gandhi marg_30.1Teachers on the street before the Assemblyroar for conservation of eco-systemRoar for land rightroar for justiceFreedom barricadedroar for independenceRoar for Jungle Right

Legality of Suspension of Satish Gajbhiye is Questionable; but State Succumbing to Lawyers’ Pressure is Deplorable

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Kendrapada’s former S.P. Satish Gajbhiye has been suspended. Any Government officer can be suspended if the authorities feel that keeping him/her temporarily out of office is necessary in sphere of governance.

Suspension is no punishment, but can be made so, only on final findings to be arrived at through investigations into allegations that form the basis of suspension. And, often the allegations are cooked up, concocted, misconceived, misconstrued, malicious and motivated. In many cases, suspension orders and corresponding disciplinary proceedings are viewed as framed up mischief in the eyes of law.

So, suspension is always questionable.

Satish Gajbhiye’s suspension is therefore questionable.

But, what is deplorable is that, the State Government has succumbed to the pressure of lawyers who had threatened to use collective physical force to derail the scheduled observance of the official flag hoisting on Independence day.

The lawyers have emerged habitual tormentors of justice-seekers as would be seen from their frequent strikes that render the fixed business of the courts inconsequential.

The State has no control over this, as the lawyers are not employees of the State. The courts have no control over this, as the judges do not dare to deny these officers of law the freedom to derail administration of law. The clients do not dare to force their paid brief-holders to refrain from strikes, lest their cases go astray. Every death of a lawyer precipitates impromptu closure of the court as lawyers cease functioning with immediate effect, oblivious of what damage that does to the litigants financially and physically.

Instead of formulating a process to ensure that the lawyers stay addressed only to cases in their hands, the State Government has contributed to their assault capability by succumbing to their demand for action against Gajbhiye.

The allegation that a lawyer was assaulted in Kendrapada, which had turned into a battle ground against Sarathi Raula, is not tenable. The man was never subjected to police action while acting as a lawyer.

If somebody is a lawyer, it is not that he is not a human being. And, a human being indulges in many activities. Some of the activities are vitiated with malice, avarice and politics.

As such, some of the activities of the lawyers, in their role as human beings, are also vitiated with malice, avarice and politics. If such activities are improper, then some activities of the lawyers outside their respective chambers or the concerned courts may also be improper.

Any police action against any such improper activity of any lawyer must not be encouraged to be supported by the community of lawyers to the extent of threatening the flag hoisting on Independence Day, if a particular officer is not suspended. Lawyers being the officers of law have, in this case, clearly gone against the spirit of law that prohibits assumption of guilt before hearing the person hurled at with allegations. Therefore, the Government should have banned the lawyers’ threatening action.

Sad, the Government has obliged the lawyers by putting Gajbhiye under suspended animation.

This is deplorable.

Oriya Bhasa Suraksha Samiti applauded in National Conference of Asima Orissa at Chennai

The national conference of Asima Orissa, held at Chennai from August 8 for two days applauded Orissa Bhasa Sangram Samiti for its glorious role in waking up the Government of Orissa to the essential need of governance of the State in mother tongue Oriya.

Samiti Convener Sri Sankar Parida and Joint Convener Dr. Subrat Prusti attended the Conference. Delegates from different parts of the country, who have kept abreast of the movement of the Samiti including the recent fast onto death for implementation of the Orissa Official Language Act 1954, wholeheartedly endorsed the five point charter of demands the Samiti has placed before the Government of Orissa, the number one of which is immediate implementation of the 1954 Act.

Sri Parida informed the conference that in the first session of the Joint Action Committee, which the government has formed with the Samiti, responsibility is assigned to famous linguist Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak to formulate a Language Policy for proper implementation of the Act. The next JAC possibly to meet in the last week of this month will concentrate further on the five demands, he said.

On being requested by the delegates, Dr. Prusti gave details of the endeavors to get the Classical language status for Oriya. It was a moment of celebration in the conference, which applauded the Samiti for its contributions to the cause of the mother tongue.

No negligence to implementation of the 1954 Act would be tolerated, the conference resolved, while appreciating the new positive stance of the political leadership in matter of implementation of the Act.

Asima OrissaFormer Chief Secretary of Tamilnadu Sri Debendranath Sarangi, Financial director of NTPC poet Kulamani Biswal, Coordinator of Asima Orissa Kishore Dwivedy, President of Asima Orissa Kshirod Jena, Convener Nihar Samantaray, amongst others, felicitated Sri Parida and Dr. Prusti and assured them of all cooperation to make the steps taken by the Samiti succeed. They thanked poet gajanan Mishra and all others who sat in fast for the mother tongue. They also thanked the group of Ministers – Arun Kumar Sahu, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Sanjay Das Burma and Pranab Prakas Das for the first collective steps they have taken to cooperate with the Samiti to speed up the process of implementation of the 1954 Act and they further thanked Minister Debi Prasad Mishra for making the initiative proceed ahead as head of the ministerial sub-committee.

In Kendrapada Context Satish Gajbhiye deserves praise, not punishment

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

IPS Officer Satish Gajbhiye is at the center of attack by the BJP.

The Congress party, too confused over people’s marked reluctance to revive their support for it, has joined the bogey in a hope against hope that the anarchy over Sarathi baba precipitated by BJP may grant it a chance to make people feel that it has not been totally bereft of striking strength.

Sadly for Orissa, elitism is escaping analytical assessment of its nexus with anti-people political designs. And to further misfortune of Orissa, its Government is often conducting itself in sophomoric pattern, where Cabinet Ministers are taking instructions from the Chief Minister’s private secretary on how to act on files with them.

Had the administration been a bit responsible, Gajbhiye should have received commendation instead of condemnation in shape of instant transfer from Kendrapada for the steps he had taken to save the place from possible mayhem.

The SP personifies the State in matter of policing a district. By transferring him before a correct assessment of the situation that had led him to order the police to act, the government has failed to appreciate that such action has  demoralizing effect on the police.

The BJP and its television stooges had brought the environment to a boiling point and a very horrific incendiary condition had been whipped up, which was going to get out of control.

Had the police not acted sharply, that evening was going to be a night of mayhem. Anybody who had watched the scenario in television and anybody who will see the unedited and unbroken videos of that time, would have no doubt about it.

It was certainly necessary to disperse that mob instantly and forcefully and it was certainly necessary to subject the provocateurs to such visible repression that lurching miscreants should have thought twice before indulging in any immediate illegality.

In doing this or in endorsing this, as the SP of Kendrapada, Gajbhiye had not done any wrong.

I urge upon the Chief Minister to ask the TV channels to submit unedited and unbroken films of their projected matters. They were absolutely incendiary in nature and in design and in voice and in velocity. A little application of mind would make it clear that the situation was getting congeniality even for using of bombs in that muddy environment of unfathomable mass schizophrenia. BJP’s instigating involvement was making the ontogeny of political mischief more aggressive. The TV channels were roaring that the fraud baba was safe, because the Chief Minister was hand-in-glove with him. This was adding ghee to the fire the BJP was igniting. Had Gajbhiye not acted instantly with the essentially needed aggressiveness, many people might have died there in the said evening, as the power hungry political sharks were zooming in.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in this particular case, deserves all praise for the patience and silence he has displayed.His Government would do better if Gajbhiye is not harassed over his role in Kendrapada.

The subsequent allegations over his property accumulation are matters for him to defend.

Governance of Orissa in Oriya: Gajanan Mishra cries on dubious role of Government

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Governance in Oriya language is birthright of the people of Orissa. But Orissa is under non-Oriya rule. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ignored the right of the people to be governed in their mother tongue for the last sixteen years, when, through manipulations he has kept the State under his grip. His party is notoriously named after his father Biju Patnaik and all the government programs are intentionally named after Biju, pushing the poor, illiterate people to confusion where official welfare programs are mistaken by the gullible voters as BJD programs, ensuring him victory in elections without any merit.

He considers the people of Orissa as spineless idiots who have tolerated the blatant violation of Orissa Official Language Act 1954 that has mandated that “Oriya shall be the language to be used for all or any of the official purposes of the State of Orissa”.

Despite this offense against Orissa, he can rule as long as his sycophants are able to hijack elections, he feels.
He makes farce of Oriyas by forcing Oriya officers and ministers to stand like Ajnyabakas (Factotums) before his non-Oriya private secretary who has emerged the super chief minister in the eyes of all who have any function in the government.

He does not want Oriya to be a must for governance in Orissa as he himself does not know Oriya.

His father Biju Patnaik was the nastiest ever hypocrite to have ruled over Orissa. His sycophants shamelessly glorify him as an Oriya nationalist ignoring the fact that he was such a man who had not taught a single Oriya alphabet to his son Naveen. It is a national shame for the State that Naveen has not shown any ability to learn Oriya even. He does not understand intricacies of administration and lest his weakness be caught, he has been depending on bureaucratic notes in English.

Implementation of Orissa Official Language Act would throw him out of power within no time. So he and his sycophants in the cabinet never want Oriya to be the language of governance in Orissa.

But not all the people of Orissa are to be befooled. Gajanan Mishra of Titilagarh, Bolangir, certainly not.

He is a lawyer by profession. Since decades, he has been doing his practice in Oriya language. He is drafting his cases in Oriya, conducting his cases in Oriya, prevailing upon the courts to take depositions in Oriya, to record the depositions in Oriya, to hear the arguments in Oriya and to deliver the verdicts in Oriya. His sincerity and dedication to the people’s mother tongue had made a District Judge to instruct all lower Courts to conduct adjudication in Oriya.

This Gajanan Mishra, who is a poet also, has been continuously pressing for governance of the whole of Orissa in Oriya as per the Act of 1954. As all his prayers fell in the deaf ears of Naveen Patnaik, he staged a fasting protest at Bhubaneswar and gave a three months time to the Government for implementation of the Act, failing which he would resort to fast onto death in support of his demand.

And, accordingly, he sat in fast onto death on July 1, 2015. Ms. Madhumita Samal and Sanjib Parida also sat on fast on that day.

Relay fast commenced on the 2nd day with your Representative-in-Chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak sitting in the strike. This encouraged continuous relay fasting by many luminaries from different walks of life and by 8th July, the whole State was woke up against non-Oriya rule over Orissa, with poets coming from all over the State offering their solidarity though inspiring recitation of their poetries in praise of the mother tongue.

Various organizations working for Oriya language that had decided to support Sri Gajanan Mishra in his fast onto death had amalgamated into a common platform called Oriya Bhasa Sangram Samiti (hereinafter called ‘Sangram Samiti) with poet Sankara Parida as its convener. Under his able stewardship, leaders of all political parties except the ruling BJD were frequenting the strike spot and expressing their solidarity with Sri Mishra.

Situation was going out of control for the Government which was in a deep quagmire over blatant mismanagement of Jagannatha’s Navakalevar.

In such circumstances, a team of ministers, in the name of the Chief Minister, proposed to implement Mishra’s demand and begged for breathing time to first finish the Navakalevar event and then to finalize the date for implementation of the Act of 1954 in a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to be notified on obtaining the list of representatives of the Sangram Samiti.

The date for this JAC with five ministers on one part and seven representatives of the Sangram Samiti on the other part was fixed to August 1 and accordingly Gajanan babu ended his fast on July 8 to the announcement of the above agenda by the Law Minister of the State on the fasting podium.

But sadly, the government started playing tricks. It convened the Joint Action Committee on August 1 pretending that the notification of the JAC has been already published and the same would be delivered on the discussion table. Instead of doing this, it brought in BJD MP Baishnab Parida to derail the scheduled discussion and Linguist Dr. Devi Prasanna Pattanayak under whose cover it was trying to escape.

The Sangram Samiti had submitted a five-point-charter of demand on July 8 to the Government through the team of Ministers that claimed to be discussing with the Sangram Samiti on behalf of the CM.

On this charter of demand only decisions were to be taken in the JAC on August 1. There was no question of any discussion with Baishnab Parida.

Gajanan babu and fellow relay strikers had ended the fasting strike and the Sangram Samiti had withdrawn its campaign on official assurance of fulfilling its five-point charter of demands and the Government was morally bound to act only upon that assurance in the JAC on August 1. It could have honored its words to implement the five demands of the Sangram Samiti as promised or could have shamelessly refused to honor its words given to the Sangram Samiti.

But it brought in their party MP Parida who raised uncalled for hubbubs, knowing pretty well that in the instant scheme of JAC, he was not legitimately entitled to participate, because he was neither in the team of ministers nor in the list of representatives of the Sangram Samiti.

The Government was and is free to discuss with him and any number of persons in matter of its role in Official Language Act. But, as far as its promise to Gajanan Mishra and fellow fasting strikers and the Sangram Samiti is concerned, bringing in Baishab Parida to make unnecessary noise to derail the discussion is a naked act of betrayal.

We doubt, as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is afraid that he cannot function if Oriya becomes the compulsory language of governance, and Officers who have been cheating the State by operating only in English, the Government  have resorted to tricks to delay the implementation of the Official Language Act.

Sri Gajanan Mishra, in this context, has placed the facts before the people of Orissa in a detailed edit-page article in Samaja today. I am placing below his article.

Peruse it and rise to the cause, dear brothers and sisters.

Gajanan Mishra in Samaja

Modern Media’s Body Selling Mentality in full Display in Sambad: Whither our Journalism?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A tainted leader of Orissa’s ruling party, which is home to many corrupt fellows, died. Till his death, he could not establish that he was not a punishable offender.

He was Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s blue-eyed-boy, his cabinet colleague, his guide and his top preference for the Upper House of India’s Parliament.

Therefore, he was the leader of the BJD wing in Rajya Sabha. He was Kalpataru Das.

But, as is said, “Time and Tide wait for none”, the Time enjoys its own freedom to act as it likes. It sometimes randomly beams light into the dark sanctuary of criminals and they get exposed.

This happened to Kalpataru. He was earlier noted for many acts of corruption. But his latest nefarious involvement in land and housing scams as well as in chit fund got unexpectedly exposed in August-September last year. He had to resign from BJD leadership in the Rajya Sabha on September 12, 2014 and the BJD “supremo” had to “appoint” superb user of hockey stick Dillip Tirkey in his place, though, despite this, he continued in Rajya Sabha to the full enjoyment of privileges of the Parliament.

Till death, as is noted above, he could not establish that he was not a felonious offender.

Orissa’s mainstream media house “Eastern Media Ltd”, the owner of which Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, who aspires to lead the political State, was a major carrier of information on Kalpataru’s three exposed offenses noted above in its flagship ‘The Sambad’. But, it was not limited to that. In course of updating, it had raised the question as to why his earlier offenses are not being investigated into for penal prosecution.

Body selling of newspapers has become so much the practice under houses that publish newspapers for money, not for guarding the democracy as its sentinel, that the same newspaper ‘The Sambad’ of the same “Eastern Media Ltd” of the same Soumya Ranjan Patnaik has forced upon the people of Orissa the same Kalpataru Das as “Yuga Purusa” (the best person of our time). Whither our journalism?

Sambad on Kalpataru copy

Prostitutes sell their bodies for money, now newspapers do. What a magic of plutocracy! What a shame! What a degradation for money!

Newspapers are owned by business houses guided by avarice. People who bear the cost of production and because of whose support ads come, revenue multiples, media owners fetch profit, have no control over the contents.

How the people will take it?

I find the feeling of the people in a poem written instantly by former Banker Tusarkant Satapathy who, post retirement, has emerged a social activist and an accomplished columnist.

Here is this poem:

Tusar babu on sambad ad of 4.8.2015We will appreciate if Eastern Media reacts.


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