The Farce called Election Cases starts commencing with Petitions filed in Orissa High Court

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Some of the defeated candidates including media heavyweight Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and popular Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra have filed election petitions in Orissa High Court. With this a new farce with very remote possibility of conclusion has commenced.

We have in these pages been insisting that the Supreme Court should come forward to constitute a separate election bench for exclusive hearing and timely disposal of election cases, binding the High Courts to create such exclusive benches at their end, so that the houses of people’s representative are helped to get rid of manipulators of elections, if any, as pointed out in entertained election petitions, without being affected by illegitimate members. But it has remained a cry in wilderness.

The result is, election cases have become de facto farcical, inasmuch as most of them are not heard and decided till the alleged manipulators complete the entire term of five years as people’s legitimate representatives!

Former Finance Minister P.Chidambaram is a case for reference.

These topics may help study the phenomenon:
1. Democracy needs Supreme Court to create separate Election Benches
2. Sivaganga shows us how hollow has become our democracy
3. Cidambaram could not have dared to contest: But Judiciary should be ashamed of how it helped him stay in power for the whole term
4. Exclusive Election Tribunals Essential

As long as separate Election Benches in High Courts or in the Supreme Court or an Election Tribunal like the National Green Tribunal do not get formed, election cases, in our opinion, can at best be viewed as a pattern pf political farce.

The Country needs a law that should put an elected member of an Assembly or the Loksabha in suspended animation the moment an election petition challenging her/his election is admitted for hearing , binding every such election court to dispose of the admitted case within the first year of election. As otherwise, democracy shall have no escape from the hands of the manipulators.

Impose Ceiling on Private Wealth Mr. Modi, don’t threat Common Indian with Further Financial Burden

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has expressed in a meeting of his party workers in Goa that the economic ruin his predecessor Manmohan Singh has pushed the country into, warrants tougher steps that may also affect the purse of the common man.

This makes two things clear:

Firstly, Modi was ignorant of the economic condition of India before he cultivated BJP pimps to market him as their prim-ministerial candidate. Had he any real knowledge about the country’s economic condition under Manmohan Singh, instead of now telling the people that, they are to bear the financial burden to help him rule them, he should have told them about how he was to salvage the country from the economic strait, if elected. He kept the people in dark about his ideas, and now threatens them with new financial burdens! If they were to be further exploited to help the juggernaut of Modi move, they could have refused him the mandate. They are now going to be cheated.

Secondly, Modi knew the details of the economic ruin Manmohan Singh had dragged the country into, where economic aggrandizers prospered and common man perished, as was bound to happen under capitalism. Modi had nothing to say against that, as he also belongs to the same nasty school of capitalism. In fact, in his entire electioneering, capitalism was never criticized. He had never uttered a single word of disapproval of Manmohan Singh’s political economy, because he is also to continue with the same baton. He deliberately hurled abusive words at the Congress President and her family and with the help of Goebbels in the media, made the election person-centric instead of ideology-centric. And, while doing so, he knew that the government he was to run will impose burdens on the common man so that his show shall continue unhindered, exactly as Manmohan Singh subjected the people to all sorts of nefarious exploitation by the capitalists and compradors with the assurance that the end result thereof would benefit the people.

In these pages we had shown how Anna Hazare was used to divert people’s spontaneous uprising against misrule of Manmohan Singh from ills of capitalism to corruption, as a prelude to emergence of a new mask of capitalism. And that new mask is Modi.

Yet, he was the best thing to happen, in absence of any effective alternative that could have brought Communism to power. Many alert Indians to whom Modi is an anathema to the purpose of Indian Republic, supported him under the pretension that the election 2014 was an opportunity to chose between American Imperialism represented by the Congress and Indian Capitalism represented by the BJP. So, it was patriotic for them to prefer the BJP.

Therefore, Modi’s emergence as the Prime Minister is based on patriotic preference of a large number of Indians, in the battle of American Imperialism versus Indian Capitalism.

This preference will not stay if Modi precipitates a battle between Capitalism and the common man.
As the Prime Minister, he is to run his administration which must ensure strong defense of the Republic and pursue the projects of welfare. And for these basic purposes, he must need enough money. As a man groping about in the dark now, he has expressed his mind to collect the money from the people. He must not proceed in this direction, because people have already been exhausted by paying for making the rich richer.

What should, then, he do?

Only two steps he has to take.

He has rightly taken the first step to recover black money stashed by dishonest Indians in foreign banks. He must expedite it and bring back the money from the coffers of the traitors.

The second step he should take, is, imposition of ceiling on private wealth and confiscation all wealth exceeding the ceiling.

The country has already had the experience of ceiling on landed properties. In view of this precedence, it is just and proper and entirely legal to impose ceiling on private wealth in terms of money and confiscate the excess amount.

So enormous funds, thus, would be available that there shall be no necessity to impose any more financial burden on the common man.

If he does not heed to this advice, a new era will come to Indian Republic through a new battle between capitalism and the common man, nobody knows how, though, when Modi fails as the last hope in the present circumstances, it must.

Citizen’s Forum discussed the Role of Media in Election-2014

From Suresh Panigrahi
(Photo from Asis)

Bhubaneswar based Citizen’s Forum, on May 28, organized a discussion on, “ Role of Media in 2014 General Election” by inviting among others a few prominent media persons of the state. They included Subash Ch Pattanayak (orissamatters.com), Rabi Das (Ama Rajdhani and ex-Editor Pragatibadi/Paryabekhak), Sudhir Pattnaik (The Samadrusti), Praffula Dash (The Hindu) and Basant Majhi of the Samyabadi.

Veteran left leader Sri Janardhan Pati presided over the event.

on media's role in election 2014

Sri Rabi Das initiated the discussion by making a scathing attack on the irresponsible role that media played in the last election. He said, this was the first general election in the post independence history of the country where it appeared as if the media fought the election and won it. In his view, the mass media was preparing Modi since 2012 Gujarat election victory and was therefore influencing public opinion accordingly. The media today is not in a position to think independently. It has become a mouthpiece of the corporate world. They have followed the American Presidential election campaign pattern, said Sri Das. The corporate world by using media has now captured India’s parliamentary democracy. The coming in to power of communal, fascist and corporate forces indicates the grim danger ahead, warned Rabi Das.

In his presentation, Sri.Sudhir Pattnaik, Editor of the Samadrusti clarified that there should not be any confusion about the character of media today since they are very much part of the corporations. Media is being used as the ultimate weapon to clear all hurdles that come on the way of an aggressive capital. According to him, the progressive forces have failed collectively to understand media, Modi and the Indian electorate-all of them are controlled by a restless aggressive capital which is globally advancing its agenda, Said Pattnaik. He wanted people to be careful when they treat Modi an autonomous man as he represents an ideology and there are forces behind him who are projecting him as an individual who will deliver good governance only to capture power. These forces have been preparing Modi for this coveted post for quite a long time and at a huge cost. Today, they have become successful. This is how Modi a man who became subject of household discussion because of Gujarat Muslim genocide in 2002 became an extremely popular man in 2014.

But it would be wrong to say that the credit of the Modi victory goes to corporate media alone, as RSS was working hardest at all level staring from the booth to ensure that its Swayam Sevak becomes the PM. Modi’s media package was total which included all forms of media-social, print, electronic, physical events etc each one complementing the other. On the contrary, we see progressive forces lacking in all spheres of the campaign. We must understand media and make use of it if we are to succeed. The most feasible way out would be to strengthen non corporate media in all forms, said Sudhir Pattnaik.

Media mischief made India’s Parliamentary democracy suffer blatant defeat in the hands a single individual Narendra Modi in Election 2014, said Veteran journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak. He pointed out that primacy of Parliament in selection of a Prime Minister was relegated by the media into insignificance, as much ahead of election of the MPs to say who should be their leader, Modi was projected by Media as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, when in fact, he was appointed by BJP as head of its propaganda committee. His Goebbels in media were so eager to reduce India’s Parliament-centric democracy to person-centric, that, to make their design gather momentum, they even were instigating the Congress leadership to announce their Prime-Ministerial candidate before the Parliament election, observed Pattanayak. And, in this design to keep voters dazzled under propaganda for Mr. Modi, the necessity for raising issues for mandate was totally discarded by media, he said. Media did not educate the people on Modi, on all the facets of his political ideology and activities, when he was the only person projected as Prime-ministerial candidate. When ills of capitalism crippled India, in reaction whereto people were so discernibly against Manmohan Singh government, whether capitalism should remain the norm of administration or the country should return to its fundamental resolve for socialism should have been made the issue by the the fourth estate of democracy; but it failed to fulfill this responsibility, as its priority is profit, not the people, he said.

Media never wanted to tell the masses what were the causes behind great scams of the UPA government, inflation, price rise, unemployment etc, and what difference Modi would bring, if he comes to power and how. Modi and the media have not uttered a single word against neoliberal economic policies and the corporate raj. As evidenced in Election 2014, Media has abandoned its social, political and nationalistic responsibilities, a deeply saddened Subash Pattnayak told the audience.

The Hindu’s Odisha chief Prafulla Dash was extremely critical of the way media played a pro-Modi and pro-Nabin partisan role under the heavy influence of corporations invading the soil of Odisha. They carried relentlessly unqualified pro-corporate news under the influence of unaccountable money. The Mafia in Odisha has taken over media in Odisha, opined Dash. It is not easy to challenge the tyranny of corporate media but unless we strengthen small media initiatives at the grassroots level, there is no hope for a better world, said Sri Dash.

Sri Basant Majhi, Associate Editor, Weekly Samyabadi presented statistics suggesting the scale and involvement of corporate power and their money in the last general election. He lamented that the intellectuals and media have become servants of capital today. Henceforth money and only money will decide the future of Indian democracy- a message that one gets from the 2014 general election.

In his presidential address, Sri Janardhan Pati did not appear so hopeless and assured all that it will not be wise to write off Indian masses and accept the temporary success of corporate media as their ultimate success. The media will be rendered useless and irrelevant by the masses if it fails to raise issues affecting the common men.

The Secretary of Citizens Forum, Sri Suresh Panigrahi offered a vote of thanks at the end.

Welcome the new Cabinet

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir administered oath of office and secrecy to members of the new Cabinet in Raj Bhawan this forenoon.

The ceremony began with Mr. Naveen Patnaik swearing in as Chief Minister at 10.10 AM followed by 11 Cabinet Ministers and 10 Ministers of State. The ceremony ended at 11.10 AM.

Dr Damodar Rout, Debi Prasad Mishra, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Badrinaryan Patra, Lalbihari Himrika, Bijoyshree Routray, Usha Devi, Jogendra Behera, Pradeep Maharathy, Pushendra Singh Deo and Pradeep Kumar Amat took oath as Cabinet Ministers,whereas Arun Sahu, Ramesh Majhi, Prafulla Mallick, Pranab Prakash Das, Sudam Marnadi Dr Pradeep Panigrahi, Snehangini Chhuria, Asok Kumar Panda, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and Sanjaya Dasburma took oath as Ministers of State.

Most of the sworn-in Ministers touched the feet of the Chief Minister before and after taking oath of office, oblivious of how such sycophancy is an affront to the dignity of the constitutional posts they are bestowed upon with.Portfolios are yet to be distributed.

But the good thing is that, Naveen has eased out some of his former cabinet colleagues, who, in public perception, were not of the stuff that matches political responsibility and probity.

The Chief Minister being the same as of the last term, it will be proper for the new Cabinet to begin with taking stock of assurances given by the government in the last Assembly and to discourage loss of Cabinet resolutions in bureaucratic labyrinth at the stage of execution.

When the new team starts functioning, its collective responsibility should be emancipation of people from the pernicious grip of trade and industry that have posed severe threat to environment and eco-systems of the State.

It would be better to keep the future generations of Orissa and their right to the State’s natural resources in mind before squandering them away for touted benefit of only the present generation.

The last Government had done a lot of damage to the contemporary and future generations of Oriyas. Yet, the mandate given to Naveen is with the last hope that his approach may change, good sense may prevail and State terror may end.

With hope against hope that this new government would be pro-people instead of being pro-power, we welcome the new Cabinet.

Naveen Patnaik to propitiate Jagannath before oath taking; but which Jagannath: the Secular or the Communal?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

On bagging fresh mandate, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to take oath as Chief Minister of Orissa for the forth term today. But before taking the oath of office, he is to visit Puri to propitiate Sri Jagannath.

Which Jagannath he is to propitiate is the question; because Jagannath is now not the one that belong to the Oriya orientation. He has become what originally he was not. He has now two aspects: secular and communal. People of Orissa have a right to know to which aspect their Chief Minister adhering.

Originally Sri Jagannath is Buddha, the supreme leader of ancient Oriyas, who, to save the democratic uniqueness of his motherland Tosala (modern Orissa), had rushed to Rajagrha (Magadh) – the heartland of Vedic imperialism – to obstruct the spread of autocracy by uniting the Vajiyan Tribes in the pattern of Orissa’s tribal democracies against empire building.

The Magadh emperor Bimbisar had stopped empire building on being convinced of the irrelevance thereof and had adopted Buddha as his friend, philosopher and guide.

The Vedic chauvinists had instigated his son Ajatasattu to take over Magadh by putting his father behind the bars, which he had done and through his Brahmin minister Bassakar, had tried to dissuade Buddha from obstructing empire building.

Buddha had rejected the request, as a result of which, Ajatasattu had failed to spread his empire beyond what Bimbisar had built.

When Vedic empire had thus to stop at Magadh, the people of Tosala were safe to pursue their democratic practice because of Buddha.

Hence to the inhabitants of his motherland Orissa Buddha became the most revered master and his tenets became their ism.

The entire Orissa became a land of Buddhist practice and his birthplace Kapilavastu (land of red soil – RANGAMATIA) in the Dhauli Guri region of Bhubaneswar became the fountainhead of Buddhism, which was the most insurmountable obstacle to spread of Vedic empire building.

To destroy this fountainhead, Asoka, the wicked emperor of Magadha, had attacked Orissa at Dhauligiri and having been brought to knees in the historic Kalinga War, where Orissa’s women warriors had even overwhelmed him, he had fled with life after adopting Buddhism as his creed. He, however, used this conversion to Buddhism to destroy Buddhism in the guise of spreading the philosophy, which history is yet to note. (Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Sri jaya Devanka Baisi Pahacha, Bharata Bharati, Cuttack).

Like Gorbachev destroyed USSR by using Perestroika and Glasnost, Asoka destroyed the atheist uniqueness of Buddhism by making Buddhists accommodate interpolation of theism on their philosophy through the epithet “Devanam Piya” (beloved of the Gods) that Asoka used for himself while posing a great patron of Buddhism (Ibid).

However, Buddha’s support to matriarch democracies of Orissa had encouraged Oriya tribes to revere him as the embodiment of mother Nature and lifted him to the level of deity Jaganta that they were worshiping in a wooden log as a symbol of mother Nature. While doing so, to Jaganta (the wooden log shaped like a female torso representing reproductive qualities of nature) they had added drawings of a pair of ‘Thana’ (breasts) recognition of the mother’s ability to feed her child. Thus Jaganta had evolved as ‘Jaganta-tha’ (Ibid).

The great Buddhist leader of Orissa, Indrabhuti, who founded Bouddha Vajrayan, elevated this Jaganta-tha to Jagannatha, who, to him, was non but Buddha. After demise of Buddha, his followers were projecting him as omnipresent (Gaganopama) and Bouddha Shunyavad was trying to safeguard the Buddhist tenets. But, an object of direct worship was necessary to face the image worshipping design of Brahminism. Indrabhuti in that circumstances had tried to develop an idol of Buddha in a pattern most acceptable to majority of Orissa, the tribals. So, he amalgamated Buddhist tenets to the tribal deity Jaganta-tha and created Jagannath.

In delivering ‘Jnanasiddhi’ the canon to Vajrayan, he first propitiated Buddha as Jagannath in the verse noted below:

Pranipatya Jagannatham Sarvajina-vararchitam,
Sarva Buddhamayam siddhi-vyapinam gaganopamam,
Sarvadam-sarva satvoyahsarvajna varavararjinam,
Bhaktyaham sarva bhavena vaksye tat sadhanam param” (Two Vajrayan works, p.-31).

And since then, Jagannath has remained Buddha to Oriyas. In innumerable Oriya works of letters and scriptures, Jagannath is depicted as Buddha.

Vedic chauvinists have rushed to Puri and established various Maths to transform Jagannath from Buddha to Vishnu, a Hindu deity and Brahmins have promulgated caste apartheid in his abode with the help of their patron kings and post-independence administration. Yet, till date, his worship as well as preparation of Mahaprasad are based on Tantra. His most popular public rituals such as Snana Yatra, Ratha Yatra, Naba Kalebara et cetera are all tantric in charecter he himself is known as the God of Tantra (Bhairav) and Goddess of Tantra (Daksina Kalika).

So, Jagannath at present has two distinctly opposite identities. Originally as Buddha he is entirely secular and under hegemony of the Brahmins, he is totally communal.

Now when foul play of plutocracy has pushed politics into religious polarization, and communalism has replaced political ism as the issue in election, of which Naveen is an offshoot, it is pertinent for him to let people know as to which Jagannath – the the secular or communal – he is going to propitiate before taking the statutory oath of office as the State’s Chief Minister.

The New Orissa Cabinet may be well received

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa’s new Council of Ministers to take oath tomorrow along with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Raj Bhawan, Bhubaneswar may be well received by the people, because, in selecting his new team Mr. Patnaik has jettisoned some such of his colleagues, whose inclusion could have been very embarrassing.

Naveen PatnaikThis is the first time, Mr. Patnaik is believed to have picked up a team of his own choice. And, the choice seems to be an act of application of mind.

The new team will have twelve Cabinet Ministers including the CM and ten Ministers of State.

The Cabinet Ministers will include Dr. Damodar Raut, Debi Prasad Mishra, Jogendra Behera, Bijayashree Rautray, Badrinarayan Patra, Pradeep Maharathi, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Ms. Usha Devi, Pradeep Amat, Puspendra Singhdeo and Lal Bihari Himirika.

Former officer of Indian Information Service Asok Panda, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Arun Sahoo, Sanjay Das Burma, Pranab Prakas Das, Pradeep Panigrahi, Sudam Marandi, Prafulla Mallik, Ramesh Majhi, and Snehangini Chhuria are being taken in as Ministers of State.

Last Hope or Lost Hope

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In a legislative house monstrous majority of the ruling party generates an environment where compradors use power to build up their empires at the cost of democracy.

With 117 out of 147 seats in Orissa Assembly, the ruling BJD will pursue its agenda of serving the foreign and Indian private sector like the POSCO and Vedanta more vigorously and the poor peasants and proletariat of Orissa, who are so much devoid of purchasing power that rice at Re.1 per kg is provided to them for saving their life from starvation deaths, would suffer imperilment exactly as the fishes that rush into the fisherman’s net perish.

State terror would more menacingly be unleashed to suppress the voices of protest against displacement and oppression. Mother Orissa would more aggressively be denuded of whatever mineral wealth she has yet preserved and of waters her rivers yet save the people with.

Dark days would soon overwhelm Orissa, as ruling politicians having earned the expertise in fetching votes despite having put the people in debacles, will not bother about how the common man would perish under industrialization.

The Executive that has produced even multimillionaire peons in government offices in the BJD regime would be more ruthlessly accommodative to loot of the exchequer, as the massive majority the government in the Assembly would create for the regime’s corrupt collaborators the safest haven.

At such a critical juncture, the last hope or lost hope is Opposition, howsoever small be its size. Members of only three parties – Congress, BJP, and Samatakranti – may constitute the Opposition. Two independents could be known by their actions in future.

So, regardless of who rules the State, the most precious for the people of Orissa shall be Narasingh Mishra, Chiranjibi Biswal, Jogesh Singh, Prafulla Majhi, Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Bhujubal Majhi, Krushna Sagadia, Nabakishore Das, Surya Rao , Amshuman Mohanty, Subala Sahu , Jacob Pradhan, Chandra Sekhar Majhi, Prakash Behera, and Kailash Kulsika of the Congress Party and Dillip Ray, Nitish Gangadev, Basanta Panda, Radharani Panda, Duryodhan Majhi Rabi Nayak, Bibhuti Harichandan, Govind Das and Pradip Purohit of BJP as well as George Tirkey of Samata Kranti and the lone Communist Lakhmana Munda from Bonai.

Let them – specifically the members of Congress and BJP – stay away from mindless loyalty to their central bosses and act in honor of the faith the people of Orissa have put on them in their respective constituencies. Let them not forget that the election was nothing but a veiled contest between American imperialism sponsored by Sonia and Manmohan Singh and Indian capitalism epitomized by Narendra Modi. Orissa has rejected both those parties quite clearly. Hence let them appreciate that they are elected on the basis of their personal acceptability to the people of Orissa belonging to their respective constituencies.

They will make a mistake by taking that in electing them the people have elected their parties.

Hence, let them act as individual and collective sentinels of interest of the people of Orissa as otherwise the State cannot be saved from the clutches of the compradors representing the interests of POSCO and Vedanta and the likes.

Let them remember that they are the last hope or the lost hope for Orissa in the present phase.

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