Stop cheating the farmers:Leader of Orissa Opp asks the govt.s in the State and the Centre

Leader of Opposition in Orissa Assembly Narasingh Mishra came down heavily upon both the Governments at the State and the Centre that, to him, are cheating the farmers.

The House was debating on the adjournment brought by his chief-whip on “apathy of the State and the Centre on the plight of farmers’.

BJD that rules the State had promised in its 2014 manifesto to provide irrigation to 10 lakh hectares in the current term. The promise is discernibly left in the lurch, he said. This tantamount to cheating the farmers with promises designed to bring in votes only. he asked the BJD government to show if a single medium or major irrigation project has been completed within its entire tenure of 18 years. Similarly in a diatribe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the distinguished debater denounced him for his blatant cheating to the farmers whom he had assured of revision of ‘Minimum Support Price’ to one-and-half-time the cost of production while seeking mandate in 2014. Modi even avoided the Assembly’s House Committee on the issue of MSP, he roared.

BJP members Basant Panda and Rabinarayan Das held the BJD government responsible for the plight of farmers as it neither is honoring the Centre’s guideline on pest control nor protecting their economy through bonus.

Taraprasad Bahinipati slammed the State Government over its blatant failure in agricultural front and felt, when the State is depending on import of vegetables and fruits and poultry and fishery product on Andhra Pradesh, basking under tags of Krushi Karman awards to this government should be viewed as awards to the unworthy.

Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy refused to agree with the allegation, asserting that the Govt. has been able to “double” farmers’ income within a decade.

Governor’s speech exposes how parochial is the State Government

Subhas Chandra pattanayak

Governor Dr. S.C. Jamir read out today his customary speech to the Legislative Assembly of Orissa on the commencement of its Budget session. This including obituary mentions was the only legitimate business transacted before the House was adjourned.

I am not inclined to discuss the speech. Better be it left to the wisdom of the Assembly members.

The only point that hits me as an embarrassment to Orissa is his mention of “commemorative postage stamp” released on the occasion of Biju Patnaik’s 102nd birthday, while keeping completely mum over the most prestigious Palanquin Carried Cover released by the Department of Posts on Rasagola, the symbol of Oriya Mana in the current context of Geographical Indication.

There is no cause for Oriyas, who know the reality of Biju Patnaik, to celebrate the postage stamp on him. Had his treachery against India in Chinese aggression not been suppressed despite findings arrived at through enquiry, Biju would certainly have ended in the Jails or in the gallows. He being a part of the Ruling Party at that time, both the successive Prime Ministers – Nehru and Sastry – had helped him escape prosecution and punishment. It is a matter of shame that the same Biju Patnaik, whom people of Orissa had punished through rejection for his corrupt practices, is being posthumously deified by fellows to whom probity in public life carries no importance. So, to us Oriyas, who had wisely rejected him in the last election of his life, a commemorative postage stamp on him is a matter to be laughed at.

But, to us Oriyas, the Palanquin Carried Cover recognizing the Rasagola as our indigenous sweetmeat, more ancient in age than all its namesakes in any part of India irrespective of differences in spelling, is recognition of our Mana by the Government of India, particularly in the Department of Posts.

It is a shame that the Governor has not put this splendid recognition on records in his speech to the Assembly.

Mr. Jamir, as the Governor, is, of course, a prisoner of statue that makes him read a written address to the Assembly prepared by the State Government.

Hence absence of the mention of the Palanquin Carried cover on Rasagola – Orissa’s national sweetmeat of Nilardri Bije significance, inherently enriched with the concept of Orissa’s indigenous Buddhist Sahajayan called ‘Cult of Jagannath’ – while mentioning of postage stamp on Biju, shows how parochial is Government of Orissa.

Sitakanta Mohapatra’s nepotistic mischief may mar Odia Univ

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Poet Sitakanta Mohapatra IAS (Rtd), who, for his literary activities, has got a Jnanpith award, has resorted to stark nepotism by recommending his close relation Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak for the post of Vice-Chancellor of a new University to be established by Government of Orissa in the name of Odia Bisvabidyalay. He has suggested that Dr. Pattanayak’s close associate Subrat Kumar Prusty be appointed as the Registrar of this University for the first term of three years.

If the Government accepts the recommendation, the mana of the University shall be marred from the beginning, as the two fellows recommended by Mohapatra are partners not only in looting the State Exchequre, but also in stealing others’ research results. Stealing intellectual properties is a lucrative business in the underground, the world knows.

Let us, therefore, look at these two fellows.

Bhasha Andolan, Orissa has moved the Government for blacklisting Dr. Pattanayak and his gang for the serious offenses they have committed against the State on the basis of documents attached to its memorandum.

The Culture Department has been asked by the Chief Secretary, Orissa to enquire into the allegations and report.

That, these two fellows have committed the crime is shown and elaborately discussed by this reporter in 24 weekly installments in a mainstream newspaper of Orissa. Equipped with these reports.the Culture department is now conducting an inquiry into how these two fellows stole the documents and compilation thereof collected and created through deep research by Odia Bhasa Pratisthan in support of the State Government’s claim for recognition of Classical Status of Oriya Language.

By stealing the official report with the documents, which is copy-righted by Odia Bhasa Pratisthan – the Language Institute of Government of Orissa – Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and Subrat K. Prusty have helped a private organization called KIS Foundation create a parallel copyright over the official document and making a bonanza by its sale at Rs.1500/- per copy.

Not only this reporter has exposed the felony, but also a very famous linguist, Prof. P. C. Pattanaik, who was in the Languistic Expert Committee of the Central Academy of Letters that granted Classical Status to Oriya Language, has, on 1st March 2014, informed the Chief Minister, Orissa of this serious offense. The letter has been suppressed in the CMO, as the Chief Minister is using Dr. Pattanayak to demoralize the Bhasha Andolan, the unique movement of BlackFlag, which has been demanding for legal punishment to whosoever obstructs governance of Orissa in Oriya.

But Prof. Dr. P.C. Pattanaik’s letter is so speaking that it would be of utmost relevance to quote it here. Terming the aforesaid offense “a vital issue that could have come as a big hindrance in the process of granting Classical Status to Odia” Prof. Pattanaik has said:

“I, Prakash C. Pattanaik, a Professor at the University of Delhi, was a member of the Linguistic Expert Committee that recommended Classical Status to Odia Language in the meeting held on 23rd July 2013. Though I was given the responsibility of the evaluation of the reports submitted to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, yet, as an Odia, I strongly argued in favor of granting the status to Odia Language, and being an Odia I feel proud of the role I played there.

But what came to my utter surprise, that day, was the two reports placed before the Committee. I would like to place bellow some information for the kind perusal of our Honorable Chief Minister.

1. Sir, the report that was prepared by Government of Orissa under the title, Classical Status of Odia Language, was placed before the Expert Committee on the day of the meeting; whereas copies of another report, under the title, Classical Status to Odia Language, submitted by some agencies, were sent to the members at least three weeks before.

2. Interestingly, except first few pages, both the reports supported by additional information as annexures, and running nearly five hundred pages, were verbatim, though Page No.2 of the Government of Odisha report under the title Classical Status of Odia Language reads as:
This document is exclusively prepared for the Department of Culture, Government of Odisha and cannot be re-produced, fully or partly, in any form.

3. And to my curiosity, presently, we find in the market another volume of similar nature under the title, Classical Odia, published by one KIS Foundation, and available for the sale for a price of Rs.1500/- per copy.

Considering the above facts I am really surprised that the contents of the report prepared by the Government of Odisha could reach others before it was used for the purpose it was planned for. And the same report, with little modification or in a different title, can be commercially used by others. Thus the facts presented above (are) creating doubt of serious lapses somewhere.

Sir, I take this opportunity to request you to kindly look into the matter personally so that the hidden truth gets revealed. My concern, as an Odia, is the violation of copyright act and the disclosure of Government report, which was later used by others.”

Had the Chief Minister acted upon this letter, Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak and Subrat Kumar Prusty would have been in jail by now.

But, no action has been taken, as these two fellows are being used by the CM and non-Oriya Officers to demoralize the Bhasha Andolan, which has already forced the imprudent Government to bend to its demand for punishment to whosoever obstructs governance of Orissa in Oriya.

In total acceptance of the argument this reporter had advanced while submitting a draft legislation as a member of the Ministerial Committee on 3rd September 2015, the State Cabinet, in its meeting on 14th March,2018 has said,

“Though the Act (Orissa Official Language Act) is very old Act and is in force since 1954, the provisions of the notification issued under Sub Section (2) of Section 2 of the said Act vide Notification No. 7152 -Gen.,dtd 29.03.1985 published in the extraordinary issue of the Odisha Gazette No. 562 dtd 10.04.1985 directing all the employees and Officers of the State Government excepting those specified in the schedule thereto to use Odia Language in all official nothings, the same is not properly implemented as there is no provision for imposing penalty against the Officers and employees who are violating the provisions of the Notifications under the Act.”

It shows that, use of Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak by the Chief Minister to foil the Bhasha Andolan is failing. Yet, anti-Oriya officers who de facto control the state administration have not allowed the CM and his Cabinet to pronounce the quantum of punishment against violation of the Official Language Act, when the same cabinet meeting has spelt out the quantum of punishment for non-use of Oriya in commercial signboards.

Taking advantage of this nexus of non-Oriyas with Dr. Pattanayak and his gang, specifically as no prosecution has started against these two above fellows, Dr. Pattanayak’s close relation Sitakanta Mohapatra, suppressing the fact that he is closely related to Dr. Pattanayak, has advanced his recommendation for placement of the emerging Odia Bisvabidyalaya in the hands of these two alleged culprits. To further advantage of these two fellows, G.V.V.Sharma IAS, the known opponent of governance of Orissa in Oriya, is the Secretary of Higher Education under the control of which the University is to be established.

People of Orissa must rise against this ill design. The Odia Bisvabidyalaya must not be made a sanctuary for thesis thieves. Our Language is to be saved from the gang of language mafia.

People would not like their President to be a lier

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

It was a shock to hear the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind delivering nauseating lies at Cuttack on March 17 while delivering his address on the occasion of official preservation of a private house built by the grandfather of Orissa’s incumbent Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik , which has been renovated to a dazzling mansion from a run-down structure with crores of rupees spent from the State Exchequer that thrives on multiple taxes the people are being forced to pay and loans.

Kovid said, this building, named Ananda Bhavan, the only other building of India in this name after the Allahabad one, was the core center of freedom movement where all top leaders of the movement were gathering and finalizing the plans of the struggle. What a taradiddle!

No conclave of freedom fighters had ever taken place in this house of Laxminarayan Patnaik, father of Biju Patnaik and grandfather of Naveen Patnaik, who was in run for employment from zamidari to zamidari, lastly working under the zamidar of Paralakhemindi. No freedom fighter of Orissa – dead and alive – has ever referred to this house as a center of their meetings. Wherefrom Kovind got this blatantly wrong and concocted information?

The noble history of our freedom movement must not be vitiated with such false propaganda. President Kovind must come out with the truth on verification.

He misled the people by citing his experience in Morarjee raj. If he really had watched Biju at that time, he must have known how Morarjee Government collapsed after Justice Gattani was appointed by the PM to inquire into serious allegation of corruption raised by Murli Manohar Joshi and Rudra Prasanna Sarangi against Biju in the Janata Parliamentary Party meeting.
In order to escape the probe, Biju had joined Charan Singh. Is Kovind ignorant of this or he suppressed this truth while speaking about the Morarjee days?

Biju and probity were two poles apart.

He was kicked out of power by the people of Orissa for his self-centric activities and incorrigible corrupt practices.

But the pack of politicians that had taken over from him was no less corrupt. When Biju died, abandoned by his family, under care of an outsider (Dillip Ray), the magnanimous people of Orissa considered his pathetic death as sufficient punishment given even by God. As is their wont, they become sympathetic. The super wordy-acrobat J.B. Patnaik, who had used super-sycophantic terms like “Ruturaj Basanta” for Sanjay Gandhi, coined similar epithets for Biju as “Jhadar Eagle” that helped Biju sycophants to spread the “sympathy wave” by weaving concocted legends around their dead master.

By that time, an over-ambitious gang of Congress had drowned the JB regime in corruption, nepotism and sexual controversies. People had made up their mind against the Congress. But, there was no ready alternative available. Thus, at the end of the term of that government, when election was held, people determined to teach the Congress a lesson, accepted Naveen, as their Hobson’s choice. But they were so reluctant, that, he had to coalesce with BJP.

Naveen, by his own merit, was not acceptable to the people. Hence the sycophants concentrated in building posthumous image of Biju, cooking up conundrums like “Biju’s dream”.

Some of the journalists that were being sumptuously supplied with choicest wine by Biju acted his posthumous image-builders.

There cannot be any mafia who must not be charismatic. Hence he had his charisma. People, particularly adolescents who had no knowledge on Biju’s misdeeds and treachery against the country, believed the published legends. And, Naveen named every official project after Biju, making the gullible look at his fabricated image as real.

The President ought to educate himself on this reality and if possible on his part, use his prerogative to appoint a commission to inquire into how he was misled into accepting the so-called Andand Bavan as the second best central point of our freedom movement.

The people would not like their President to be a lier.

If the President knows, and people do not know, the namesake of Anand Bhavan in Cuttack was the core center of our freedom movement where plans of the movement were being drawn up, he should now divulge the details.

Rasagola: Symbolic of Orissa’s ancient matriarchal splendor

Subhas Chandra pattanayak

Orissa is the birthplace of Rasagola. According to Dr. Asit Mohanty (Sri Jagannathanka Rasagola, 2017), earliest unambiguous reference to Rasagola is found in the Ramayan of Balaram Das . But its origin, taking into consideration the spiritual importance given to this sweetmeat in SriMandira system, perhaps Balaram Das, having umbilical link with the matriarchal concept that had emanated from Orissa and given a great challenge to Vedic perception of male-centric cause of creation. I shall dwell on this speculation.

Against Veda’s Brahmavad (philosophy of patriarchy), Orissa had created Tanuvad (philosophy of matriarchy) and had maintained her uniqueness, which developed into the Cult of Jagannath (Nabakalebar: Legends and Reality, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, 2015)

According to the Vedic school, the supreme male ‘Brahma’ creates everything. Orissa had rejected this idea and projected female as the cause of creation.

Its political economy has been discussed in depth in my book ‘Sri Jaya Devanka Baishi Pahacha’ (Bharat bharati, Cuttack, 2005).

This matriarchal philosophy called ‘Tantra’ (tanutattva) has its briefest possible manifestation in the root rhythm (‘Vija Nada’) OM ( ଓଁ ) of Padmabati, the supreme power source in Tantra, out of which the eight Vija Mantras representing the eight female-powers have evolved.

OM comprises the alphabet O with a ‘Bindu’ (round mass) kept inside a semi-circular container at the top thereof. This Bindu is symbolic of ovum in the womb that metamorphoses into creation.

Giving a brief description of how creation takes place, Premabhakti Brahma Gita says, ‘Omkar nama taku dei / Debi basile tahin jai // Tebe se nishchala nohila / Puni hin talamala hela // Debi boile taha jani / Tu Vajrakila hua puni // Tote mun deuachhi bara / Vajra je heu to sharira // Se Vajrakila bole shuni / Bara tu jebe delu puni // Tu Adimata shakti hebu / Mote tu linga je karibu // To ange bhedi muhin thibi/ Sakala srusti mun karibi //”

This symbolic ovum in the semi-circular container of fluid resembling the womb has remained the mark of Orissa’s mother-right that SriJagannath (Buddha) stands for. Therefore, Oriya ancestors, when male-factor was superimposed on SriJagannatha, basically the Sabari Bali of Buddhist Siddhas, created a situation for the Lord to honor Laxmi with Rasagola symbolising the ovum in the womb, on the occasion of reunion after the Ratha Yatra (Car Festival).

Rasagola, a cheese-ball in sweetened water (‘Rasa’), prepared in such a method that it would absorb the Rasa while poised therein, represents Orissa’s indigenous philosophy of mother-centric creation, where the ovum in the womb with a round shape becomes a foetus developing healthily in the amniotic sac containing amniotic fluid.

Thus the philosophy of coitus (Maithunavad), with which Orissa had challenged the Vedic system, is entirely represented in offering only of the Rasagola to Gaddess Laxmi on the reunion night with the Lord. Brahminism in attempts to engulf the Tantric predominance in SriMandira has created legends to suppress this philosophic property in course of time, but Rasagola being the only offering of the Lord to Laxmi on return to His abode at the end of the Rath Yatra, despite the legend, remains the most speaking manifestation of matriarchal symbolism that ancient Oriyas had conceived and carried through even in their culinary experimentations. Thus Rasagola predates even Balaram Das.

Sans any knowledge on why only Rasagola is used in this particular night of Niladri Bije, people from Bengal and other places that were frequenting Puri as pilgrims had tested Rasagola as a sweetmeat and learned the technique of its preparation, subsequently exploiting it commercially. Cultural dishonesty sic passim their claim for GI tag has soured the situation.

Yet, there are seekers of truth, who, aware of how Bengal’s claim over this sweetmeet through use of different spelling of the cuisine has become controversial, have no reluctance to locate its origin in Orissa. As for example, author of ‘The Penguin Food Guide to India’ Charmaine O’Brien, cited by Mohanty, has, in the Chapter “Orissa – Feeding the Divine’, noted,

“One food item that is the subject of particular dispute between the two States is the Chenna based Rasagulla. The most likely story is that the Rasagulla came into Bengal from Orissa, but was commercially produced and popularised in Calcutta.”

Now, therefore, when Government of India in the Department of Posts under Ministry of Communication released a Palanquin Carried Cover, featuring this unique cuisine on March 01, 2018, it did a great service to the country by putting on records the ancient most practice in vogue only in Orissa, every atom whereof is culturally philosophic.

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 →