Predicament over Pandian: Need is Governor’s Intervention

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa’s present official predicament can be termed ‘V.K.Pandian’. He is private Secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. His residence was ransacked by group of persons holding BJP flags on the 10th of February allegedly in protest against his politically pregnant activities that jeopardize public interest.

The collective bargaining body of IAS officers and organizations of other government servants on whom the IAS officers have their exerting influence, have met the Chief Minister and demanded stern action against fellows that embarrassed Pandian. The CM has promised to comply with their demand. Seven persons are already put behind the bars.

The unprecedented solidarity shown to Pandian by his class , displayed simultaneously with the ruling party rally in his support, forces one to wonder as to what extent the persons in administrative services can browbeat Orissa.

Theory of Thrashing the Officials

Father of the CM – Biju Patnaik – who was people’s Hobson’s choice, had, as the Chief Minister, come to the conclusion that , unless the malfunctioning functionaries are beaten violently by the people, administration would not run on its desired track; and, therefore, had given a clarion call for beating the bureaucrats as and when and where the people feel the remedy to misrule lies in this shock-treatment. Naveen Patnaik has glorified this ‘Theory of Thrashing the Officials’ (Mada-Tattva) by glorifying his father.

If Biju Patnaik is not posthumously condemned for this political hooliganism, why should someone be prosecuted against for practicing his glorified ‘theory’ on Pandian, whom his attackers hold as the personification of misrule to which the CM’s floor in the Secretariat has subjected Orissa?

Power Wielder

Why the Chief Minister was silent when a media survey identified him as the third most powerful man in Orissa, more powerful than all the Ministers and Secretaries including the Chief Secretary? Naveen babu celebrated his first position in this list prepared by the survey and therefore, also his Private Secretary’s position.

Orissa Chief Minister is yet to learn that democracy suffers when a PS of a CM surpasses every Minister and Secretary in power in a State.

If he has an iota of respect for democracy, he should, as Chief Minister, tell the people how and why his private secretary is more powerful than his ministerial colleagues and all other Secretaries including the Chief Secretary.

Sans any travesty of truth, I may repeat that in presenting the survey report, the concerned media had observed that Pandian “wields enormous power in not only the government, but also Biju Janata Dal“.

Two Instances

Only two instances of how normal administration is jeopardized by Pandian in gross violation of official conduct may be perused.

(1) Minister had to carry out his order

When Bijayashree Rautray was the Labor Minister, he had to carry out oral orders of Chief Minister’s V. K. Pandian to transfer P.K.Mohanty, District Labor Officer of Cuttack within a very short time of his posting, because he had justly initiated action against the unfair labor practices and prosecutable contravention of labor laws by the publisher of The Samaja, the newspaper that had pledged pages to political propaganda of the CM. Sri Rautray had personally told me of how he was forced by Pandian. I had published the matter under the caption “Transfer Industry: Orissa’s only industry that ensures income without investment”. If he had failed to take note of this at that time, let him now, when he has promised to protect Pandian, ask Sri Rautray to refute what I have said in that write-up.

(2) Mischief played even with the CM

As a member of the Ministerial Committee on working of Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, I had submitted a set of two legislations in September 2015: (a) Amendment of the Act to provide for formation of Rules to implement the Act, by “addition of new section” – Section -4. Sub-Section (2) thereof read, “The State Government may make Rules for carrying out all or any of the purpose of this Act or for due enforcement of any or all provisions of this Act or for enlarging the scope or purpose of this Act or for providing punishment for the violation of any provision of this Act.” and (b) Orissa Official Language Rules that carried details of punishment for violation of the Act and creation of ‘Bhasha Adalat’ for adjudication and administration of the proposed punishment. Both the drafts were placed in the Official website specifically created for the purpose.

The Chief Minister had assured the Assembly on 14.12.2015 that amendment of the Act was on the anvil. But surprisingly he drifted away and tried to render the Ministerial Committee inconsequential.

In protest thereto and in support of my proposed legislation, Bhasha Andolan was established and under due notice to the Government through the Chief Secretary, the world’s most unique BlackFlag Campaign commenced on 13.04.2016.

As the campaign reached 39 days with who’s who of eminent Oriyas taking the BlackFlag to their hand, situation for the CM was so very alarming that, the amendment was brought in through an Ordinance on 21.05.2016 by “addition” of a new section that read, “The State Government may make Rules to carry out the purposes of the Act.”

Mandarins played a mischief with the people of Orissa by making the law a mere instrument to “review and monitor” if a “Notification issued under sub-section (2) of section (2) has been been effectively implemented.” But as the CM at the sometime also announced that the Rules would be framed by 15.08.2016 to implement the Act, in a hope against hope that the deficiency in the amendment would be done away with in the Rules, Bhasha Andolan had postponed the BlackFlag campaign till 16. 08.2016. Orissa was cheated. The BlackFlag campaign resumed on 16.08.2016.

On 19.05.2017 the Chief Minister invited Bhasha Andolan to a discussion in his official chamber to find out a solution to our campaign. Showing how Section 4 inserted by 2016 amendment in the Act is “inherently deficient to remove the obstacle from the way of governance of Orissa in Oriya”, we had suggested that the same be replaced with the following words:

“ The State Government may, in such manner and by such authority, as may be prescribed in the Rules made under this Act, receive complaints from general public of Orissa in matter of contravention of the Act , and over and above such complaints, suo motto review and monitor whether the directions contained in Notification under sub-section (2) of section 2 are contrived and subject the contravener to punishment stipulated in the Rules.” In the memorandum that contained this suggestion, we had further written, “Bhasha Andolan insists upon adoption of all the proposals made in the draft Rules submitted by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak in the Ministerial Committee and published in the specific official website the copy of which is enclosed for ready reference.”

In presence of former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, who was heading the ‘Ministerial Committee’ clandestinely killed by CMO, incumbent Minister Prafulla Samal and MP (Rajya Sabha) Pratap Keshari Dev, the Chief Minister handed over the memorandum to V.K.Pandian who was standing by his side. The next day i.e.on 20.05.2017, I was informed by Sri Debi Prasad Mishra that the CM had instructed Pandian to see that our suggestion is vetted as soon as possible by the Law Secretary.

After two weeks, I met the Principal Secretary, Law to know how our suggestion was being treated. He said that no communication in the matter was received from the CMO.

Bhasha Andolan convener Pabitra Maharatha, who was also present in the Chief Minsister’s chamber during our discussion on 19.05.2017, invoked RTI to know what action was taken in the matter.

The concerned PIO, in his letter No. 19234 dated 07.09.2017 has informed that the Memorandum is “not traceable”.

We would like to know, what Sri Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister, has to say on this.

Who is Pandian to destroy the Memorandum of Bhasha Andolan which the CM had given him in our presence and directed him to send to the Secretary of Law for vetting in presence of Debi Prasad Mishra and others? Does he not owe an explanation to Orissa?

We want to know how do the IAS officers and their class appendages react to this exposure. Do they support such activities of Pandian?

Governor must intervene

The present situation has become so putrified by the class of IAS , OAS officers, who, instead of considering themselves as salaried persons in ‘service’, are dazzling as ‘administrators’, that, it is incumbent upon the State Governor to intervene immediately and stop the Chief Minister, a puppet in the hands of bureaucracy, who reads out review reports prepared by bureaucracy or his PS, without making any review, from taking any action against anybody in Pandian’s case, as he is not supposed to act independently.

The Governor must query if Pandian’s assignment is coterminous with the tenure of Naveen Patnaik as Chief Minister. If not, (and certainly not under the Rules of Business and any prevalent Law) he should immediately order for his transfer from his present position to any other post and any other officer be put to replace him.

IAS Officer in political quagmire: CM owes an explanation to Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

With BJP submitting a memorandum to Surendra Kumar, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Orissa, raising a demand for dismissal of four officers for their alleged political involvement with the ruling BJD , the Chief Minister’s private Secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian is in a political quagmire.

BJD workers have rallied support to Pandian after his residential quarter was ransacked allegedly by BJP workers to whom he is more a political worker than a government officer.

This political rally in Pandian’s support speaks loudly of BJD’s connection with the public servant. Hit by constant misrule, members even of apolitical public in Orissa have expressed their wrath by attacking various offices in the State where irritating officials have even been physically attacked. When BJD did not bother about that, why now it so stupendously comes to the support of Pandian?

Even as we strongly disapprove this attack on his residence, we are constrained to say that his boss, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik owes an explanation to Orissa on this count, as reduction of his private secretary – an IAS officer – to a level of being looked upon as a political hoodlum is his doing. He should not have used his private secretary – a public servant – for any political purpose.

We had earlier cautioned against Sri Pandian emerging more powerful than the State’s Chief Secretary and heavyweight cabinet ministers in a media-survey. The highly publicized survey report captioned ‘Odisha Power List 2016’ had put Pandian as the third most powerful person just below Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (first position) and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (2nd position). Cabinet Minister Damodar Raut was in the 5th position, whereas the State’s Chief Secretary was not even visible. The surveying media had observed that Pandian wields enormous power in not only the government, but also in Biju Janata Dal.

Neither Naveen Patnaik nor Pandian objected to this observation. The IAS Officers’ Association that now asserts to stand with Pandian was silent when his position in ‘Top Ten Power-list’ glittered in all newspaper banners.

Thus it is publicly settled that Pandian is a BJD servant in the guise of government service. For this downfall of an IAS officer – his private secretary – Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik owes an explanation to the people of Orissa, throughout as he has drawn salary as a serving IAS officer from the public exchequer.

As the IAS Association has expressed solidarity with Pandian in this case, it must offer its considered views on what had obstructed it to object to Pandian’s political working, and being perceived by the people of Orissa to be more powerful than all the ministers and IAS /IPS officers and the likes.

Collective bargaining on part of bureaucrats is different from collective blackmailing. The bureaucrats must collectively decide not to allow any of them to ingratiate with the Chief Minister to the extent of metamorphosing into a political hoodlum of the ruling party.

People have tolerated so much misrule, that it would not be surprising if offices or residences of officers turn into Ainthapalli Police Stations, if correctional steps are not immediately taken.

To begin with, Pandian should be asked by the IAS Officers Association to seek instant transfer to any other post outside CMO and/or the CM should forthwith order for his transfer. Political use of any officer will not be tolerated by the waking up people, we feel.

Orissa in Oriya: Exposed in Conversation the filthy faces of Bhasha Mafia

Bhubaneswar Bureau

Ex-Member of India’s Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Baisnab Charan Parida (BP) had a telephonic conversation with Bhasha Andolan Chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak (SCP).

This conversation carries his observations on Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak (DPP) and his team, which, in order to please the anti-Oriya elements in administration had derailed the Ministerial Committee formed on working of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954.

BP, who was a member of the team of MPs that had submitted a memorandum to Government of India for declaration of Oriya as a Classical Language, has expressed profound happiness in this conversation over exposure of DPP by SCP in the matter of theft of the document produced by the State Government in support of its demand for Classical status to Oriya. It is shameful that DPP and his team are using obnoxious words to demoralize the leadership of Bhasha Andolan, BP has observed in this conversation. It also carries BP’s confirmation that it is SCP who had first located the legal lacuna in the Official Language Act and had submitted the draft of legislation to ensure punishment to whosoever contravenes the same with details of the process of punishment. BP expresses in this conversation how SCP has given the new idea, which, through the Black Flag Campaign of Bhasha Andolan has generated a hope for governance of Orissa in Oriya, a cause he claims to be espousing.

This conversation has, therefore, historic significance in matter of the movement for implementation of Orissa Official Language Act, particularly when BP is seen dancing to the tune of the anti-Oriya network by raising of late a demand for ‘Bhasha Ayoga’ (Language Commission) as against Bhasha Adalat (Language Court) provided for in the draft Rules published in the official website and being campaigned for by the Bhasha Andolan, Orissa.

Here is the audio record of the conversation:

Egg to CM: A scope for cogitation

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The first month of the year passed in Orissa with a lady from the audience throwing eggs at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on January 31 at Talsari in Balasore, whereto he had gone to inaugurate a beach festival.

She has been arrested by the Police, charged with ‘attempt to murder’ the CM.

Her husband, a BJP activist, was put by Police to preventive arrest, in reaction to which she decided to embarrass the CM, a report says.

If the egg-hurling at the CM was in reaction to arrest of her husband in advance as a preventive measure, the Police is to be squarely blamed for having generated the situation for her rash reaction.

Yet, to us, the lady’ should despise herself for having insulted Orissa in the eyes of non-Oriya visitors to the festival, including foreigners.

The Police, on the other hand, is making a farce of prosecution by charging the egg-hurler lady for her ‘attempt to murder’ the CM. In which Court, and how, a raw egg could be established as a weapon to murder? Prosecutions in GR cases in the State are mostly failing because of unsustainable allegations cooked up by Police.

Preventive arrest of the CM’s political opponents is a disease that afflicts democracy.

The CM ought to understand that whosoever his predecessor was denied fresh mandate, was so denied, because of political misuse of Police in preventive arrests and false prosecutions.

Thus saying, we are inclined to say, the BJP should ask its rank and file to maintain dignity while protesting against fellows they oppose.

Undignified attacks on any political rival cannot be allowed to be encouraged, particularly when the election climate is already in the process of shrouding the year.

A Closer Look At “The Enemy of the People”

Dr. Saswat Pattanayak

American liberals love to compare Donald Trump to Joseph Stalin because liberals are generationally brainwashed, historically ignorant, and repugnantly clueless. They outdo the conservatives in their irrational belief in American exceptionalism and in their irrevocable faith in their corporate media which they grandiosely exhibit as some sort of a “free press”.

It does not have to take a Stalin to characterize corporate press of the USA as an “enemy of the people” (which he never did anyway). The warmongering media like CNN, Fox, New York Times and Washington Post – all of which accord significant space to, and act as conduits for racist, xenophobic views of Trump at present, and for militarist war cries of Obama and Clinton in the past – indeed, are the enemy of the people – if, by people, we mean human beings with capacities to revolt against an unjust racist capitalist status quo.

Every time the peace-loving American people have organized themselves against any war, it is the corporate media led by CNN which has twisted the narrative and projected a need for the war. Only the most grotesque form of journalism could have successfully normalized war cries even during the tenure of a president who was already awarded Nobel Prize for Peace.

After rejoicing Libya’s fall and Syria’s, CNN and New York Times have been rabidly crying for North Korea’s blood and for Iran to be attacked. It is almost as if they are losing patience at how slow is Trump in declaring wars against one country or another. Because these media empires have nothing but profits on sight, for them, nothing sells like war stories emanating from xenophobic rants. Till now Trump has been more a man of words and less of action, and the liberal press simply cannot wait any longer. The corporate greed that funds these channels must continue to provoke Trump and caricature his lack of a concrete war plan. Trump had no courage to wage a war with Russia and so he had to be depicted as a puppet of Vladimir Putin. And now he has still not bombed the heck out of North Korea and so his fingers are too little for the nuclear buttons. Trump is not being presidential enough for the American people vying for some red blood, believes the liberal press. And certainly, he is not anti-communist enough. In fact, Trump is a communist himself. He is the Stalin of America. This is the kind of utter garbage being published by the likes of Washington Post.

The ghost of Stalin continues to haunt the American liberals, some of whom are even Trotskyists. They are desperately twisting the statements of Stalin and at times entirely manufacturing words never uttered by him, in an attempt to discredit Trump. Since Stalin is the epitome of evil for decades in American textbooks, it is quite effective to portray Trump as an incarnation of Stalin. Trump must demand war with Russia and North Korea, because that is what Stalin would have wanted with America anyway, goes their pitch.

The reality is, the average American is hopelessly misinformed about Stalin’s contributions and efforts towards restoring global peace, let alone about Stalin’s assessment of the United States and its people. Ignorance unfortunately is the ground for propagandists, and it is the corporate media outlets which use this ignorance to their benefit. And the reality is, Stalin never wanted a war with the USA. Nikita Khrushchev (who is now being glorified by liberal media for banning “enemy of the people” phrase they are readily but inaccurately crediting to Stalin) was at the center of the cold war crisis. Stalin was not. Not even before the Second World War before the alliance was formed. In fact, when in 1932, Stalin was asked by Ralph B. Barnes if possible armed clashes could occur between the USSR and the USA, Stalin had this to say to the American people –

There can be nothing easier than to convince the peoples of both countries of the harm and criminal character of mutual extermination. But, unfortunately, questions of war and peace are not always decided by the peoples. I have no doubt that the masses of the people of the USA did not want war with the peoples of the USSR in 1918-19. This, however, did not prevent the USA Government from attacking the USSR in 1918 (in conjunction with Japan, Britain and France) and from continuing its military intervention against the USSR right up to 1919. As for the USSR, proof is hardly required to show that what its peoples as well as its government want is that “no armed clash between the two countries should ever under any circumstances” be able to occur.

What Washington Post’s Foreign Assignment Editor Will Englund described as “Stalin’s savage rule” today in order to unfavorably compare him with Trump, is a reflection of the pathetic state of the propaganda press of this country, which is yet to get out of its Red Scare tactics. If the journalists must aspire to represent the people and be their sincere friends, and not enemies, they need to take a cue from this present crisis, and indeed spend time researching and revisiting cold war rhetorics, and fix their understanding of history in order to locate who was on the side of the so-called “savages”, and who was on the side of the peace. They need to get out of their war fetish zone and support any president who can delay any war to any extent possible. Because no working people of any society wants a war. If American journalists truly aspire to be friends of those people, and not only of the wealthy parasites, it is imperative that they recognized their will and what is in their best interests.

In publishing this analysis at, Editor, Prof. Dr. Jared Ball has introduced it in the following words:

With so much recent mainstream press evocation of Joseph Stalin and claims of “enemy of the people” comparisons to Donald Trump we thought it timely to share some recent thoughts on the subject from journalist, professor and writer Saswat Pattanayak. As an additional side note, and given what Pattanayak exposes about the nature and history of the association of a phrase, rather than with Stalin some of us would be more familiar with the play by Henrik Ibsen and further note that this is also where the late Dr. John Henrik Clarke got the inspiration for the spelling of his own middle name.

I put it here to help my friends understand a very calling complexity and to have an informative opportunity to understand how rich media is dangerous to world peace.

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 →