Orissa rejects anti-Oriya Naveen Patnaik

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In order to overcome the adverse impact of Bhasha Andolan, Naveen Patnaik had contrived a Biswa Oriya Bhasha Sammilani about two months ahead of the general elections. But that couldn’t come to his rescue. Orissa has rejected him for his anti-Oriya stance, according to de facto results on counting today.

BJP has gained, basically because, in electioneering it pledged to salvage Oriya language from the labyrinth of official negligence. 

 

 

 

 

 

Refusal to vote seems to be the only way to retrieve our democracy

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The faulty electoral system has helped plutocracy to engulf Indian democracy and unless people refuse to vote for and under this system, our democracy cannot be retrieved.

The Constitution, which our Constituent Assembly had created, was far away from the purpose of our freedom movement. Dominated by the wealthy and elite, this Assembly had deliberately safeguarded their class interest in the Constitution and the toiling masses who had brought success to the freedom movement, were left in the lurch. Admitting this as a “contradiction”, which couldn’t be removed in the Constituent Assembly where there was no representation of the poor people of India, Dr. Ambedkar had expressed his considered apprehensions that, if the first batch of lawmakers elected by the majority i.e. the poor people of India through universal franchise shall not, by law, remove the contradiction, the victims of economic inequality, would rise in revolt and “blow up the structure of political democracy which this (Constituent) Assembly has so laboriously built up” (CAD Vol.XI, p.979). 

The first batch of lawmakers elected under the Constitution didn’t bother about what Dr. Ambedkar had portended and resultantly the country has gone into the hands of the wealthy and mafiosos; democracy has been transformed into plutocracy. People  elect their representatives in a democracy, but in plutocracy, non-communist parties plant the wealthy or agents of the wealthy as candidates and hence,  when the people vote for any candidate, except a communist candidate, the vote goes to the wealthy and/or the agents of the wealthy. This is happening in India.

The antipeople politicians have legally enhanced the expenditure limit in the constituencies to such high that the Communists or the parties of the poor people will never be able to contest on equal equal footing with the parties whom the wealthy class/ the mafiosos support. The recent exposure of electoral bonds and overwhelming numbers of hooligans with criminal cases pending against them being planted by registered national/regional parties as their candidates for the law making bodies makes it unambiguously clear that the electoral system is antidemocracy. 

Some feel that NOTA should be used by whosoever does not like the candidates in the fray. But, NOTA is nothing but acceptance of the faulty system. 

We are to reject this system so resolutely that plutocracy would stand rejected and out of the cocoon of plutocracy shall come out afresh our democracy. 

This requires us to refuse to vote. 

 

 

This Election gives us a new leader in Siddharth Routray

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
This election will help plutocracy to consolidate. Yet, to us in Orissa, it has given a new leader in Siddharth Routray.

He is a Congress candidate for Orissa Assembly from Nimapara constituency and the Congress is also a political weapon of plutocracy. In political economy, it doesn’t differ from BJP and BJD. Yet, in the climate of political opportunism prevalent in Orissa, he is distinctly different from professional politicians.

His instant approach to politics vis-a-vis the reality at the grass-roots level is best spelt out in his post-nomination first exclusive interview given to a noted channel. His unique honesty attracts our attention and with thanks to the channel, we share the same below for reference.

He has allowed himself to enter into the fray, not for any personal gain, but only for using the opportunity to make people conscious of the game Modi and Naveen have been playing under the canopy of Universal Adult Franchise.

This young political aspirant had dared the Himalayas to establish the mana of the Oriya Nation atop the world by wining Mt. Everest.

Siddharth, in his character and career, epitomizes Oriya mana. Now, as he has entered into active politics, Orissa is sure to get, notwithstanding results of the ensuing election, a strong votary  of Oriya mana in public life. 

Oriya mana lies in inviolable governance of Orissa in Oriya language. 

Welcome, dear Siddharth Routray to political life of Orissa.

If money is not confiscated, no gain in knowing who funded whom how much

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Supreme Court of India has helped us know which company/corporate has paid to which political party how much in the shape of Electoral Bond. Till it forced the State Bank of India to divulge the details of the EB, the funding was clandestine. If the clandestinely cultivated money is not confiscated, what is the gain in knowing who funded whom how much?   

An important issue before the Supreme Court was: 

“Whether unlimited corporate funding to political parties infringes on the principle of free and fair elections and equality.” 

And, the answer was:

“Unlimited contribution by companies to political parties is antithetical to free and fair elections, because it allows certain persons/companies to wield their clout and resources to influence policy making.”

Long ago, on 14 July 1963, Orissa’s first Chief Minister and the great Gandhian with marked urge for socialism, Nabakrushna Chowdhury, while inaugurating Gandhi Tattwa Prachar Kendra at Balasore, had expressed deep anguish over derailment of the democratic system due to nexus between the raisers of party fund and the wealthy men of commerce and industry that contribute the funds required to defray electoral expenses and influence policy making and administrative decisions to their own advantage. According to him, the fund raisers – he had named Prime Minister Nehru’s inner-circle man Rafi Ahmed Kidwai and West Bengal’s  Bidhan Chandra Roy, Bombay’s Morarjee Desai etc. – pave the path for the rich men in shaping up economic-administrative policies in such manners that they get well compensated by acquiring big mines and natural resources, making huge and unhindered profits on the strength of supports the Government run by the party gives. 

He recalled how he had called upon the top leadership to free the country from this nexus.

“Huge amounts are raised at the time of elections from big mine-owners and other rich businessmen for which no detailed accounts are kept. Those persons who raise such contributions on behalf of the party, distribute amounts to different candidates and keep a portion of the funds raised for their own institutions or their own factions and also appropriate a portion for their own selves”, he had informed the public. 

No leader of national repute had till then divulged this syndrome. In recalling how in 1955 in the A.I.C.C. session at Berhanpur, his suggestion to stop the practice of collection of funds from mines and industry owners and other business tycoons was poohpoohed by leaders, Chowdhury had stressed upon freeing the electoral system from the grip of big businessmen, as otherwise, they shall ruin the very purpose of the Republic by influencing the electoral system by their money. 

After so many decades, Chowdhury’s words are echoed in what the Supreme Court of India has said in the EB case. Large donors get a “seat at the table” and influence the policy, it has observed. 

Noting that, “Economic inequality leads to differing levels of political engagement because of the deep association between money and politics”, the Apex Court has said, unless the association between money and politics is stopped, the value of “one person, one vote” would have no meaning. 

We cannot but remember that, in responding to criticism over lack of any guarantee to save the people from the ill effect of economic inequality, in the third reading of the Constitution, Dr.Ambedkar had told the Constituent Assembly that, overwhelming presence of the wealthy and elite class in the Assembly had, no doubt, given birth to this result . But, despite that, the Assembly had given, he said, equal political status to every Citizen of the Country with the best of democratic value in shape of one person one vote, which will ensure that the first Lok Sabha shall be formed with true representatives of the people on the basis of vote of equal value. The very same Lok Sabha shall be in the position of eradicating the inequality the Constituent Assembly was circumstantially unable to do away with.  

“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”, he had confessed.

“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 has warned (CAD, Vol.XI,p.979).

The First Lok Sabha was not in a position to “remove the contradiction”, as shrewd politicians, as observed by Nabakrushna Chowdhury quoted supra, had already succumbed to the trap of the rich and by giving election- funds to the party in power, the avaricious businessmen were in a position to shape the policy of governance that suited them, making a fun of one person, one vote.

The Supreme Court in its judgment has tried to uphold the democratic value of one person, one vote on which alone the democratic sovereignty of India stands. It has shown how Electoral Bonds violate the value of one person, one vote, because of “deep association between money and politics.”

The scheme of EB has been declared unconstitutional. It is the best thing to happen in India, to tell the least. We have now come to know which company/corporation has contributed how much money to which party and we have also come to know the irregularities involved therein.   

But, in order to ensure that the economic inequality amongst the political parties generated by corporate funding, which “leads to differing levels of political engagements” making “one person, one vote, one value” unavailable to India, the money the political parties have obtained through the Bonds, needs be forthwith confiscated. 

If this illegally cultivated money is not confiscated, to us, there is no gain in knowing who funded whom how much. 

Oriya Nation shall have to save itself

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, like his father Biju Patnaik, is entirely averse to Oriya Language.

Biju had pushed Orissa into predominance of English Language in 1963 by arbitrarily amending the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 with blatant disrespect to Constitutional stipulations, while asserting that the English Language being the Language of the Master (Orissa Legislative Assembly Debates, 30.09.1963) is a must for administration, if Orissa is to progress. He even had shown the audacity to describe India as “not a Country all” (page 108, Assembly debate, 1985) because of the presence of  languages like Oriya.

His son Naveen has used fraudulent means to push the Orissa Official Language Act into irrecoverable atrophy , even causing a Cabinet Scam – unprecedented in the annals of parliamentary democracy – because of his stronger aversion to Oriya Language. 

With political education and class consciousness conspicuous by absence in the grassroots, there is no possibility of any alternative to emerge in Orissa. Political economy of avarice is so widespread that patriotic wisdom is hard to manifest in the ensuing election.

Under the circumstances, people of Orissa shall have to wake up to save their own language , stressed the founder of Bhasha Andolan, Orissa in a Facebook-live message on the occasion of Utkal Divas, the day of emergence of the splendid motherland of the Nation of the Oriyas 88 years ago. Below is the same brought to YouTube for the esteemed visitors to this site.

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 →