Tenure of Ministers starts with desecration of democracy: Orissa CM! Please react

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Official chambers of Ministers in the Secretariat are no private bed rooms. These are created with people’s money, maintained and decorated with the funds from the people, for use only in official work.

And the people, in order to keep democracy functional, have been bearing this burden.

Democracy belongs to the people, and, therefore, never belongs to any religion, religions being anti-democratic factors of chauvinistic divide.

So, the official chambers of the ministers in Orissa Secretariat belong to the people as a whole notwithstanding differences in their religious creeds; and are allotted to ministers in a democracy to work for the people sans any religious preference.

Thus, any religious activity in any official chamber of any minister is absolutely anti-democracy.

Use of a minister’s official chamber for any religious purpose is the most heinous communal misuse of ministerial position and is a blatant desecration of democracy. Any minister associated with such desecration should immediately face disciplinary action.

The Chief Minister whose appointees are the ministers, has, in such cases, only one action to take: dismiss or drop the offender from the State Council of Ministers.

The CM shall have to take such action, if he himself is not anti-people and anti-democracy.

A few videos transmitted by the CM’s preferred TV channels are relied upon to show how some of his ministers have desecrated democracy by performing Hindu Homos and Hindu religious Poojas, even bringing in their wives to participate therein, in their official chambers before commencing their duties.

As we condemn such communal misuse of the official chambers, we call upon the master of these ministers – Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik – to react to this desecration of democracy.

These fellows have already violated the oath they have taken before signing as ministers. They deserve no pardon.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa, the splendid land of agriculture, celebrates Raja, the most effervescent festival of agro-magic when the young clouds embrace the Earth. Raja Sankranti is, therefore, called the Mithuna Sankranti, the Time’s tryst for copulation. Mother Earth, in our imagination comes to menstrual cycle and uses her magic to produce new plants that provide us with the food we need. Being an agricultural society, from ancient times, we in Orissa have been celebrating this festival sans any status divide.

Eminent intellectual and thinker, Trilochan Panda has posted a poetic tribute to this great festival in his Facebook timeline. To me, this is the best depiction of our most magnificent tradition. Our brothers and sisters, our children, spread all over the world, will benefit by knowing how this unique festival was being celebrated till yesterday. And, may we dream to give it back its lost luster.

Hence, here I post the poem.

ସଜବାଜ ଆଜି ରଜ ପାଇଁ ଘରେ
ପୁରୁଣା ଦିନର ପୁଲକ ନାହିଁ
ନୂଆ ରଜ ଲାଗେ କଥାରେ ଫୁଟୁଛି
ବେଶ ଟିକେ ଅଛି ବାସନା ନାହିଁ॥୧

ଘର ଲେଉଟିବା ଦିନ ଥିଲା ରଜ
ବିଦେଶ ବାସିନ୍ଦା ଯେତେକ ଲୋକ
ଝିଅ ଝିଆଣୀଂକ ଗହଳି ଚହଳି
ହସର ଲହରୀ ପିଠା ମହକ॥୨

ଘର ବାଡିପଟେ ଦୋଳି ଲାଗିଥିବ
ଭାଇ ବାନ୍ଧିଥିବେ ପୂରା ପରଖି
ସୁନାନାକୀ ଗେହ୍ଲା ଭଉଣୀ ଯେମିତି
ସାଂଗ ଧରି ଖେଳି ହୋଇବ ସୁଖୀ॥୩

ପାନ ମସଲାରେ ଘର ବାସୁଥିବ
ନାଲିଥୁକ ମେଳା ଅଗଣା ସାରା
ଟାହି ଟାପରାର ରୋଳ ଉଠୁଥିବ
ବୟସ ବିଚାର ମୁକୁଳା ତାଲା॥୪

ପଶା ମେଲିଥିବ ପ୍ରତି ଘର ପିଣ୍ଢା
ଦାଣ୍ଡିଆ ବାଗୁଡି ଯୋଡିନାଗରା
ତାଳେ ଶୁଭୁଥିବ କିତିକିତି ରାହା
ମଜା ନେଉଥିବେ ଗାଆଁଟା ସାରା॥୫

ତିନିଦିନ ଯିବ ଏମିତିରେ ବିତି
ବାସି ପୋଡପିଠା ନଥିବ ସରି
ବସୁଧା ଗାଧୁଆ ଦିନ ଆସିଯିବ
ଅକୁହା ଆନଂଦ ଯିବ ମଉଳି॥୬

ତାଲାଦିଆ ପ୍ରାଣ ସହରୀ ଜୀବନ
ପ୍ରସବ ବେଦନା ବୁଝେକି ବାଂଝ
ମୃତ ଶରୀରରେ ସଂଜୀବନୀ ରଜ
ସହରୀ ଜୀବନେ ସାଜିଛି ବୋଝ॥୭

ବିଦେଶୀ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ବୋଝ ବୁହା ମଥା
ବେଦନା ପାଉଛି ଶୁଣିଲେ ରଜ
ଦୋକାନୀ ହାତରୁ ପାନ ଖଣ୍ଡେ ଖାଇ
ହସି କହେ ଆହା କି ମଉଜ!!୮
ଯୋଗାଯୋଗ … ୯୪୩୯୧୯୭୫୬୦

Situation of Malnourished and impoverished Juang Tribes, Nagada Village in Jajpur , Orissa

Pradip Pradhan and Sanjukta Panigrahi of Right to Food Campaign, Orissa have prepared a RTI-based Performance Audit Report pertaining to the period from 2016 to 2019 on the “Situation of Malnourished and impoverished Juang Tribes of Nagada Village” in Jajpur district of Orissa.

They have tallied relevant information obtained through RTI with the discernible reality seen physically on the spot visits.

Considering its referral value, we share below the entire Report for our readers and planners alike and hope, the Government of Orissa will supplement it with the unreported facts, if any.

Now to the Report:
ଜୁଆଙ୍ଗ _ ନଗଡ଼ା

Orissa enters a new phase; the new Ministry may serve her well

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Ahead of oath-taking as members of the Legislative Assembly,the members of the new Ministry of Orissa have taken constitutional oath on May 29 in a very expensive showy ceremony, for the first time outside the Rajbhawan, in the exhibition ground, where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was felicitated as Priya Oriya after defeating a four-years-old slum-dweller boy Buddhia Singh in a popularity contest stage managed by a non-Oriya owned ETV. The boy, who by that time had attracted world attention as record braking youngest marathon runner, was crushed to total collapse of his natural ability by misuse of law by the then Child-Development Minister and his celebrated coach Biranchi Das was eliminated in such circumstances the real cause of which has not yet been convincingly put on records. The title Priya Oriya has remained his exclusive till now, as no such contests has ever been organised by the same media or any of its Avatars.

But, plutocracy and its practitioners and tentacles have helped him stay the Priya Oriya, which has been proved by his awe-inspiring victory in the elections that has made him the CM for the fifth time without break. The Ministers he has made are empowered with portfolios as per his preference.

While welcoming them all to their respective responsibilities, we hope that they would serve Orissa with better management of the bureaucracy, which, perceived generally,had kept the preceding ministries docile, to the total detriment of democratic pride of the people.

Allocation of portfolios to members of the ministry is prerogative of the CM that may change as and when the CM desires. But we may say, that the present allocation is well thought.

The Cabinet Ministers:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik: Home, General Administration & Public Grievance
and any other
Department specifically not assigned
Niranjan Pujari: Finance, Excise
Bikram Keshari Arukha: Forest & Environment, Parliamentary Affairs
Prafulla Kumar Mallick: Steel & Mines, Works
Ranendra Pratap Swain: Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Co-operation
Padmanabha Behera: Planning & Convergence, Commerce & Transport
Pratap Jena: Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Law, Housing & Urban
Arun Kumar Sahoo: Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal
Resources Development, Higher Education
Sudam Marndi: Revenue & Disaster Management
Susanta Singh: Rural Development, Labour & Employees’ State Insurance
Naba Kisore Das: Health & Family Welfare
Tukuni Sahu: Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti

Ministers of State (Independent Charge):

Jagannath Sarka: S.T. & S.C. Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare
Dibya Shankar Mishra: Energy; Industries; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Ashok Chandra Panda: Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security &
Empowerment of Persons with Disability
Samir Ranjan Das: School & Mass Education
Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi: Tourism; Odia Language, Literature & Culture
Premananda Nayak: Skill Development & Technical Education
Raghunandan Das: Water Resources, Information & Public Relations
Padmini Dian: Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts
Tusharkanti Behera: Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services

Oriya Language in atrophy: Authors in pursuit of trophy

On the birth anniversary of Kulabruddha Madhusudan Das, whose dedicated endeavor to help the ancient race of Oriyas to have a State where their mother tongue would be the language of all public transactions, the Bhasha Andolan expressed dismay over the discernible apathy of Oriya authors to the enforceability of Oriya as the official language of Orissa.

In a documentary produced by bhashaandolan.com captioned E EKA TAPASYA, founder of the movement Subhas Chandra Pattanayak depicted how the scenario prevalent in the time of Madhubabu before the creation of Orissa as the first linguistic State of British India is the same as on today with a single difference. The difference is that the authors and journalists of those days were eagerly cooperating with people’s demand for making Oriya the State Language whereas the authors and media of the present day are conspicuous by their reluctance to take up the cause lest that angers the power-wielders that have put the mother tongue of the people in atrophy by non-implementation of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 and by wrongful amendment thereof to obstruct forever its implementation, in pursuit as they are of trophies for themselves available/achievable only under the pleasure of the Government.
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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 →