Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The world famous diamond Coh i Nur (Koh-i-Noor) , under the possession of the British Queen since Queen Victoria, belongs in reality to Lord Jagannath of Orissa, by virtue of the last wishes of its last legitimate owner late Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the first-ever Sikh Empire, as recorded by the British Political Agent & Commissioner to Peshawar, Mr. T. A. Maddock, Esqr. on 2nd July 1839.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh had not only directed that the Koh-i-Noor be sent to the Jagannath Temple, but also had wanted the world to know with that his final feeling on worldly possessions.

He had wanted the world to know that, no one carries away with him his worldly wealth.

Bellow is the relevant extract from the historic document, which the recorded history of Koh-i-Noor or of the BritishRaj in India has deliberately suppressed. It constitutes the last paragraph of Mr.Maddock’s report to the Officiating Secretary to the Government of India with the Right Hounable the Governor General. Credit goes to scholarly former minister Prasad Harichandan for location of the precious document. It reads:

11. During the few last days of his illness His Highness is declared to have been bestowed in charity many jewels and other properties to the supposed value of fifty lakhs of Rupees. Among his jewels he directed the well known Coh i Nur (Koh-i-Noor) diamond to be sent to the temple of Jagannath and observed that no one carried away with him his worldly wealth and that such a request would perpetuate his name.

The original document may be perused bellow.

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Assessment of the Criminal Justice System in response to Sexual Offences

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
December 18, 2019 would remain most noteworthy in India’s criminal justice system, as, on this day, the Supreme Court of India has generated a hope that inviolable methods may evolve soon to deal with cases of sexual offences such as rape.
With a single observation that there is need to locate if rape has its political economy, so that the people may wake up to tackle the same as a people, we deem it proper to share the Supreme Court’s initiative with all the esteemed ones, who visit these pages. Here it is:

We have to pause and wonder: How does one save India from the Indians?

Saswat Pattanayak

How does one save the world’s largest democracy from its democratically-elected? Its constitutional provisions from the legislators? Its justice system from the Supreme Court? Its religions from the religious? Its lands from the propertied? Before the CAA, there was Kashmir. How does one save a colonial power from the curse of colonialism?

And even before Kashmir, there was Gujarat, despite (and, because of) which, this fascist party was duly legitimized. While its pawns were jailed, the kingpin has since been endorsed as country’s unbeatable leader. After coming to power, his party has systematically oppressed every dissenting section of the society. Openly labeled anyone who opposed them as anti-national. Killed people based on what they ate. Jailed students who went to certain universities. Devastated the economy during their first term itself. Most of the popular culture, stand-up comic acts, award-winning journalists predicted their fall. And yet, they won their second term handily, handsomely.

As soon as this party entered its second term and they declared recolonization of Kashmir, it flouted constitutional norms and yet no nationwide protest lingered. Recently, when the demolished site of a constitutionally protected monument was given away by the highest court to the majority hooligans, it was painted as justice-at-last. Student unrests, farmers suicides, vulgar display of wealth disparities, attacks on women and lgbtq rights, an unceasing rape culture, a media that infamously crawls when asked to bend – almost every facet of this diseased society has been normalized in the name of country-comes-first. Given these circumstances, what is it about its citizenship that even needs to be craved for, to begin with?

A country is after all, not a static construct. It’s a living entity, evolving every moment. Filled with people of changing priorities and values. While the protests are wonderful and welcome tools of venting frustrations and anger in a peaceful manner, they would mean nothing if parallel – individual and collective – introspections do not continue without a pause. We have seen massive (and way bigger) protests against corruption, against rape culture, against caste oppression, against hijacking of academia in India in recent years. And they have all faded away leaving behind the need for constant dialogues around all of these critical issues.

The current protests will also end. Sensational media headlines like “Modi’s war against Indian democracy” will also end. One day, Modi too will end. That won’t automatically end all the assaults on the core values of social justice. Let’s hope these movements go beyond party-bashing. Let’s not give Modi-Shah all the credits for what is ongoing. They couldn’t have traversed so far without our active cooperation and our sordid hope for something better from them. They couldn’t have tapped into our nationalistic consciousness with their brand of nationalism alone. Somewhere we have to pause and wonder about the venn diagram and “our” intersection with “them”. Are we still fighting those people or also accounting for our values?

If we are not yet ready to fight the toxic values of sacrosanct national boundaries, we will forever be wondering about one more question: how does one save India from the Indians? Instead of declaring India as a great secular country that needs to be saved, maybe its time to declare that this brutally militant colonizing force, this Republic of India simply needs to wither away, for the sake of the values we are hoping to keep alive. Its way too late now to protest the parties and to defend the constitution. Maybe its just the time to mourn.

Oriya as Official Language: Why must the Govt. mend their manners?

The NEWS Syndicate

Despite two decades in power, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has not yet learned how Laws are made and amended. He complies with the notings of bureaucracy and as member-in-charge, serves a notice on the Assembly to bring in the legislation and then delegates the responsibility of moving the Bill in the Assembly and answering the debate to a member of his Cabinet.

This being his habit, the bureaucracy has played havoc with the Orissa Official Language Act by repeated wrongful amendments designed to destroy the right of the people of Orissa to manage their official affairs in Oriya, which the Act had provided for; and for the sole purpose of which, the Province of Orissa was created in 1936 at the summit of a splendid movement of the people that had begun in 1870.

The Act was first sabotaged by Biju Patnaik in 1963 for the purpose of retaining English as Official Language under the pretense of legislative purpose. His son Naveen, in dancing to the tune of a scheming bureaucracy dominated by non-Oriya IAS officers, has pushed the Act into atrophy by blatantly wrong and illegal amendments.

ORISSA MATTERS Chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, founder of ‘Silent Black Flag Campaign’ christened ‘Bhasha Andolan’, who, as member of ‘Ministerial Committee on Working of the Act’ had given a set of draft legislation, which could have ensured true implementation of the Act, showed in a seminar on the Act at Bhubaneswar on 22 December, how his advice has been misused by the Chief Minister to destroy the very purpose of the Act. Here is what he said.

A noble campaigner for governance of Orissa in Oriya language, CA Ranjan Kumar Sahoo stressed that, to stand with the celebrated Black Flag of the ongoing language movement is the same as standing with the mother in her ailing time. Here is what he said.

Young activist Nirmal Kumar declared that, he would hoist the Black Flag atop his residence in order to make the campaign household. Here is what he said.

Absence of official use makes a language dead, said Soubhagya Rout, citing the instance of Sanskrit. Here is what he said.

Others who addressed the seminar were Bijay Tripathy,Mahesh Das, Naveen Mishra and Antaryami Barik.

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 →