Corona Quagmire: No politics please

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

It is strange that Police is pressed to control Corona instead of equipping hospitals with urgent facilities and the Doctors and paramedics with necessary gears.

I am citing here an empirical account of how grave is the lack of treatment facilities in the political mecca of our two consecutive Prime Ministers, the US of America. The situation of blatantly inadequate medical facilities to face the Corona challenge in New York City, as reported in this account of personal experience, has forced President Donald Trump to rush a Navy Hospital Ship “to provide extra space and support to medical workers in fight against the Coronavirus outbreak.” The capitalist system of health care that has almost ruined the affected people in USA is also the cause of irreparable debacle we in India stand face to face with.

Governments at the Center as well as in Orissa have started saying that we shall have to adjust ourselves for treatment outside hospitals when the catastrophe takes a turn towards the worse. This is because, there shall be no medical space for accommodation of the patients that may get afflicted. Will the same spaces outside the hospitals, like the USA Navy Hospital Ship, offer life-saving service to our people?

Unseen threat from the Doctors

When most of our working hospitals have no convincing capability to handle the cases, the Government(s) have blatantly failed to find that our Doctors and Paramedics engaged in attending indoor and outdoor patients of different categories with different ailments are the ones that shall unknowingly carry the virus to non-corona patients, attend as they the patients of all categories.

They are not adequately provided with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). And, thus , they themselves are dangerously vulnerable.

Nurses the most vulnerable

More than the Doctors, our nurses and persons engaged in medical cleaning etc will suffer the worst possible threat to their lives. Unlike the Doctors, they shall have to be in the nearest proximity of the Corona patients in the hospitals. The Governments, both at the Centre and the States, must reveal to us, and urgently, what sort of PPE and personal gears of what standard, these most unavoidable, yet the most vulnerable, real care providers are going to be provided with.

The present situation looks blatantly bleak. Adequate and appropriate PPE is a far cry. Recoverable advance of salary to these inadequately paid medical care workers is like salt on the bleeding injury.

Bonanza to Insurance Companies

Under the cover of official concern for the nurses and other paramedics, the Insurance companies are now going to get great bonanzas in shape of premiums proposed to be paid by our government against insurance worth Rs.50 lakhs per head to be operational only when any of them succumbs to the dreaded virus while serving the patients. This is proposed reward for death of whosoever sincerely tries to save us. This is nonsense. Give them the reward when they should be performing their duties. We demand a prompt response from the Central as well as the State Governments, as they have no right to play with our lives.

A separate cadre essential

As said supra, the same Doctors and paramedics treating and caring Corona patients along with all sorts of patients under the same roof of a hospital are potential spreaders of the virus from the affected to the non-affected. Hence the government, both at the Center and at the State, should, sans any delay, build up a separate cadre of Doctors and Paramedics to stay exclusively addressed to the Corona Cases with sufficiently heavy amount of compensation over and above their normal pay.

Unless a separate and distinguished cadre of Doctors and Paramedics exclusively addressed to Corona cases is immediately created with most efficient PPE, India will fail to overcome the pernicious threat to her breath as a nation.

The new cadre could be the only alternative to the present chaos and if instantly formed and properly strengthened with appropriate PPE, can help us survive.

The people have the right to know the ruling politicians’ views on this proposal immediately, as, otherwise, their lives may not have sure assurance of safety.

No Politics Please

In his address to the nation while shepherding the people into what he said “Janata Curfew” on March 22, which, to him, was the key to ward off Corona virus, the PM had informed that, for last two months, lakhs of Doctors and Paramedics had been working as “protectors of the nation” standing “between the virus and the people”.

“Curfew” is the word our Prime Minister had preferred to use in asking our people to stay in isolation for the day in order to stop the spread of the pernicious virus.

But, they were also asked to come out at 5 PM to express their gratitude to the medical community of India by clapping of palms, beating of salvers, jingling of bells etc. (Tali Bajakar ke, Thali Bajakar ke, Ghanti Bajakar ke).

All these actions that concussed the country at 5 pm on March 22 were the soft threads of a design so dear to the Indian right-wingers, which, in fact, rendered the call for social distancing a farce.

Had the so-called Janata Curfew, described as the vehicle for social distancing , been really meant for the pronounced purpose, it should not have been vitiated with a break for Tali Bajakar ke, Thali Bajakar ke, Ghanti Bajakar ke lauding the medical community that works without any hankering for this sort of farcical thanks-getting.

Was it designed to test to what extent the general public is susceptible to political tricks even in the times of disaster? Probably.

Curfew! Was there no other word?

The Prime Minister could have used any other word to call upon the people to stay home for a day on March 22. But he deliberately used the word “curfew”, which is a word used in a climate of apprehended unrest to curb its spread by using the menacing force of the State that makes Section 188 of IPC readily available to the Police to use against anybody it feels to have not completely surrendered to even an whimsical orders of an officer. This is a menacing instrument devised to deny people their fundamental right to resent against any instance of objectionable State action.

Our people, pushed into fear over Corona, accepted the word “curfew”, misled by its being suffixed to the word “Janata”. This having clicked, and our people’s readiness to comply with government orders sans any resentment assessed, Mr. Modi proceeded to clamp a nationwide lockdown, which, to him, would ensure social distancing so essential to stop spread of the virus.

What is a lockdown?

Lockdown means, the confining of prisoners to their cells, as following a riot or other disturbances. I am really shocked with use of this word to entice people to fight coronavirus pandemic. Why should a Prime Minister consider us criminals to be tackled by lockdown? Have we no love for our lives? Had we resorted to “riots” on March 22? Or any earlier in Corona context? Why must we be insulted with words like curfew and lockdown, that encourage the police to subject the citizens to Lathicharge when everybody is deeply disturbed due to the ruining pandemic? Lockdown has given the police unquestionable power to send any citizen to prison under the pretense of disobedience to orders of any officer. For what fault of the general public this instrument of State Terror is promulgated when we need absolute peace and tranquility to have our physical and mental strength to fight the pandemic?

What contribution this lockdown has made to arrest/elimination of Corona virus? In reality, it invites the worst disaster ever imaginable by eliminating the distancing purpose, as migrant workers hit with sudden closure of their workplaces and others under anxiety to reach their families in permanent places find no means to travel.

Bereft of funds, of food and water, hundreds of them in groups are daring hundreds of miles to reach their homes, oblivious of the need of social distancing.


Horrific pictures of thousands of helpless people eager of rush back to their homes in Anand Vihar Bus Terminus, Delhi show how mindlessly the lockdown has been clamped and how the instant danger of hunger has outweighed the devastation that is yet to come.

Distancing thus gone astray, could the PM or any CM stop spreading of the virus through lockdown?

How is it that our most intelligent Prime Minister could not foresee this mass exodus, which was unavoidable after the sudden lockdown ejected the people out of their workplaces? In his speech cited supra he had said that the medical community and other officials were busy in detecting and quarantining Corona carriers since January 2020 in various entry points. Why he / his government did not ask the migrant workers, students and other visitors in different towns and localities to go back to their respective permanent places sufficient ahead of the 22nd March? Was it deliberate to test to what extent our people have become dependent on fate to accept whatever misfortune befalls, even if by way of misrule?

Sans any botheration about how to stop the spread of the virus in this government induced state of mass exodus, Mr. Modi’s government has started since yesterday the telecasting of Ramayan that would strengthen the fate syndrome under the pretense of theatrical performances of SriRam, so dear to the heart of BJP who’s who.

It cannot be described as technically illegal. But it cannot be said that, there is no political agenda in it.

The political economy of our health should have no politics in overcoming the Corona quagmire.

Murder of Ranjan K. Das: Catch the culprit Mr. Chief Minister

The NEWS Syndicate

Kendrapada News Service deserves all thanks for instant , unabridged and unedited circulation of the version of the culprit who publicly confessed to have killed Ranjan Kumar Das, the most dedicated campaigner for governance of Orissa in Oriya language and one of the top campaigners for elimination of misrule by use of Right to Information.

Founder of Bhasha Andolan Sri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak has moved the Chief Minister and Minister of Home Sri Naveen Pattanayak to ask the Police to rise to the occasion and arrest the confessor of the crime.

Below is his mail to the CM:

Hon’ble Chief Minister,
The Home Department under your control has not yet pressed the police to catch the killer of Ranjan Kumar Das, whose silent foot march from Madhubabu’s birthplace at Satyabhamapur to Bhubaneswar had forced the Government to see the wrong in the 2018 amendment of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 and had prompted the Govt. too to think of amending the amended version. The live record of his march is available for kind perusal at https://www.facebook.com/100011336515562/videos/825725434481999/ .

This Ranjan Kumar Das was utmost active in unveiling instances of misrule and corruption in the Destrict of Kendrapada. He was murdered.

When Police is silent on the crime as yet, the murderer has asserted a few hours ago that he has killed Ranjan and his gang has a plan to kill two more persons. The video of Kendrapada News Service reveals the details.

Sir,
I request you to please ask the Police to act on the basis of the recorded evidence the link of which is: https://www.facebook.com/happy.orissa/videos/3223078674386782/
Kind Regards,
Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
19.3.2020
Founder,
Bhasha Andolan, Orissa
email – bhashaandolan@gmail.com

Paperless Budget encompasses Rs 1, 50,000 crore besides Rs.19,408 crore on Agriculture

“We propose a budgetary outlay of Rs 1,50,000 crore, which includes outlay of Rs 63,650 crore for administrative expenditure, Rs 74,000 crore for program expenditure, Rs 3,200 crore for disaster response and Rs 7,145 crore for transfer to local bodies and development authorities,” said Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari, placing the Budget for 2020-21 in the Assembly on Tuesday. This is apart from a Rs.19,408 crore Budget for agriculture.

The Agriculture Budget includes Rs 3,195 crore for KALIA scheme when interest-subsidy for agriculture loan to farmers is proposed to consume Rs 705 crore. Agricultural research, education and infrastructure get priority with an allocation of Rs 150 crore.

In order to expand the health services in the state, a new program styled the Odisha Cardiac Care Program is promised in the health sector that bags Rs.7,700 crore. Mukhyamantri Swasthya Seva Mission and B. S. K. Y. are proposed with allocation of Rs 578 crore and Rs 1,108 crore respectively. When a sum of Rs 562 crore is earmarked for medical colleges, the premier of them, the SCB Medical College is proposed to have “world-class facilities” that would transform it to an AIIMS Plus integrated medical institution with 3,000 beds. This laudable scheme, executable in two years, is to start with an allocation of Rs 1,000 crore.

As stunted growth of children suffering acute malnutrition has exposed the wrong side of governance, an investment of Rs 5,543 crore for nutrition specific and Rs 25,571 crore for nutrition sensitive schemes is also proposed.

The budget also proposes an allocation of Rs 22,631 crore in the education and skill development sector.

Rural and urban housing schemes for the economically disadvantaged people are proposed with Rs 3,962 crore and Rs 518 crore respectively.

A fund of Rs.50 crore is proposed for preservation, conservation and eco-development of sites and monuments of tourist importance, whereas the yet-to-be-correctly-defined Abadha Yojana is proposed to have Rs. 3,208 crores.

Remarkable is: It is a paperless Budget that the internet users may easily peruse.

Your Representative had a Felicitation

His Excellency the Governor of Orissa, Prof. Ganeshi Lal felicitated your Representative-in-Chief Subhas Chandra Pattanayak on 8 February at Gandhi Smruti Bhavan, Phulabani on behalf of the Phulbani Action Group (P.A.G.). The occasion was commencement of a program to spread over the entire Kandhamal District the Gandhian philosophy of probity in public life, in the course of the yearlong celebration of his 150th birth anniversary.

Prof. Lal made a scholarly analysis of Gandhiji’s call on village reconstruction, his priority on the people’s mother tongue in education and administration , his enormous emphasis on probity in public life, on means justifying the end and his theory of trusteeship. Despite impact of globalization,Gandhiji’s philosophy continues to influence many official programs of the day, he said.

Orissa Govt. Portal Projects a Former Bureaucrat as Next CM

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In 2018, on the 29th day of May , Odisha IAS Officers Association had, in a memorandum, told Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that they are the permanent executive whereas he, belonging to the category of political executive is temporary. Naveenbabu, a marked toy in the hands of bureaucracy, had to digest this assertion of a section of Government servants against the paramountcy of political Government they serve.

Interestingly, the official portal of Finance Department has a display that projects a former bureaucrat Aparajita Sarangi as the “Next CM of Odisha”! The display is captured this early morning.

Smt. Sarangi had resigned from IAS to join BJP under Modi magic, as she had then told. She has been elected to Loksabha on BJP ticket. So, when she is projected as the Next CM of Odisha in the official portal of Finance Department,the Secretary of which is a top brass of the IAS Officers Association, it smacks of a design laid by the “permanent executive”.

It warrants serious attention.

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 →