PM should have no wall between him and the people

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Indian democracy is in disarray. Situation is so precarious that the Prime Minister is afraid of his people. The Supreme Court is probing the issue of his security lapse on a flyover on way to Punjab. Sans any prejudice, I feel, the predicament over a PM’s fear for the people calls for immediate application of collective mind by WE THE PEOPLE.

Whether or not political, Prime Minister Modi’s public outburst delivering a message to the provincial government through the Punjab Police that they should convey to the State Government that he was going back alive to New Delhi, makes it clear that the PM is afraid of the people. He assumed that, the agitating farmers might have killed him had he not come back quickly.This is sad.

Mr. Modi could have served democracy better, had he walked to the farmers on the flyover.If they were angry with him, as is the wont of Indians, particularly the farmers, he might have gained over their hearts and the emotional conflict between him and they, if any, might have ended. He didn’t do that. India lost an opportunity to see her Prime Minister remove the wall between him and the people.

Our Constitution that has made us a Republic, doesn’t provide for a wall between us and our Prime Minister under the guise of his security. Fellows that work in the executive wing have created this artificial barrier to distance the leader from the people, so that he shall do, what they decide to be done.

The scheming bureaucracy has created this unconstitutional barrier between the political executive and the people in the name of security, as a result of which, what has happened was once best described by the them Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He was honest enough to admit in 1985 that merely 15% of fund allocation reaches the people, with 85% swindled in transit. This famous confession stands so valid that the Supreme Court bench comprising justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had to rely upon it in its verdict on Aadhaar in June 2017. The scenario has not changed despite Aadhaar cards and raids. Benefits do not reach the people, goes to members of the executive.

On the other hand, because of the security wall, compradores in the attires of political leaders of this country have ruined our democracy. Plutocracy has taken over. The country is being looted by private operators, with the judicial system serving the Law in protecting private properties in the guise of protecting fundamental rights of the private property-owners, when fundamental rights of the people have been kept out of judicial jurisdiction in the style of “Directive Principles”.

If the scenario is to change, the security wall of the Prime Minister (and the Chief Ministers) should be done away with.

Illegitimate Health Cards : Create a Law dear CM

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

This is the hoarding of Biju Smart Health Card. The Chief minister is orally allotting thousands of crores of Rupees in its favor in cultivated meetings to propagate himself that to him,”every life is precious…”

The web upload informs that the “State Government will bear full cost of all health services delivered to all patients (irrespective of income, status or residence) in all State Government health care facilities starting from Sub centre level to District Head Quarter and Government Medical College Hospital and Blood Bank level.”

It also informs that the “State Government will bear the cost of healthcare provided in empanelled private hospitals for over 96.5 lakh economically vulnerable families in the State, amounting to Annual Health coverage of Rs. 5 lakh per family and additional Rs. 5lakh for the women members of the family after exhaust of initial limit.”

In all the government health institutions up to Government Medical College Hospital level, for all persons, all health services charges are borne by the State Government, including those for drugs, diagnostics, dialysis, Cancer chemotherapy, OT, I.C.U, in-patient admission blood bank services etc.,this web upload says, while declaring that, “families having BSKY Smart Health Card can avail cashless treatment at any empanelled private hospital under BSKY within or outside the State. They can also avail facilities such as registration, consultation, medical tests, pathologies, treatment, IPD and follow-up consultation under BSKY at any empanelled private hospitals, for which State Government will bear the cost upto the annual coverage amount.”

But the entire scheme is unauthorized. Its impact on the State’s exchequer that thrives on loan and distress sale of natural resources has never been studied. The State cabinet has never approved this package of expenditure. Finance Department has never concurred it. No Law has been created to administer the scheme and to control the accountability of the State.

The Card is nothing but a virus called Biju designed to infest democratic wisdom of the people, as, without that the CM cannot stay in power even for a day.

When people are not vigilant, miscreants are smart enough to dazzle them with such smart cards to bag their votes in elections and this has happened in Orissa.

But we may expect, the media in Orissa would act responsible and harp on the need to have a perfect Law to govern this Smart Health Card.

Health of democracy is under severe threat in this State where a “supremo” rules the roost and uses his whims like a prince to squander away the tax-payers’ money sans any respect for democratic accountability.

The fourth pillar of democracy has, therefore, a burden to shoulder.

“I would have worked for the spread of Communism”

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

I was interviewed by the Telegraph in September 2017 in the matter of our movement for governance of Orissa in Oriya Language, which is our State Language. The esteemed paper had given the interview an apt caption “I AM FIGHTING FOR ODIA PEOPLE & PRIDE”.

This interview is relevant to scholars that keep in mind the history of the fight of the “Fine Race of the Oriyas” to achieve its language-right.

We the people of Orissa had been fighting for a separate State where administration and business would run in Oriya, our mother tongue.

In whole of India, we the Oriyas alone had overwhelmed the invader British to such extent that they had to admit in the words of W. Forrester that the “nature of the Country and the disposition of the inhabitants will always present formidable obstacles to their suppression either by military or police”

They had, therefore, under the power of advanced war weapons, divided Oriya speaking tracts to four parts and by clubbing the divided parts to neighboring provinces of rival tongues had reduced us to linguistic minorities in those envious soils.

Gandhiji, in Young India had written on 18 February 1920, “This fine race cannot possibly make the natural advance which is its due, if it is split up into four divisions for no sound reason.”

We were not to remain silent. We raised our voice for amalgamation of all the Oriya speaking areas. In the world’s first peaceful movement, we forced the same British to bow down to our demand that allowed Orissa to emerge in 1936.

But, despite that, and despite a law having made our language the State language in 1954, we are yet to achieve our language-right.

The interview is of utmost relevance to how have we been dealing with the issue.

As I revisit the Telegraph page, the last question dear ace reporter Subhashish Mohanty had asked me, calls to note. He had asked, “What would you have been, had you not been in journalism?”

And, my instant answer was: I would have worked for the spread of Communism.

Now, friends, I feel, that would remain my last dream!

Modi’s act of repealing Agriculture Acts is again an act of authoritarianism

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Repeal of the three Agriculture Acts by Prime Minister Modi is again an act of authoritarianism and it has not given back the people the environment of politicians-people partnership in nation building. The legislation was an act of autocratic imposition on Parliamentary wisdom and deletion thereof is not based on democratic vision.

On December 12,2020, I had suggested that the laws where the farmers find their doom should be repealed and the Government should pay heed to advice that any legislation imposed in autocratic manner would be viewed as harmful in a monstrous manner to democracy.

It is good that the PM has finally realized the fault.

But responsibility needs be fixed for willfully putting the country in such an unprecedented chaos for such a very long period that gave India the unfathomable sorrows of unnecessary death of so many farmers.

To whom this idea had come first needs be determined to find who was the wretched agent of the Dracula that was eager to drink the farmers’ blood.

Speaker must ask the CM to remain in the Assembly or recommend the Governor to dissolve it

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Assembly has become a place of partnership in privileged hooliganism. Members of all the non-Communist parties have reduced it to condition of no legislative business. In absence of debating environment Guillotine replaces application of informed legislative minds, as has been happened on December 08 in matter of demands of two key departments like Home and General Administration & PG.

The Speaker has expressed his helplessness in controlling the situation.

But what happens to the Leader of the House – the Chief Minister?

His physical presence in the Assembly might have changed the situation. There is grave allegation against his closest ministerial colleague in the department of Home. He is dutybound to tell the House how he takes the matter.

Whether or not he is required to present himself in the Assembly in such a very unprecedented unruly situation should be settled through a ruling from the Speaker. If the Speaker fails to conduct the House and the Chief Minister doesn’t feel it essential to remain physically present to lead the Assembly, it would be proper for the Speaker to inform the Governor and to seek its dissolution, notwithstanding how the agitated members feel.

The farce must end.

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 →