Samaja publisher’s Communal Footprints unambiguous

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

That the offensive picture of Prophet Mahammad was deliberately published in the Samaja to precipitate a communal flare up with a motive to help BJP to polarize the majority community of Hindus to its advantage when the process of CMC election is in progress and when general elections to the Assembly and the Loksabha are not far away, looks unambiguous now with provocative publication of Bajrang Dal rally in its support in its pages on January 17.

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Highly provocative words are used in this posting in a special page dedicated to justify the publication of the communally offensive, imagined picture of the Prophet. Nowhere in the page, the publisher of the picture that has offended the Muslims has been condemned and no demand has been placed to arrest the publisher of the offensive picture.

Attempts to instigate the people of Orissa, who in majority are the Hindus, against the Muslims has been made by Bajrang Dal, in the guise of rueing over desecration of a statue of Gopabandhu Das by the Muslim demonstrators. The rueing fails to appear genuine; because, Bajrang Dal has never opposed to desecration of Gopabandhu statue by the Samaja itself even though such offense was executed by the corrupt functionaries of Samaja and Servants of the People Society in order to ingratiate to the Chief Mnister, who, thereafter, has been protecting them from police action against their mischief.

In view of this, the Samaja publisher’s communal footprint is unambiguous and it is incumbent upon the Government to find out why the communally provocative picture of Prophet Mahammad was published by the Samaja and to do it correctly, it is necessary to arrest the gang of five – Executive Editor, Chief News Coordinator, Joint General Manager, General Manager as well as the Printer – cum -Publisher to elicit the truth from them through necessary interrogation.

Secret agenda for communal flare up must not be left unpunished.

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  1. To mend the injustice played upon a reporter the Commissionerate Police should first nab the real culprits- Executive Editor, Chief News Coordinator and Printer and Publisher of the paper. When the reigning law of the land is very clear on the role and responsibility of above functionaries, how could the Commissionerate Police act against a trainee reporter who had no role in the publication of the communally sensitive photo of Prophet Mahmmad to the irritation of his followers? Again, the issue raised in this article is worth investigating. If an inquiry can be initiated involving top scholarly officers in police department, the whole truth will come out. Besides, the management of Samaja should be restricted to mis-utilise a colour page of this largely circulated daily, arranging/placing/printing condemnation of the act for which the said/claimed “managment” is squarely responsible. The people in helms of the affairs of the paper should be warned that, the pages of this highly esteemed daily are meant for pure news/advertisements, not for their self protections and propaganda.

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