Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Orissa is reduced to a state of inanition by Naveen Patnaik inasmuch as more than half a crore, at least 5,967,215 persons as per the list of beneficiaries under Public Distribution Scheme, are suffering from continuous slow starvation, who just thrive on subsidized rice at the rate of Re.1 per kg; when as many as 63,759 persons are identified as paupers having not even this abysmally little purchasing power to have rice at Re.1, for which they are given the rice they need free of cost under the Annapurna scheme. “This initiative” confesses the State government “helps to mitigate the maladies of hunger, deprivation and poverty. AAY scheme specifically caters to the need of the poorest of poor people living in urban & rural areas, who face difficulties to buy essential commodities even at a relatively lower price”.
When UNDP puts the figure of poor in Orissa at 15.32 million based on data of 2009-10, a CLAP project finding on “State of Children in Orissa” shows that, the State has the “highest percentage of Infant Deaths and Neo-Natal Deaths among the States of India. The IMR for the State is 83 per 1000 live births. The Neo-Natal Mortality is 61 per 1000 live births. 54.4% born in Orissa are underweight. 20.7% of Children below 3 years of age are severely underweight and another 54.4% are moderately underweight”, attributing this sordid reality to severe malnutrition and continuous slow starvation.
In such a State, against 147 Assembly seats, 217 multimillionaire (crorepati) candidates, have been fielded by non-Communist political parties, who have also fielded 324 declared criminals, most of whom are charged with serious crimes like murder, attempt to murder and rape.
In Naveen babu’s regime, Orissa was blackened through mandate 2009 with 18 MLAs and 3 MPs who could not be punished, as criminal cases against them continued to limp, because prosecution did not dare to pursue those cases in right earnest.
This happens in plutocracy where mafia rules the roost.
In plutocracy corrupt politicians whom people really hate get elected because elections become Hobson’s choice. And in this process they use the administration and machinery of election like the Election Commission in the Center and Chief Electoral Officers in States. This technique is glaringly evident in Orissa.
The ruling party here is named after Biju Patnaik, more a mafia than a democrat. All officially instituted welfare projects are named after the same Biju Patnaik which is a ruling party design to keep the voters too dazzled to differentiate between the Biju Janata Dal and Biju-named projects. As a result, BJD appears as the provider of their welfare, though all the Biju-named projects are created with and funded by the State exchequer.
A fare and non-plutocratic election machinery – the EC, India and CEO, Orissa – should have banned all advertisements in media and mention in electioneering of every official project named after Biju since the very day of commencement of preparation for election, if Orissa voters were to use their unbiased, unprejudiced, uninfluenced, free wisdom in casing their votes.
Over and above this, several instances of heavy cash being carried in vehicles engaged in electioneering of ruling and non-communist parties, as located by stray officials sans any punitive action, indicate to what extent the election is made undemocratic, which proves that, the election which our innocent people believe to be a democratic process of their mandate, has become a plutocratic phenomenon, where they elect their enemies only as their representatives.
These plutocratic politicians do not allow their voters to know even their election manifestos.
As is well known, the BJP, which is aspiring to capture India by exploiting people’s wrath against Manmohan Singh-Sonia misrule, had not issued its manifesto till closure of electioneering in Orissa for the first phase of election. When it released its manifesto, the total copies thereof were only 1000 when Orissa has a total of 2.88 crore voters.
The BJD had no more copies of manifesto than what was necessary for release to the Press. It disdainfully disobeyed the election law to print the numbers of the copies of the manifesto which it circulated only to members of the Press at Bhubaneswar. We did not get a copy of BJD manifesto in any of its electioneering camps and none of its slogan-raisers or campaigners candidates could give us a copy either, which establishes that the ruling party of Orissa had no scheme of equipping the people with the election manifesto.
So, for all these non-Communist parties, planting candidates in all/almost all the Assembly constituencies of Orissa, seeking of mandate on the basis of manifesto carried no meaning. They have made the election a farce and a medium of plutocracy in the guise of democracy, and nothing else.
Read the scenario and find the specimen of plutocracy in Orissa and be ready to fight against whosoever forms the next government with such treachery and foul play, if you really love your motherland and wish it stay a democracy.
A violent class war is inevitable, as from now on, plutocracy will tighten its grip to further imperilment of the poor, perishing under slow starvation and silently suffering the ignominy of thriving on Re.1 per kg rice.
Your post-election responsibility is to try to forestall the violent class war by building up a non-violent revolution to force the government(s) to put a ceiling on private property, so that concentration of wealth in hands of a few shall stop and corruption caused by unlimited avarice of the rich and aspirants for richness would shrink to obliteration and enough funds shall be available for all round development of all Indians.