Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Onus lies on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to show that the most celebrated child of Orissa Buddhia Singh is not dead.
It is he who had contested against Buddhia Singh in a state-managed fight to become “Priya Oriya” (the most popular person of Orissa) and in the final round had won the contest through mobile phone voting. The four year old illiterate child was a slum dweller and had not even known that a major TV channel (ETV) had dragged him to this contest. I had detailed the sordit game played against the poor illeterate boy in these pages at that time.
Narrowly survived in the contest, the Chief Minister was obviously affraid of nullification of the so-called election and exposuure of his mischief if Buddha Singh challenges the stage-managed victory of Naveen Patnaik.
His government subjected the legendary four year old boy to prosecution and destruction of his morale and surprisingly his mentor Biranchi Das was killed.
The Government had taken Buddhia forcefully into its care under the pretence of training him up in every possible professional way to become the world’s greatest marathon walker. What happened to him nobody knows. Neither the Sports Department nor the Child Development Department that had thrown Buddhia Singh forcibly into the care of the Sports Department is able to say where is he at the moment.
Bellow are a few links to my discussions on Buddhia Singh at that time.
The Government was conspicus with its silence over them.