Newspapers should stand in solidarity with the Sambad and refuse official ads

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

To your site, arbitrary denial of official ads to Sambad was not acceptable, as it very menacingly affects freedom of Press. I was the first to have condemned the State Government’s imprudent action in the social media. Many in facebook have echoed my concern.

I am consious that, the paper’s owner-cum-editor Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, in order to ingratiate himself with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, had ordered his newsdesk to blackout Bhasha Andolan in Sambad, when I had refused his personal pressure to stop the Black Flag Campaign, that is espousing the right of our people to be governed/served in our official language – Oriya. This misconduct of Sri Patnaik is precisely depicted under a caption MEDIA MUHANRE TUNDI (muzzle on the media) in my documented book ORIYA BHASHAKU NAVEENANKA MARANAAGHATA (Naveen’s deathblow to Oriya Language) at p.178-79 .

Yet, I must admit, when there is no political opposition in the State, almost all the opposition members are discernibly docile to the Chief Minister in the Assembly, except a few Oriyas in social movements, it is only the Sambad that has ignored its owner’s political link and acted as the speaking opposition to the anarchical administration that has already crippled Orissa in many spheres.

Orissa’s media, as a whole, has been dragged by the Chief Minister into a state of ignominy by forcing it to accept whatever the Government wants them to carry. Their reporters/representatives are dinied assess to sources of information. Never before in Orissa the Press was in such predicament.

Despite having politically gained after putting Bhasha Andolan in blackout, Sri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik has corrected himself by encouraging reporters and editors of his organisation to expose the misdeeds of the Government.

Orissa is in deep quagmire.

A man of severe legislative misconduct, who has subjected his Cabinet to a scam the like of which is never seen anywhere in the world,and who has secretly changed the Bill created on the basis of the official memorandum adopted in the State Cabinet on 14 March 2018 and has used a blatantly unauthorised forged Bill to ruin the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 in order to destroy the people’s right to be governed in their State language, is, to the shame of Orissa, her Chief Minister!

Oriya Newspapers had taken the pivotal role in creation of Orissa on the basis of the people’s language. Hence, the newspapers of Orissa must come together to save their own creation – Orissa – from Naveen Patnaik’s pernicious grip. If they like, they should free themselves from Naveen’s yoke.

I urge upon them all to please decide to be in the side of the people. If they decide to stand with the people of the State, their readers, they should follow the path the Sambad has shown. People want to know the misdeeds of this Government in details in the pages of the newspapers they read.

As an instance of commitment to Freedom of Press, they should refuse to publish official ads till at least issuance of advertisements to Sambad resumes.

Orissa is to win, none else.

Predator in the Health Deptt; blood safety may face a mess

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If mandarines in health department succeed in their design, the State may be forced to squander away monumental amount of money in a dubious deal with a particular firm in the matter of blood screening to ensure safe blood to indoor patients.To help this particular firm, the tender notification has been suitably tailored and sources say, concerned desk of the finance department has been contacted to clear the proposal, when it comes.

A noted journalist, according to a source in the health department, had sent a note to the Health Secretary informing her about this “serious issue”. He had alleged that a particular officer of the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) had tried to influence him to publish a news that would help the design succeed.

What is the design?

Under Orders of the High Court of Orissa dated 28.7.2011 in case No. W.P.(C) No. 13441 of 2009, reported first in these pages on 8.7.2012 captioned “Shocking Reality: AIDS Being Aided By Government of Orissa” which prompted the then Opposition Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan to move an adjourment motion in the Orissa Assembly over the issue, the government, as the health minister had assure the House that day, has decided to equip its blood banks with NAT PCR blood screening facility.

Many times the mandarines have tried to foil the benevolent order of the High Court, but have failed as this site has always kept a vigilant eye on their activities and exposed their design in right earnest in right time.

If anything praiseworthy the Chief Minister has done, it is his strong support to equipping the blood banks/ blood collection centres with NAT PCR technology as a result of which several thousand persons in Orissa have been saved from Transfusion Transmissible Infections like HIV-I, HIV-II, Hepatitis-B and HCV.

NAT PCR technology is the world’s best available technology which has been rewarded with a Nobel in technology, which Orissa is using, creating thereby a landmark in supply of safe blood to the patients. This facility could have been activated in all the bloodbanks of Orissa if, for reasons best known to them, a section of employees and officers in the health department had not played tricks to stymie the order of the High Court. A Public Interest Litigation informed the High Court of the game officials in the health department are playing with human life by ignoring its order in the above Writ Case and the announcement of the Health Minister in the floor of the Assembly while answering the adjournment motion. The High Court in its latest order has taken the government to task over its failure to provide all the blood banks with the NAT-PCR facility.

At this stage, sure of possibility to earn the sky as profit, a secret operator has stepped in and has gained over a section of the officials in the SBTC in order to bag the business of supplying the facility to rest of the blood banks where NAT facility is not yet operative. When the present facility tests six samples at a time, the secret predator, whose machine can accommodate a single sample at a time, has influenced the bigwigs in the SBTC to convince the Government that a single sample at a time can be more reliable than bunch testing. Lest it fails to click, the predator’s agent in SBTC is cultivating reports that occasional escaping of virus is noticed in the operating NAT PCR facility. The senior journalist cited supra was shocked when a person presenting himself as the Assistant Director in SBTC approched him with such an allegation for publication with ready cash to grease his palms if he cooperates.

The concerned journalist in a letter to the Health Secretary has named the officer. “This is the first time in my journalism career that I have seen a government official pushing for a negative story about his own department. This is unethical, so I have not done the story so far. He may try to push this story in some other publications”, he has informed the Health Secretary. Responding to his information, the Health Secretary has assured him that the government would “keep a watch” on the particular officer.

Let the Secretary “keep a watch” on the officer as she likes, but unless the Tender Notice drafted to suit the predator is jettisoned in keeping in mind the greater interest of Orissa, the same predator may be the only one to bag the business of blood screening, which would force the State Exchequer to suffer a gigantic loss of money under the pretence of blood safety, eventually pushing blood safety into a mess.

Secret Agenda

Motive of the mandarines in SBTC to help the predator is descernible in the obliteration of the Committee formed on 22 May 2023 to formulate the tender call notice. The same Committee was constituted with Debadatta Bhattacharya (Scientist,ICMR),Dr. Sandeep Mishra (Scientist, Institute of Life Sciences),Dr. Smita Mohapatra and Dr. Dharitri Mohapatra (Heads respectively of Transfusion and Microbiology Deptts, SCB Medical College),Dr. Rabindra Mishra (Head of Transfusion Deptt, MKCG Medical College), Dr. Rana Singh (Head, Transfusion Deptt of AIIMS,Bhubaneswar). When Dr. Ajit Mohanty, Spl. Secretary, Helth & Family Welfare chaired the Committee, Dr. Nilakantha Mishra, Director, Blood Safety and Ex-Officio Director of SBTC was the convener. Attempts were made to soft-pedal the design of the secret predator, many a members felt. The important aspect of technology was not in the agenda, as SBTC officials prefered the Committee to formulate its recommendation on method of testing. Many members protested against this secret agenda, as a result of which no decision on purpose of the tender could be taken. Rather most of them were in favor of calling tendering for NAT PCR technology which is successfully operating in Orissa. The SBTC officials obliterated the said Committee and created a new Committee with former DMET Dr. CBK Mohanty (retired two years ago) to formulate a tender notice that should help the predator. Dr.Debadatta Bhattacharya (Scientist,ICMR),Dr. Sandeep Mishra (Scientist, Institute of Life Sciences), Dr. Dharitri Mohapatra (Heads of Microbiology Deptts, SCB Medical College) were deliberately kept out of the Committee. Sensing the SBTC design to help a predator in the guise of tender, the expert from the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar didn’t attend the Committee. And, such a handpicked body has recommended such components to be put in the tender call notice, which would help the predator in grabbing the order.

Knowing that the unilateral choice of the predator will eventually question the prudence involved, the SBTC officials, as noted supra, are trying to discredit the NAT-PCR operating in Orissa,with sponsored news, despite the fact that the State has accepted the best of technology which is epochmaking with the Nobel prize. If the mandarines in SBTC succeed, blood safety in Orissa may face a mess.

The sooner the Government intervenes to obstruct the wrong, the better.

Modi couldn’t say he is not deshdrohi as alleged by Rahul

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

I was really disturbed when Rahul Gandhi called Prime Minister Modi the “Deshadrohi”. No PM of India has ever been shown a “Deshadrohi” in the Loksabha (Ap Deshdrohi Ho). Alas! the PM, who roared against the opposition like an wounded lion, couldn’t counter this allegation from the man, whom he considers his enemy number one.

Rahul most severely castigated the PM for making Manipur the slaughter house where India is being butchered (You are killing India in Manipur). Mr. Modi also failed to counter this.

There was no answer to Rahul’s question as to why the PM has never visited the State to bring in peace and tranquility there and why he has not even made any appeal for end of internecine hostility and for restoration of brotherhood amongst the children of that soil.

In answering the debate, the PM made the august house a vehicle for political propaganda and the Speaker’s repeated appeals notwithstanding, reduced the floor to a place of sloganising, himself raising the slogans.

Ceiling on private property is the way to freedom from plutocracy, says Subhas Chandra Pattanayak


In a conference conveyed by Naba Nirman Krusak Sangathan on Saturday for application of collective wisdom to build up a real alternative to ongoing political anarchy in the country, Orissa in particular, Sri Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Representative-in-Chief of and founder of Bhasha Andolan, Orissa opined that a collective demand for ceiling on private property can culminate in creating a capable front to free the nation from plutocracy, which the politicians in power have replaced democracy with, in the Republic of India.

Sadly in India, a new political economy that we may call ‘political economy of avarice’, is shaping our nation, he said.

To get rid of all the threat to democratic Republic, which the practitioners of this new political economy have caused, ceiling on private property is the only way at the moment. Hence a very effective political alternative is possible, if ceiling on private property becomes the main purpose of conscious Indians, he stressed.

His speech is available in at:

Killer trains: Railways minister should quit or be asked to quit

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Post Bahanaga, it is impossible to say which train of India is not a killer train. The Government that thrives on propaganda has dragged us to this agonizing state.

Below is a joint inspection report on the disaster :

Thus the train crash is not self-generated. It would never have happened if the men who manned the railways were not blatantly negligent to their responsibilities.

Fellows in the lower echelon carry the sense of responsibility, which the boss at the top embodies. The Government of India may fix responsibility on some of the goats in the field. But that will not undo the unfathomable damage.

If the Railways minister doesn’t voluntarily quit, the Prime Minister should ask him to quit.

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 →