Orissa enters a new phase; the new Ministry may serve her well

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Ahead of oath-taking as members of the Legislative Assembly,the members of the new Ministry of Orissa have taken constitutional oath on May 29 in a very expensive showy ceremony, for the first time outside the Rajbhawan, in the exhibition ground, where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was felicitated as Priya Oriya after defeating a four-years-old slum-dweller boy Buddhia Singh in a popularity contest stage managed by a non-Oriya owned ETV. The boy, who by that time had attracted world attention as record braking youngest marathon runner, was crushed to total collapse of his natural ability by misuse of law by the then Child-Development Minister and his celebrated coach Biranchi Das was eliminated in such circumstances the real cause of which has not yet been convincingly put on records. The title Priya Oriya has remained his exclusive till now, as no such contests has ever been organised by the same media or any of its Avatars.

But, plutocracy and its practitioners and tentacles have helped him stay the Priya Oriya, which has been proved by his awe-inspiring victory in the elections that has made him the CM for the fifth time without break. The Ministers he has made are empowered with portfolios as per his preference.

While welcoming them all to their respective responsibilities, we hope that they would serve Orissa with better management of the bureaucracy, which, perceived generally,had kept the preceding ministries docile, to the total detriment of democratic pride of the people.

Allocation of portfolios to members of the ministry is prerogative of the CM that may change as and when the CM desires. But we may say, that the present allocation is well thought.

The Cabinet Ministers:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik: Home, General Administration & Public Grievance
and any other
Department specifically not assigned
Niranjan Pujari: Finance, Excise
Bikram Keshari Arukha: Forest & Environment, Parliamentary Affairs
Prafulla Kumar Mallick: Steel & Mines, Works
Ranendra Pratap Swain: Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Co-operation
Padmanabha Behera: Planning & Convergence, Commerce & Transport
Pratap Jena: Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Law, Housing & Urban
Arun Kumar Sahoo: Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal
Resources Development, Higher Education
Sudam Marndi: Revenue & Disaster Management
Susanta Singh: Rural Development, Labour & Employees’ State Insurance
Naba Kisore Das: Health & Family Welfare
Tukuni Sahu: Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti

Ministers of State (Independent Charge):

Jagannath Sarka: S.T. & S.C. Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare
Dibya Shankar Mishra: Energy; Industries; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Ashok Chandra Panda: Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security &
Empowerment of Persons with Disability
Samir Ranjan Das: School & Mass Education
Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi: Tourism; Odia Language, Literature & Culture
Premananda Nayak: Skill Development & Technical Education
Raghunandan Das: Water Resources, Information & Public Relations
Padmini Dian: Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts
Tusharkanti Behera: Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services

Oriya Language in atrophy: Authors in pursuit of trophy

On the birth anniversary of Kulabruddha Madhusudan Das, whose dedicated endeavor to help the ancient race of Oriyas to have a State where their mother tongue would be the language of all public transactions, the Bhasha Andolan expressed dismay over the discernible apathy of Oriya authors to the enforceability of Oriya as the official language of Orissa.

In a documentary produced by bhashaandolan.com captioned E EKA TAPASYA, founder of the movement Subhas Chandra Pattanayak depicted how the scenario prevalent in the time of Madhubabu before the creation of Orissa as the first linguistic State of British India is the same as on today with a single difference. The difference is that the authors and journalists of those days were eagerly cooperating with people’s demand for making Oriya the State Language whereas the authors and media of the present day are conspicuous by their reluctance to take up the cause lest that angers the power-wielders that have put the mother tongue of the people in atrophy by non-implementation of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 and by wrongful amendment thereof to obstruct forever its implementation, in pursuit as they are of trophies for themselves available/achievable only under the pleasure of the Government.
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Bhasha Andolan releases Video on Madhu Jayanti

Bhasha Andolan has been spearheading the campaign for the transaction of all official works of Orissa in the Oriya Language, which was also the reason behind the creation of this first linguistic State of India under the epoch-making leadership of Mr. Madhusudan Das, revered by Gandhiji as his Guru and by the Oriya race as Kula Bruddha, the grand old man of the race.

The unique Black Flag March of Bhasha Andolan is designed to fulfill the task left behind by Madhubabu. Hence, bhashaandolan.com has released a video on this campaign on the occasion of Madhubabu’s 171st birth anniversary today morning.

In a gettogether, chaired by eminent social activist and authoress Ms.Tanuja Rath, award winner dialogue writer Satish Mishra whose TV serial Capital Khati revolutionized the socio-political serial making, released the video in the presence of notable campaigners.

Prof. Kamala Prasad Mohapatra, the chief guest, was emphatic on the necessity of involvement of Oriya authors with the demand for unfailing administration of the whole of the State of Orissa in Oriya, for which the State was created. Eminent columnist and activist Tusarkant Satpathy while proposing the vote of thanks, reminded the people of the sacrifices of their forefathers for creation of Orissa and said the purpose of their sacrifice cannot be allowed to be defeated under any design.

Unpaid and substandard panelists make election talks sophomoric in TV Channels

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
I was watching a TV channel that boasts of the promptest possible presentation of how voting is going on.

A freelancer was commenting live on the goings-on in various booths. The reporter on the field was asking the voters outside the booths as to whom should they prefer this time. And each of them was saying that whosoever candidate would serve the people better shall be his/her choice. This means, to the voters thus interviewed no party was preferable and notwithstanding which party a candidate belongs to, his/her personal reliability would count. But, when asked to comment on this scenario, the person in the panel insisted that, the election this time will be party-centric and never person-centric. This was a discernible conflict between the voters in the queue before the booth and the person in the studio of the TV channel procured for the day to comment.

This is not a stray case. TV channels in Orissa are engaging unpaid and substandard panelists to discuss public issues including the election. The Channels have made a lot of noise pollution in every home and hotels in the matters of the ongoing elections. But not a single voter has been guided on how to vote with informed knowledge. No discussion has been conducted on which political party belongs to which political economy and how credible or not are the election manifestoes of rival parties vis-a-vis that of the candidates. The TV channels could have served the democracy as a powerful medium of political education at the time of the elections, but they have failed.

The channels are commercially exploiting non-political freelancers that do not have the necessary knowledge to deal with the subject. These substandard fellows do not demand any money for the time and talk they give. Appearing in a TV screen is for them their best achievement. And, therefore, instances galore that such fellows often cultivate the channels to participate in a panel discussion.

No wonder, such fellows are often seen in the Channels participating in any topic that the editor may give priority to as if they are born masters in every subject!

Nobody bothers about what the sycophants in political attires say in the TV discussions. But, when a non-political person, such as a journalist, takes a seat in the panel, people pay attention. But the people seldom find any noteworthy debate, because these freelancers are not equipped with the necessary knowledge to enlighten the viewers.

Unless a person in a panel is fairly paid and accountable for what he says, panel discussions in TV channels shall remain mere oral acrobatics.

Serious cogitation is called for on this subject.

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 →