I am staying near official residence of the Governor of Orissa. The area has been devastated by a severe explosion in the Indian Oil petrol station, situated opposite the Governor’s house. I am yet to overcome the shock, as my nephew has narrowly escaped the worst possible peril the IOCL had kept in stock. He was about entering into the filling station when the explosion took place at about 1.10pm. Turning instantly back to an apparently safe place, he took this and some such pictures.
This filling station was closed for a few years due to marked laxity in safety.
The IOCL should now reveal the details of how the closed station was allowed to reopen and what were the specific safety threats that were removed to permit its fresh operation.
IOCL has not put before the public the steps it takes to ensure safe operation of its pumps. People do not know if the tanks are made of proper metals and materials and the periods they would stay safe. They know nothing on their maintenance protocol and not sure of safety as they enter into these stations.
As per eyewitness accounts, the LPG tank that exploded was repaired yesterday. Who of IOCL had inspected that repairing?
The official website of IOCl has not yet put any information on this explosion; and this shows how negligent is its approach to safety of the people working in and living around its filling stations.
We insist that the devastation be immediately put in official website in its entirety including human casualties over and above the cause of the blast and the safety measures in use there till its explosion.
Government must end its lackadaisical approach to safety of the people. All the filling stations, notwithstanding their locations, public or private, need be forced to create their respective websites and place the details of metal and ingredients used in the tanks vis-a-vis the standard fixed including identity and responsibilities of persons in charge of safety of the filling station.
Petroleum Minister has breathed an inquiry into the matter. We stress that, pending the contemplated inquiry, penal action be immediately taken against supplier of the tank that exploded and against whosoever has any contribution to this explosion.
Don’t kill our language; work in Oriya – roared Dr. Tamasarani DasMohapatra, former Director of the State Government’s Institute of Oriya Language (Oriya Bhasha Pratisthan) on October 5, coming live on BHASHA MAA PA’N PADE, the digital platform of virtual Black-Flag-Campaign of Bhasha Andolan in Facebook. She came down heavily upon the State Government over its questionable conduct in implementation of Orissa Official Language Act.
The audience got in her speech the echo of the Bhasha Andolan voice that our people would not have been ruined beyond repair, had all the health advice and official guidelines been made available to them in Oriya instead of English.
She mentioned of how the Institute under her had imparted training to bureaucrats from 22 departments to work in Oriya in the offices. Had they been used by the Government, all the COVID19 guidelines could have been produced in Oriya and people could have escaped the danger to their life. That didn’t happen, because there is no language policy to work in Oriya language.
THE LANGUAGE POLICY she had formulated as Director of Bhasha Pratisthan was lost to oblivion in the Headquarters of the Government, as therein punishment against disuse of Oriya (as proposed by Subhas Chandra Pattanayak in the Ministerial Committee) was emphasized, she disclosed.
The anti-Oriya attitude of administration would kill the Oriya language, she said. Those that are pooh-poohing the fear that disuse of Oriya language in administration would kill it, are the worst enemy of Oriya Language. They do not know what death of a language means. The people’s language starts dying firstly when different organs of the administration and business transaction do not use it and secondly, when its use in social and academic life shrinks. These two most harmful factors are overwhelmingly severe in Orissa, she rued.
She called upon the Government to clarify whether Oriya language is to live on its own independent magnificence or under the shadow of a foreign language.
She advanced a set of advice on the basis of her administrative experience on language, which, if accepted by the government, may he helpful to governance of Orissa in Oriya.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has escaped a criminal inquiry because of his power and position as the ultimate political ruler of the State.
A retired IAS officer Dandanirodh Mishra has put it on records that, a program was “scheduled” for secret transaction of a sum of Rs.50 lakhs between Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the then chief of the Servants of People Society Manubhai Patel at Puri on 15 November 2006. On intelligence report that the transaction may be captured in camera, he had informed the CM, which could save him from the exposure.
Why Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was to give Manubhai Patel a sum of Rs.50 lakhs (Samaja letter No. 253/GM/2007 – 25.7.2007) SECRETLY on the scheduled day?
The Chief Minister owes an answer on this; because he has kept mum even though I had exposed it in ORISSA MATTERS on 07 July 2013. However, this secret pact between the Servants of People Society and Naveen Patnaik has debarred senior journalist Pitambar Mishra from getting justice in his case against the mental and financial turmoil he was subjected to by this gang.
I have exposed, with exemplary cooperation of the employees of the newspaper organisation led by journalist Deviprasanna Nayak, all the treacheries committed against Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das by his trusted employee Radhanath Rath and forgeries perpetrated by him and Gopabandhu’s known protege Lingaraj Mishra in matter of The Samaja, which was founded by the Satyabadi Bana Bidyalaya group, but controlled by Gopabandhu till he breathed his last under a sort of enforced death sans any money to get medical care, the villain being Rath, whom India has decorated with the 2nd highest Civilian Honor – Padma Bibhusan.
But the forgery resorted to by Rath’s daughter Manoramaa Mohapatra is so villainous that, Rath, were he alive, would have found his Guru in his daughter. My documented article on Manorama’s crime was published on 24.11.2014.
Naveen Patnaik’s government has been giving protection to this forger for about 10 years, first through the Police that did not register the complaint filed on 20 July 2011 by the victim of this forgery; and then through the government advocate (APP) within whose knowledge the case is lying without any proceeding since 24 March 2015 in the Court of the SDJM, Cuttack.
The victim, journalist Pitambar Mishra is now bedridden and possibly because of Naveen Patnaik’s misrule, the culprit Manorama will never be punished within the lifetime of Mishra, despite her offense established by the State Forensic Lab in 2011.
Bijayashree Routray, then Labour Minister, had told me about how he was forced by the CMO to transfer the District Labour Officer, Cuttack, when he had initiated an inquiry against the Management of the Samaja in the matter of dispute raised by the employees.
So, if Manorama Mohapatra is not arrested and justice to Pitambar Mishra is further delayed, onus would lie on Naveen Patnaik to show that he is not involved with the protection given so far to Mohapatra.
Eminent Banker (Rtd) Nirmal Kumar Behera has no qualms in saying that, banking benefits to which the people of Orissa are lawfully entitled, get often stymied due to non-Oriya tricks.
Addressing the people of Orissa live from the Facebook platform of Bhasha Andolan, as its Black Flag Campaign for governance of Orissa in Oriya has adopted virtual method due to COVID19, Sri Behera disclosed that the Banks are bound to render all their services including information on their projects, in Oriya language in Orissa. But this is not happening due to the State Government’s lackadaisical manners and blatant aversion to use of Oriya in the offices and businesses in Orissa. As a result, the people of Orissa are deprived of their legitimate entitlement to banking benefits in almost all sectors, particularly agriculture, small businesses, loans and repayments, investments and interests et cetera.
Bhasha Andolan is the only way to bring in the change, he said.
Thus, Chief Minister’s attempt to kill the Bhasha Andolan by taming a couple of avaricious activists of the movement was foiled by Ranjan Kumar Das and his friends.
This Ranjan Kumar Das was murdered when he finalized his plan to start a cycle campaign with the movement’s celebrated Black Flags. Everyday, the movement has been posting an appeal to the Chief Minister for investigation into the murder of Das in the social media Face Book, where the Government has its digital presence. But no investigation has yet commenced in right earnest.
Circumstances centering the murder strongly suggest that it was political in nature, in tune with the CM’s design to foil the movement for governance of Orissa in Oriya Language.
The CM is personally so motivated against the movement that, to gain over Pradyumna Satpathi, my close associate, his office had forced the officers of higher education department to create situations for him to fetch more than a crore of rupees as enticement for sabotaging the Bhasha Andolan. I had to write “Supari against Bhasha Andolan: CM’s silence strongly suggests his involvement“, which goes unchallenged as yet.
It would be worth-mention that, the CM had suppressed the lawful Cabinet decision of 14 March 2018 to insert Section 4A in the Orissa Official Language Act on 1 May 2018 by linking the same to a political resolution of his party wrongfully branded as Cabinet decision taken at Puri. He even had inserted Section 4 in the Act in 2016 sans sanction of Law with the sole motive of pushing the Act into atrophy. In this nefarious design, he even had tampered with the Bill prepared lawfully by bureaucracy! As I discussed in Nitidin dated 11 May 2018 the details of illegality in the amendment caused by the CM to the Act, the newspaper run by a mining house, in situational fear of the CM’s power, had to show the CMO that the editor was made to quit.
The Press was so managed that, when Satpathy and his gang declared on 16 July 2018 that Bhasha Andolan has stopped the Black Flag Campaign, none of the Press had thought it professionally prudent to verify the truth from me, even though all of them knew that the movement is my brainchild. Even my version in the matter the next day suffered a complete media blackout, confidential confession of an editor pointing at the CMO as the cause.
Against this backdrop Ranjan’s steps encapsulated in the video above devastated the Chief Minister’s design to wipe out Bhasha Andolan. The Govt. was forced to declare that necessary amendments in the Act would soon be made to enforce Oriya use in every office and public place. When the Assembly commenced, there was no proposal before it to amend the Act. I came down heavily upon the Chief Minister and his new pets.
This was in the evening of 4 September 2018. It inspired friends from Khurda to dare heavy rains to reach Bhubaneswar with Black Flags on 5 September 2018 demanding amendment of the Act, as assured to people of Orissa after the long-distance Black Flag march led by Ranjan Kumar Das.
When these brave Oriyas reached Bhubaneswar, the CMO, in fidgets, wanted its new pet Pradyumna Satpathy to blur its impact by any means. He resorted to tactics of confusion by declaring over camera that I was no more in the Bhasha Andolan! He used many obnoxious terms on me to please the CM. But got nervous when I asked him to confirm if he had hurled the words at me. As the channel head SriRam Dash told me, Satpathy fell at his feet to hide the video from public gaze. I had to deal with the issue in a write-up after it was clear that he had no guts to support his own version.
Sri Naveen Patnaik was so nervous that he shepherded Sec.3A of the Act created by his father in 1963 – very unusual on his part – back into the Assembly in partial acceptance of my demand dated 3rd March 2016, in the Official Language (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2018, a matter, which would be better to elaborate in a separate article. But, this amendment was worded to continue the illegality of Section 4A created to defeat the very purpose of the Act.
To make people aware of this mischief, Ranjan offered to move all over the State along with his friends in cycle with the Black Flags of Bhasha Andolan. He was murdered, as he was finalizing his tour program with his friends. Police has not investigated into his murder as yet.
We in Bhasha Andolan and his colleagues in Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan have been agitating for investigation into his murder. But the Police seems determined not to investigate.
We find a similarity between the murder of Pt. Laxminarayan Mishra of Sambalpur and the murder of Ranjan.
Mishra’s super-active emphasis on governance of Orissa in Oriya after independence and on enforcement of the Orissa Official Language Act after it was enacted in 1954 had irked the non-Oriya elements in power and his murder was not investigated into, as Biju Patnaik, avowedly averse to administration in Oriya, had taken over the reins of Orissa. The State in the control of his son, equally averse to administration in Oriya, is not investigating into the murder of Ranjan, whose devotion to Oriya Language had foiled the CM’s conspiracy to destroy the Bhasha Andolan.
In the circumstances, CBI inquiry into his murder seems to be the only possible way to apprehend the culprit.
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 →
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.
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 →