All India General Strike on January 8

The NEWS Syndicate

Come the 8th of January 2020, the central trade unions of India including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU will promulgate a generalstrike on all India basis against the antipeople, antiworker and antinational policies of the Modi government, wherein independent associations/federations of employees of Bank, Insurance, Governments, also Defense sectors would join.

An open convention of central trade unions and independent federations held today at Bhubaneswar has given a clarion call to make the strike a grand success.

Supplementary Budget presented heavy outgo on administration

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Out of Rs.8,126.32 in the Supplementary Budget, presented at about closure of the commencing day of the 2nd session of Orissa Assembly on Wednesday, a big amount of Rs.267.23 is the proposed outgo on administration. Administration being no ad hoc phenomenon, one may wonder why this expenditure was not visualized in the original budget for the year. However, an amount of Rs.7,432.80 crores is earmarked for program implementation.

When transfer from State takes Rs.419.78 crore, Disaster Response Fund is proposed with Rs.6.52 crore.

Program implementation would cover land acquisition for development of Jagannath Temple and its citadel Puri (Rs.730 crore), Education, Sports and Skill development (Rs.1,073 crore), Supplementary nutrition program (190 crore) ; Healthcare ( Rs. 459 crore), Social Security (Rs.501 crore), National Social Assistance (Rs.500 crores) , One Rupeean Rice (Rs.185.52 crores, Police Stations under ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative (Rs.4.6 crore), Rural Housing (Rs.251 crore), Other rural development sectors (Rs.948 crores).

Funds to support the supplementary would flow from tied up resources to the extent of Rs.2,981.88 crores, higher receipt of non-tax revenue to the tune of Rs.1000 crore and surrender of grants to the extent of Rs.4,144.50 crores.

The State’s debt burden has reached Rs.83,307 crores, according to the department of Finance.

Policing the Assembly suggests a dilapidation

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The 2nd session of this Assembly is to commence today under a 3-tier system of policing for security.

For a person like me, who has been reporting the Assembly since 1971, this new arrangement is a conundrum.

More than the unprecedented policing, the question that hunts me is: has our democratic prudence gone into such dilapidation that there is reason for the government to fear that the Assembly cannot be safe, if such policing is not promulgated? Does the Government feel that our people have lost their respect for the Rampart of Democracy?

Democracy is to get stronger day by day in a Republic. But what has happened in our land that the Rampart of Democracy is feeling such unsecured?

Shouldn’t the Assembly members have individual and collective introspection to locate why has the Assembly lost its esteemed stature in the eyes of the people that had made their supreme sacrifices in the freedom movement to build this Assembly?

The Assembly in a 3-tier security system conceived and carried out by the Police is what the people’s august representative of this State should disdain.

Will they take up the issue and set the governance of Orissa on the right track, so that the Police barricades would be removed to make the Assembly the real Rampart of Democracy our freedom fighters had suffered so much to establish?

The Verdict notwithstanding, the Piercing Nail

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Supreme Court should immediately order for availability of its Ayodhya verdict in all the scheduled languages of India to make people know this historic Order in its entirety. Nonavailability of this verdict in their own language will keep majority of the people in dark about it and dependent upon hearsay.

This issue is such an issue, which may not end with the verdict, even though none of the concerned may venture to dishonor it. But, academic discussion on this great judgement cannot be barred at any point of time.

A retired Judge of the Supreme Court Sri AK Ganguly has already created a condition for such discussion by alleging that the minorities have been “wronged” in this judgement.

“I am perplexed and disturbed. The Constitution gives the right to every one and justice has to be given to everyone; but in this case the justice has not been done to minorities”, he has said.

He has tried to justify his words.

Now, therefore, the matter calls for judicial academic debate.

In future, as almost all our political leaders and executive top-brass pride in displaying their religious tag, oblivious of the fact that secularism is one of the constitutional mainstay of our country, and the term, to them, means nothing but State-support to all and/or any religion, the country is destined to suffer umpteen legal conflicts in the matter of religion. And, then, the Ayodhya verdict cannot but be an unavoidable subject of judicial analysis.

Thus the judgement shall continue to be discussed.

According to the judgement, majority of the Hindus believe that Rama was born in the place, where, in the MoghulRaj, was erected the mosque. By handing over the land to Rama Lalla, this is judicially confirmed that Rama was certainly born there.

How was it determined that “majority” of Hindus “believe” this place to be Rama’s birthplace? Was there any plebiscite?

In fact, most of the Hindus do not support Rama, particularly those who support the Krushna cult.

Orissa had witnessed severe battle between followers of Rama and Krushna. There was monstrous fight between followers of Rama and Krushna leading to bloodbaths over ‘Mahamantra’ of the Hindus. When followers of Rama had coined the Mahamantra as “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Ram Hare Hare”, the followers of Krushna had given to themselves the Mahamantra “Hare Krushna Hare Krushna Krushna Krushna Hare Hare”.

On this premise, even the Baishnavs were of two sects, called Odra Baishnav and Goudiya Baishnav, their signs of sandalwood paste on the foreheads being known as Ramanandi Chita and SriMandir Chita respectively.

When Rama represented the Brahminic patriarchal ideology, Krushna the tribal matriarchal system.

Internecine dispute over this ideological difference had led to obliteration of Gajapati Purusottam Dev in a battle of the subjects against the emperor at Puri, where the matriarchal people of Orissa, in wrath, had deracinated the statues of Adi Sankaracharjya and his first disciple Padmapad from the Ratna Sinhasan of SriJagannatha, which were implanted there by the Brahmins. People had instantly enthroned Prataparudra Dev, who quickly had quashed the hegemony of the Brahmins and promulgated the matriarchal system in SriMandira by restoring the Astapadis of SriJaya Dev, while proscribing Abhinav Gita Govinda promulgated by his father Purusottam. This phase in Orissa – phase of battle between Rama cult and Krushna cult – had seen physical obliteration of Sri Chaitanya of Krushna cult, last seen with Atibadi Jagannath Das of Rama cult, the subsequent developments of which are lost in legends.

I am afraid, the present verdict will help the Rama cult get strengthened in India. Those who do not subscribe to the Rama cult and support the class-war concept sic passim Krushna cult may be forced to live with the piercing nail sans any chance to escape, the apex court being the arbitrator beyond easy reach.

Was Rama a God for all the Hindus to follow or honor? I had pondered over this question in 2002 under the caption: If Rama was ever born, he was born a man.

May my friends please peruse the same.

Significant is strengthening of Soumyababu’s speech by Kanak News

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

When the 2nd session of this Assembly is scheduled to commence on the 13th day this month, a video clip of BJD heavyweight Soumya Ranjan Patnaik getting shared in social media Face Book presses upon the Government for a correct answer to what he had asked in the 1st session.

It is significant that, his media empire unit Kanak News has added editorial strength to this video.

I prefer it here for reference.

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 →