LAW MAKER WHO VIOLATES LAW IS EITHER IN BJD OR IN BJP

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Look at any member of Orissa Legislative Assembly who violates Law, you may easily find him in either of the two Parties in power, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Police has formed four squads to nab the absconding MLA of Kamakshyanagar, Prafulla Mallick, who belong to BJD. He had severely beaten up the Inspecter-in-Charge of Police, last week, in the police station itself, after storming into it with about 50 fellow goons.

On May 18, only four days after the Kamakshyanagar incident, MLA of Binika, Niranjan Pujari, who belong also to BJD, has attacked and injured an old couple, Sundar Pujari (80) and his wife Mrs. Satyabhama Pujari (70) and also their grand son Kalinga Pujari (21) after trespassing into their residential house with a pack of rowdy followers. The cause of provocation was Kalingas failure in paying proper respect to the MLAs pet person Ananta Narayan Pujari.

MLA of Junagarh, Himansu Meher, who belonged to BJP, staged an acrimonious demonstration last week before Junagarh Police Station in protest against arrest of two of his supporters namely Pramod Nimulia and Bijay Panda from his residence at Bhubaneswar, where they were hiding to escape police action. They, along with another absconder Rabindra Nayak, had dragged down the B. D. O. of Kalampur, Rudraprasanna Sahu, to the BJP Office at Junagarh, and thrashed him there mercilessly in presence of Mr. Meher on April 28. The BDO having filed F.I.R. seeking police action, they had escaped to Bhubaneswar where, while enjoying hospitality of Meher, they were trying to obtain anticipatory bell from the High Court.

Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadei, who belongs to BJD, admits that he is in a quagmire. An under-age tribal boy who was working as a pageboy in Ghadeis Bhubaneswar residence, is not traceable for several months. His father is apprehensive when many others suspect that the poor child has been sacrificed in tantric rites performed by Ghadei, whom people of the locality look askance, linking him to the ill famed shenanigans in the temple of Goddess Viraja. Police, however, is in search of the boy. If it fails to locate him, no one can say, how Ghadei would escape the blame.
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NO DEATH SENTENCE ON SPECULATIVE EVIDENCE: ORISSA HIGH COURT

OM Bureau

Cuttack:

There is absolutely no evidence on record that due to individual act of Dara alone, the three deceased persons or any of them died. Thus saying, the Orissa High Court set aside on May 19 the death sentence awarded to Rabindra Kumar Pal alias Dara Singh by the trial court and commuted it to life imprisonment in the triple murder case instituted on alleged murder of Christian missionary from Australia Graham Stuart Staines and his two sons Philip and Timothy in the night of January 22, 1999 at Manoharpur of Keonjhar, Orissa.

Holding that Dara Singh as the ambassador of death deserves death, the Trial Court had sentenced him to death u/s.302 I.P.C, for which he was separately charged and directed that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead.

Besides Dara Singh, there were 12 other convicts facing prosecution over the triple murder. But, they being gullible Adivasis, the Judge had declared that they deserve justice tempered with mercy and therefore had awarded them with punishment of imprisonment only.

In total disapproval of this award, the High Court observed that, Evidence against the accused including Dara being of identical nature, they are all equally responsible for the triple murder. No justification is available from the evidence on record to single out Dara Singh for convicting him under section 302 of IPC

Considering the various rulings of the Supreme Court and the facts and circumstances of the case in which the crime was committed and part played by the convicts, the Trial judge had said, I sentence each of the convict to imprisonment for life under Section 120(B), I.P.C. Setting aside this sentence, the High Court Bench comprising Chief Justice Sujit Barman Roy and Justice Laxmikanta Mohapatra pronounced, We are sorry to say that the nature of evidence is absolutely weak and on the basis of such speculative evidence, it is not possible to hold any of the accused guilty for criminal conspiracy under section 120(B) of Indian Penal Code. Therefore, the conviction and sentences of the appellants under section 120(B) IPC cannot be sustained and must be quashed.

Delivering the 110 page judgment in a packed courtroom, the bench acquitted Dayanidhi Patra, Umakanta Bhoi, Kartik Lohar, Rabi Soren, Mahadev Mahanta, Thuram Ho, Renta hembram, Suresh hansda, Surath Nayak, Harischandra Mahanta and Rajat Kumar Das. However, life imprisonment sentenced to Mahendra hembram was upheld on basis of his confession. Dara Singh, in whose respect the Court observed that he cannot be held individually liable for the triple murder, was adjudged liable vicariously along with others by invoking section 149 of IPC. But, the Court announced, We cannot accept the investigation to be an impartial one. Justifying this observation, the Court specifically referred to confessional statement of one Umakanta Bhoi, convicted by the Trial Court. There are circumstances, the Court pointed out, to show that confessional statements of Umakanta Bhoi must have been secured by coercion, duress and threat.

Death sentence, though, thus commuted to life imprisonment, Dara Singh has told the media that he shall prefer an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking acquittal as well as a judicial determination that he had not committed the crime.

ALLEGED KILLER OF GRAHAM STAINES SAVED FROM THE GALLOWS

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Orissa High Court saved on May 19 morning Rabindra Kumar Pal alias Dara Singh from the gallows and redrafted him for life imprisonment. The Judgement Reoprt under scan in the High Court was carrying the original sentence as, Convict Dare Singh is the prima Donna of the offence. Like knight errant of crime he formed a militant group of local tribals to physically liquidate Staines on the belief that with Staines the spread of Christianity will be buried in the area. Rest of the convicts who are gullible tribals, blindly followed him.

The factual scenario shows how gruesome and macabre the crime was. Even after drawing a balance sheet of aggravating and mitigating circumstances, the case falls within the rarest of rare cases. Convict Dara Singh as the ambassador of death deserves death whereas rest convicts being gullible Adibasis deserve justice tempered with mercy.
Considering the various rulings of the Supreme Court and the facts and circumstances of the case in which the crime was committed and part played by the convicts, I sentence each of the convict to imprisonment for life under Section 120-B I.P.C., imprisonment for three years under Sec.148 I.P.C., imprisonment for seven year under Sec.435 read with S.149 I.P.C., imprisonment for life U/S.436 read with s.149 I.P.C. and imprisonment for life under sec.302 read with S.149 I.P.C . Sentences shall run concurrently.
I sentence convict Rabindra Kumar Pal alias Dara Singh to death u/s.302 I.P.C ,for which he was separately charged and direct he be hanged by the neck till he is dead. The death sentence shall not be executed unless it is confirmed by the Honble high court of Orissa.
But the High Court of Orissa today disagreed with this judgment and converted the death sentence to life imprisonment and set free 11 of the co-accused persons. The details of the High Court Ruling shall be posted in our next edition.

MUKESH AMBANI IS SUED FOR DAMAGE CAUSED TO RESIDENTIAL HOME

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Chairman of Reliance Infocom Ltd. Mr. Mukesh Ambani is to defend himself in a money suit that demands Rupees one crore twenty lakhs for damage caused to a residential building in Sahidnagar, Bhubaneswar. The suit has been filed here by Mrs. Asharani Misra before the Civil Judge, senior division and is registered vide M.S.No.254/04.

According to the plaintiff, she is a share-holder in a two storied palatial building that her father had constructed at Sahidnagar. This being a joint family property, she has filed a partition suit bearing T.S.No.53/1996 before the appropriate court where it is awaiting decision.

When her claim is thus sub-judice, Reliance Infocom Ltd. Occupied 1st floor of the house without consent of the plaintiff and changed the architectural looks of the building by demolishing the staircase and balcony of the 1st floor and started business activities in telecom sector. This has not only ruined the original look of the building in which the happy memories of her father sitting atop that particular balcony lies, but also has made her vulnerable to punitive action by the B.D.A. and the G.A. department as being converted into a business complex, the stipulation that the plot allotted to her father for residential purpose only has been contravened.

She had, according to the plaint, notified Ambani on 3rd August 2004 of the damage done to her but as he and his firm did not heed to her notice, she has preferred the case.

ORISSA SHOWS THE WAY TO STOP STAMP-SCAM

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Scam in Stamps and Stamped papers to the extent of multi-thousand crore of rupees having hit the country mercilessly in 2002-03, Governments both at the center and in the States have been trying to invent ways to stop its recurrence. Orissa has invented one that can unfailingly succeed.

Orissas Inspector General of Registration, Mr.Pramod Chandra Patnaik has issued circulars, on interpretation of existing laws, to the Licensing authorities, Treasury Officers and to the Collectors, to ensure that Stamps/Papers are issued only to the licensed vendors.

The Vendors are to place their respective transaction Registers at the end of each quarter before the Licensing authorities for verification of supply, sale and stock of Stamps and stamped-papers. The Additional District Magistrates are the licensing authorities in Orissa. The Orissa Supply and sale of Stamps and Stamped-papers Rule, 1990 stipulates that the licensing authorities are to record the word VERIFIED after the last entry in the Register submitted by the vendor in token of examination.

Patnaik has noted, It is being observed that the licensing authorities do not verify the Registers of the vendors at quarterly intervals. Therefore, there is every possibility that misuse of Stamps and stamped documents can go undetected till it assumes serious proportion.

Asking the ADMs to verify Stamp Registers of vendors scrupulously at the end of every quarter, the IGR has warned them that any failure shall attract the Law that prescribes that you shall be held responsible.

As a precautionary step, the Treasury and Sub-Treasury Officers have been asked to issue Stamps to the vendors only after examining that the licensing authority has duely verified the concerned Register.

In another circular to the Collectors, as they are the controllers of Treasury in their respective districts, the IGR has intimated that the Treasury Officers are to put their signature with stamp on the backside of every stamped paper whose value is more than Rs.1000/-. In papers below this value stamped signatures of the Treasury officers will do. The Collectors are required to educate the Treasury and Sub-Treasury Officers under their control accordingly. In addition, as a safety measure, the Collectors are to see that the vendors submit their specimen signature to the Revenue Officer for circulation within the district so as to eliminate every possibility of counterfeit stamps being used.

For detail text of the circulars, one may visit the link:

CIVIL LIBERTY SEVERELY AFFECTED IN ORISSA

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Civil liberty is severely affected by the plutocratic practices of the state government, according to Deshapremi Jana Samukhya, a confederation of the civil liberty organizations of Orissa.

The Samukhya alleged in a press conference on May 17 that police force is being used to brutally suppress the protests raised by local people against their exploitation by industrialists.

The police brutality against tribal people of Kalinga Nagar industrial complex is an example. The people were demanding minimum compensation against loss of their land and living environment before a Maharastra linked steel industry, to which their land was allotted, starts construction of its plant building. Instead of assuring them of prompt and proper rehabilitation, the State resorted to such oppressive measures that as many as 25 women protesters were arrested and male folks in fear of police action abandoned the villages. This resulted in starvation death of two deserted kids and an aged man.

The Samukhya further alleged that the State has failed to respond to the call for protecting interest of the family of Kartik Maharana, who died electrocuted in the evening of May 16 while unloading sand from a lorry at Jindals plant site. Administration, it seems, is hesitant to take Jindal to task for lack of care for human life.

The State should bring out a white paper on the status of rehabilitation of the people affected by major industries and also on gains and losses the industries have caused to the local people as well as the State, the Samukhya demanded.

KENDULI WAS NOT THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAYADEV

ORISSA GOVT. MAKES A MISTAKE BY ADOPTING A COMMUNAL FESTIVAL

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Orissa State Government has made a mistake by adopting a festival that the Jayadev Foundation Trust and Jayadev Sanskrutika Parisad, twin private bodies, run mostly by Brahmins under leadership of Orissa’s Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary Mr.A.K.Tripathy, to keep buried forever Sri Jaya Dev’s Buddhist identity.

Birthday festival of Sri Jaya Dev has been celebrated this year from May 11 to 13 under the State government banner with total funding by the State without any provision in the Budget for the purpose. The aforesaid private combine was conducting ‘Sankirtan Yatra’ from Bhubaneswar to an adjacent Brahmin village named Kenduli for the last 13 years wrongfully projecting Sri Jaya Dev as a Hindu Vaishnav saint. This writer had shown the poet as a Buddhist who had composed his lyrics as a supportive literature to Kamavajrayana vide Orissa’s popular newspaper ‘Sambad’ (dated 11th May 1997), to which the above combine had resented through its founder-functionary P.C.Tripathy (Sambad, 25th May, 1997, but did not dare to counter academically after this writer established the Kamavajrayani tenets of the lyrics of Sri Jaya Dev (Sambad, 8th June, 1997). Since then the combine has never come forward to academically establish that Sri Jaya Dev’s writing did not connote to Buddhism in Sahajayan sector; but has tried to mislead the people through the ‘Sankirtan Yatra’. It now transpires that the Directorate of Culture and the Directorate of Information & P.R. were also being used to organize this communal ‘Yatra’ “with adequate assistance from the District Administration, District Police, Engineering Departments and local Public Relation Officers”. (Minutes of meeting taken for celebration of Jaya Dev Jayanti and sankirtan yatra, 2005, dated, 8th April, 05) When an IAS officer has a stake in a matter who in the State administration can deny the cooperation sought for?

The private combine succeeded this year in legalizing every illegality committed so far. A cursory look into the matter reveals that Orissa’s Minister of Culture, I & P.R. was prevailed upon to take a meeting with the above two organization which he did on 8th April 05. It was decided that, “henceforth the primary responsibility for organizing these celebrations should be taken over by the Culture and Information & P.R. departments together” whereas the above two organizations “will extend necessary cooperation”. A sum of Rs.1,22,000/- was announced as grant that included Rs.20,000/- for Jaya Dev Sanskrutika Parisad. The avowed aim of this new arrangement was a ‘sankirtan yatra’ from Anantavasudev Temple of Bhubaneswar to Srimandir of Puri via Kenduli village which is being projected as the village of Sri Jaya Dev. Officers like the Executive Engineer of Prachi Irrigation Division and B.D.O.s of the concerned Blocs were asked to look after the comfort of Sankirtan Yatries whereas Executive Officers of Local Bodies were to organize reception for the troupe. The Collectors of Khurda and Puri were asked to personally see that the venture was a grand success. S.P.s of both the districts were asked to ensure that adequate police escort was pressed into action. The State machinery was massively used to convince the people that Sri Jaya Dev was a Hindu saint and that he was born in the village Kenduli near Bhubaneswar.

It is a Brahminic conspiracy to wipe out forever Sri Jaya Dev’s Buddhist identity by use of the State machinery. It is a shame that a minister, without consent of the cabinet, has prompted the administrative machinery of the ‘secular’ state to work for a communal cause to the extent of strangulating history.

After the agents of Brahminism succeeded in eliminating Buddhism in the birth land of Sri Buddha Dev, i.e. Tosala or the coastal belt of Orissa, attempts have been made to misguide the rest of the world about Jaya Dev’s birthplace and philosophy too. His world famous love-lyrics, which were composed to spread the tenets of Kama-vajrayana or Sahajayana School of Buddhism, (Subhas Ch. Pattanayak: Sambad, 11th May 1997 and 8th June 1997) were edited by antagonists of Buddhism with profuse interpolations with a motive to usurp him for Brahminism and in course of time the edited compilation was given the title of “Geeta Govinda”, given his works a permanent Vaishnav colour.

Gajapati Purusottam Dev, who was a blind patron of Brahminism, had tried to stop recitation of Jaya Dev’s love-lyrics in the temple of Sri Buddha Dev christened as Sri Jagannath by King Indrabhuti , the founder of Vajrayan school of Buddhism. By that time Brahminism had succeeded in projecting Sri Jagannath as Bishnu in place of Buddha and Sri Mandira as a Hindu temple. But the general public of Orissa being more attuned to Buddhism, and therefore determined to see that the Kama-Vajrayani lyrics of Jaya Dev are not discarded from Sri Buddha-Jagannath’s abode, the evil design of Purusottam Dev did not succeed. Then attempts were made to project Sri Jaya Dev as a Hindu saint in order only to eliminate his public image as a Buddhist.

When thus his philosophical tenets were under an eclipse, visitors to Puri from outside Orissa were getting acquainted with the peculiarities of the Sri Mandira system wherein recitation of Jaya Dev’s libidinous lyrics was a must in the Deity’s daily worship. That the people of Orissa had compelled their king Emperor Purusottam Dev to withdraw recitation of another book styled as ‘Abhinav Gita Govinda’, the authorship of which was attributed to the emperor himself and which he had promulgated in place of Jaya Dev’s, was a matter of public knowledge that had lifted the poet to a legendary position in their estimation. Naturally, therefore, they were interested in collecting as much information as possible on Sri Jaya Dev. All of them, who had mentioned of him in their respective books during the period when Orissa was under Hindu Monarchs, have recorded that he belonged to a place near Puri, which was known for the shrine of Sri Jagannath. (Chandra Datta in Bhaktamala, or Mahipati in Bhakta Vijay for instance). It is remarkable that these two authors have described Sri Jaya Dev’s birthplace as “Vinduvilwa” and “Tinduvilwa” respectively. But both of them have made it abundantly clear that this village was adjacent to the town of Puri.

Therefore, history does not agree with the propaganda that Sri Jaya Dev was born in village ‘Kenduli’ near Bhubaneswar. Even Sri Jaya Dev himself has not said that he was born in village ‘Kenduli’ near Bhubaneswar. According to him, the name of his village was ‘Kinduvilwa’, if interpretation of the ‘Sarvangasundari Tika’ is accepted. This word Kinduvilwa, of course, is interpreted as the name of his family or clan in the ‘Shrutimanjari Tika’. If this interpretation is accepted then there is no reason to say that Kinduvilwa was his village. In that case, his village was either Binduvilwa or Tinduvilwa near the town of Puri. While editing ‘Sri Gitagovindamahakavyam’, in a footnote to the stanza where the poet has given a hint on his birthplace under the 3rd ‘Sargah’ at page 132, Dr.Bhagaban Panda has also said that in some of the manuscripts, the word has not been shown as ‘Kinduvilwa’, but has been shown as ‘Tinduvilwa’. Hence the village of Sri Jaya Dev can either be Tinduvilwa or Vinduvilwa or Kinduvilwa near Puri, but by no chance it can be the village of ‘Kenduli’ near Bhubaneswar.

Moreover, use of the word ‘Samudra’ in this verse by the poet himself suggests that the he was very much in harmony with the sea as he was composing his verses. Earlier I have shown how the sea was the vital source of philosophy that he depicted in his writing. A popular legend that attributes the writing of the words “dehi padapallavamudarm” to Sri Jagannath, narrates that the poet could not dare to write these words, even though they were contextually most appropriate, because his devoted mind refused to place the Lord in so humble a position. Undecided and perplexed, he left for a bath in the sea. It was, by his time, widely believed that a sea bath at Puri was enough to purify the mind. (A tenth century inscription vide Inscription from Maihar, E I Vol. XXXV part IV edited by Dr.D.C.Sircar and V.S.Subrahmanyam) As the saintly Jaya Dev should have been full of remorse for having conceived the words “dehi padapallavamudaram” which were to show the Lord in sub normality, he was correctly claimed in the legend to have gone for the sea bath. But the Lord was not going to be offended by these words. So, in full approval of what Jaya Dev had conceived, the Lord, before return of the poet, had come himself in his guise and taking the manuscript from his wife, completed the incomplete verse with these very words. This side of the legend may or may not be accepted, but it cannot be ignored that it has emphasized that Sri Jaya Dev was leaving in a place that was so near to the seashore of Puri that he was able to take a bath in the sea as and when he was wishing.

‘Bhaktamala’ of Chandra Datta narrates that Gita Govinda (as is the edited title) was composed by Sri Jaya Dev in the sacred city of Puri and the author was feeling himself accomplished by dedicating the same to the Lord. Neither in this book of reference nor in any other relevant works of the era, the village Kenduli which is adjacent to Bhubaneswar has been shown as the village of Sri Jaya Dev. The famous poet of Maharastra, Mahipati, in his work ‘Bhaktavijaya’ has told that Jaya Dev’s village was Tinduvilwa, which was adjacent to the town of Puri. “Jagannath kshetra samipa jana/Tinduvilwa grama namavidhana”. This is what he has said. In ‘Sri Sri Bhaktamala’ authored by Vishnav poet Krishna Das of Bengal in Bengali language, it is unambiguously told that Jaya Dev’s birthplace was near the sea at Puri.”Kenduvilwa name grama sagar haite/Sriman Jaya Dev dwija haila bidite” is his version.

So, there is no historical reason to take Kenduli village that lies near Bhubaneswar as Sri Jaya Deva’s birthplace. His birthplace must be somewhere near the town of Puri. Where then should it be?

There is a Temple of Bilweshwar, which is not only adjacent to Puri, but also is within the Shankhakshetra zone of the sacred city. The place is on the seashore. The village where Sri Jaya Dev was born should have been there. Agents of aggressive Brahminism like the Pashupata Shaivas who were killing Buddhist monks and their followers in order to extinguish Buddhism from Orissa, and taking gold coins from Orissa Monarch as reward for that, might have destroyed the birthplace of Sri Jaya Dev, who, in his love-lyrics, had contributed the most popular supportive literature to the Kamavajrayan school of Buddhism.

There is a Lingaraj-Temple inscription that informs us that Sadhupradhan Jaya Dev of Kurmapatakapur had visited Bhubaneswar as a guide of Kommi Nayaka (Inscriptions of Orissa, S.N.Rajguru, Orissa Historical Research Journal, Vol.V, No.4, p.179-182). The wrong notion that Jaya Dev was a Vaishnav Saint has prompted Dr. Bhagawan Panda to suggest that this Kurmapatakapur was ‘Sri Kurmam’ of Andhra Country. As Vaishnav Guru Nimbarka belonged to Andhra, Sri Jaya Dev, being his disciple, might have stayed in Sri Kurmam for some time and from there he might have come to Bhubaneswar accompanying Kommi Nayaka, a high-ranking officer of Kalinga at that time, he speculates.(Orissan Oriental Text Series {Sanskrit}-20, Directorate of Culture, Orissa, 1985, pp.41-42).

But ‘Sri Kurmam’ is not the Kurmapataka to which Sri Jaya Dev belonged. Kurmapatakapur is the area of non-Brahmin population on the banks of Prachi spanning up to Puri via Konarka and Sri Jaya Dev, as admitted in the Lingaraj Temple inscription, belonged to this area.

The place, where the Vilweshwar Temple still stands, falls within the limits of this Kurmapatakapur. This was a great place of Kamavajrayana, the philosophy that had given birth to the Konarka Temple.

Agents of Brahminism had destroyed the Konark Temple and removed the image of Buddha Dev, which was being worshiped here as the Deity, from the spot. But people of Orissa did not allow Brahminism to succeed. The King was compelled to bring the image of Sri Buddha Dev to Puri and to consecrate a temple to him within the Srimandira complex. It was done.

Sri Buddha Dev belonged to the Surya Clan and hence was regarded as incarnation of the light giver Surya Dev. So the Konark Temple was known as the Surjya Mandir or Sun Temple and his image being placed in the Temple to be known as Surya Mandir inside the main Temple of Sri Jagannath was acceptable to the people. But the image of that great son of the soil of Orissa, again under Brahminical conspiracy, was kept hidden inside this Temple behind an image of Surya even as an iron barricade debarred the visitors to have a real glimpse of Buddha Dev who was being worshiped in the Konark Temple.

A single image of Sri Jagannath, which was brought from the Kanark Temple along with Buddha Dev’s, was kept in the ‘Surya Mandira’ for public darshan. This had satisfied the people to some extent, as Buddha himself was also Sri Jagannath.

Daily recitation of Sri Jaya Dev’s Kamavajrayani poems in the inner chamber of Srimandira before Sri Jahannatha-Buddha, and the inner campus of Srimandira being named as ‘Kurma Bedha’ in due honor to the poet’s Kurmapataka connection, must have convinced the people of Orissa at that time that notwithstanding the king siding with the Brahmins, Buddhism as practiced by the Kamavajrayan school in Kurmapatak is well settled in Srimandira.

That, Kurmapatak was a great center of Buddhism is slowly but steadily coming to light. Discovery of Buddhist antiquities from a place called Kuruma, around 8 kms to the southeast of the Konark Temple, makes the scenario clear. Kuruma stands for Kurmapatakapur and the Kurmapatak was a landmass that had spread from Konark area to Puri. The entire stretch was associated with Bouddha Tantra in which the Temple of Sri Jagannath-Buddha at Puri had its roots. Therefore, Mangala of Kakatapur in the Konark zone has so much part to play in the life of Sri Jagannath.

Sri Jaya Dev, according to the Lingaraj Temple inscription noted supra, belonged to the Kurmapataka area and his village was within the geographical limits of this Kurmapataka, be it Tinduvilwa or Vinduvilwa or Kinduvilwa.

It is to be noted that authors are confused in grasping and writing the correct name of Sri Jaya Dev’s village due to deference in pronunciation as a result of which different words like ‘Tindu’, ‘Vindu’ and ‘Kindu’ has taken shape; but none has made any mistake in respect to ‘Vilwa’. Be it ‘Tindu’, ‘Vindu’ or ‘Kindu’, Jaya Dev’s village had definitely had the suffix ‘vilwa’. Hence it may probably be the place on the seashore near Puri where still stands a temple of Vilweswhar.

To say that the village ‘Kenduli’ near Bhubaneswar was the birthplace of Sri Jaya Dev is therefore absolutely wrong.

Scholars like Pandit Kedarnath Mohapatra, Pandit Nilamani Mishra, Dr.Bhagaban Panda have erred in accepting this village as the birthplace of the poet. They have fallen in the trap laid by agents of Brahminism who, having failed to thwart Sri Jaya Dev’s lyrics from the Srimandira by using emperor Purusottam Dev, had tried to show the Sahajayani poet as a Hindu vaishnav.

Therefore it is clear that the State Government of Orissa, by patronizing the ‘Sankirtana Yatra’, which is designed to bury for ever Sri Jaya Dev’s Buddhist identity and his contribution to Bouddha Vajrayana under the carpet of time, has contributed to cultural dishonesty besides having gone against the appeal of history.

TRIBALS VIOLENTLY OBSTRUCT INTRUDERS

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar :

It is an industry that has roped in support of the State government. But to the sons of the soil of Kalinga Nagar, in the district of Jajpur, the Maharastra Seamless, a 450-crore steel plant project, is an intruder.

In a new episode of violence that is indicative of what can happen if poor people are deprived of their land and property by the State in its blind endeavor to have alliance with industry, the Additional District Magistrate of Jajpur, S. Gopalan, had to be sifted to Kalinga Hospital at Bhubaneswar, while the Inspector-in-Charge of Police of Kalinga Nagar P.S., S.C.Mohapatra had to take admission in the S.C.B.Medical College Hospital at Cuttack in critical condition caused by stone-pelting by the tribal inhabitants of the area who were deeply disturbed and frustrated by their active and aggressive support to promoters of the Plant.

The Tribals demand was to keep in abeyance the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of the Plant till they were properly compensated against the loss of their landed property as well as their traditional and hereditary living environment. Should the officers have reported this to the Government a conciliatory step could have been taken. But they refused to heed to their request and on the contrary, helped the plant promoters to proceed. This irritated the tribals who having known no other way to ward off the intruders, resorted to pelting of stones like they do in case of dangerous animals.

By the time of filing this report, as many as 20 tribals have been arrested by the Police. Illiterate and wretchedly poor forest dwellers, they are destined to fail in obstructing engulfing of their living environment by the industrial plants, as their own government is in alliance with the rich. But the spontaneity of mob violence like this incident does vehemently demand for introspection by them who run the government.

ORISSA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY REPEATS ITS WRONG

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Legislative Assembly (OLA) has repeated its wrong and therefore wrongfully given a right to its members to acquire Laptop Computers for personal use from the Exchequer of the State, sans any legal provision.

All the members of the last Assembly were supplied with these ultra-modern gadgets. Fifty-six of them could not return to the House and therefore the members who substituted them have been provided with these Laptops, one each, even though the Laws regulating provision of amenities to the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Orissa, do not provide for this.

The amenities of Orissa MLAs are governed by the Orissa Legislative Assembly Members Salary, Allowance and Pension Act, 1954 and several other Rules and Instructions. They are: (1) The OLA members Drawal of Travelling Allowance and Daily Allowances Rules, 1957, (2) Govt. Resolution on TA, DA of members of OLA going outside the State to attend conferences and meetings and on study tours,(3) Rates of TA to MLAs attending Committees and conferences appointed by Govt. for State, District and Sub-divisional purposes, (4)The OLA members Telephone Facilities Rules,1964, (5) The OLA members Salary & Allowance (Deduction of house rent and other charges) Rules, 1957, (6) Deduction of arear electric charges from the salary of the MLAs under Orissa MLAs Salary & Allowances (Deduction of house rent etc.) Rules, 1957, (7) The Orissa MLAs Medical Attendance Rules,1965, (8) The OLA Ex-Members Family Pension Rules,1979, (9) The OLA members Family Pension Rules,1988, (10) The OLA members Jeep, Motor Cycle, Scooter or Alike Vehicle Advance Rules,1986, (1)The Members of OLA (Disqualification on ground of defection) Rules,1987, (12) The leader of Opposition of OLA ( Staff and Privileges) Rules,1968, (13)The Govt. Chief Whip and Govt. Deputy Chief Whip of OLA (Staff & Privileges) Rules,1969, (14)Instructions for the management of the OLA Guest House, and (15) The OLA Library Rules,1991. Nowhere in these Rules, members have the privilege or provision to acquire an amenity of having a Laptop Computer from the exchequer of the State.

This right to acquire from the Assembly/Govt. a Laptop Computer has been wrongfully bestowed upon the MLAs by repetition of giving this amenity to a fresh batch of members. Had the defeated MLAs been asked to return the Laptop Computers, it could have been inferred that this amenity was co-terminus with their tenure as MLAs. But, neither they have been asked to return nor have they volunteered to surrender the Laptop Computers they were given. Supply of Laptops to the new representatives of their constituencies makes it abundantly clear that the State Government and / or the Assembly administration is pampering MLAs with amenities not revocable even after their membership ceases to exist.

If a proper investigation, in this case a social audit allowing accredited journalists to probe openly, is conducted, it would not be surprising if it transpires that a few Ministers and Assembly Executives, had contemplated and executed this design to grab government money through a clandestine trade in Laptop Computers. Then it may come out that, trading house names and their stamps were picked up and projected to cover up this illicit deal.

The people of the State were told that their representatives should now have direct access to development works of their constituencies through the computer. They shall network with the people and administration for better management of resources, for proper monitoring of ongoing projects and for utmost utilization of allotted funds. They should even have access to national as well as international forums through Internet to know how to develop their constituencies and to do what best could be done. But these were wordy acrobatics to hoodwink the people.

No MLA had his /her e-mail id. No MLA ever used his/her Laptop Computer in the work for which it was given. The Assembly did never insist upon creation and activation of e-mail id by the MLAs who had taken the Laptop Computers. It never monitored the utilization of these instruments for which the State exchequer had to invest so much money.

What are the MLAs doing with the Computers they have received? Ask any of them to give you any data he might have saved in his set pertaining to his constituency, he shall fail. Most of them (you can assume, all of them) admit that they do not know how to handle a computer. To most of them these are materials to decorate the parlor with. All of them are happy that their children have got computers for use as they like.

This is precisely what the ruling party heavyweight Pradeep Maharathy, who was Govt. Chief Whip when Computers were first supplied to MLAs, has openly admitted. To quote him, A problem has been solved. My son knows how to operate a computer. Game is his hobby. So the Computer is being used by him for games and for film viewing.

Even the Speaker of the House, Mr. Maheswar Mohanty admits that the computer on his table has no noteworthy use.

It is clear therefore that the purpose of providing Laptop Computers to MLAs has been defeated.

It was expected that the Assembly would see the wrong perpetrated on the State exchequer by providing the MLAs with Computers. Any MLA who knows how to use a Computer for better service of his constituency may have his own from his own pocket, as this may help him in his personal political plan. Or, in the alternative, his Party may provide him with one. But knowing that the Computers are not being used by MLAs for the purpose for which those were given, supply of further sets to new MLAs cannot be anything but repetition of the wrong.

How can this be stopped?

COMPLAINT BEFORE P.C.I. AGAINST ORISSA ASSEMBLY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

New Delhi, May 04,05
When international community is observing Press Freedom Day, Subhas Chandra Pattanayak, Representative-in-Chief of http://www.orissamatters.com, Orissas only web-journal that has been accorded Official accreditation, has filed a complaint case against the Speaker of Orissa Legislative Assembly, before the Press Council of India.

A journalist of four decades standing, Pattanayak has been covering Orissa Assembly since the early seventies as and when it meets, without ever having violated any of its rules and/or Procedures. He was last given Press gallery as well as Lobby Passes as a freelance journalist, accredited as he was in that capacity.

He surrendered his accreditation as a freelance journalist and duly got accredited as the Representative-in-Chief of http://www.orissamatters.com. He applied the Assembly Speaker to grant him permission to cover the Assembly, in this changed capacity and to issue him relevant passes accordingly. But it was turned down without any reason. He sent an appeal letter to the Speaker mentioning therein the difficulties he was to face professionally if he fails to report the proceedings of the House, specifically as that was the Budget session. This was not heeded to. There was no reply from the Assembly.

Mr. Pattanayak notified the Speaker on the infringement of Freedom of Press caused by his action in debarring him from covering the proceedings of the House and requested him to ensure that he shall not be subjected to any such debarment in future. But the speaker kept mum.

Finding himself thus disadvantaged and discriminated against, Pattanayak has brought the matter to the attention of the Press Council of India through a Complaint Petition filed here in person in the Headquarters. Office of the Council.