Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A distinguished section of Orissa’s men of letters has raised acrimonious objection to appointment of Husain Ravi Gandhi as President of Orissa Sahitya Akademi. He is a politician, now in Navin Patnaik’s camp and by appointing him as the President, the State Government has politically polluted the Akademi, they allege.

A look into the list of last Presidents of the Akademi reveals that many politicians who had no contribution to Oriya literature had occupied this Chair. Orissa’s writers who are now very vociferous against Husain’s appointment had kept their mouth shut at that time.

Not only they had kept their mouth shut, but also they had and even now they have kept themselves engaged in competing with each other to raise unbound slogans of praise in favor of the man who first set the precedence of appointing a personal political factotum sans any literatural merit as President of Orissa Sahitya Akademi. That man was Biju Patnaik.

Biju Patnaik, whose only marked disdain, when in power, was for probity, was the first Chief Minister under whose rule political pollution of the Sahitya Akademi had begun. He had appointed his political factotum Santos Sahoo as President of the Akademi on 23 September1963 and Sahoo had continued as such till 2 September1966.

The writers who are now raising voice against Husain’s appointment should explain as to why had they remained silent over Sahoo’s appointment.

In a signed article in Sambad, Prof. Nityananda Satapathy has today alleged that Husain is less than a third grade writer.

Who is he to give gradation to a writer and where from he got this carte blanche is not known to any. But it is known to everybody that Sahoo was not a writer and Satapathy had never objected to his placement as President of the Akademi.

All the writers beginning from veterans to the sophomores who have threatened to come down to streets in protest against Husain’s appointment have contributed to this climate of sycophancy by siding with Biju Patnaik through out.

What Biju had done by appointing his political factotum Sahoo as President of the Sahitya Akademi in 1963, his son Navin has done the same thing by appointing Husain in same post in 2008.

If the Oriya writers have never condemned Biju within these forty-five years for the wrong precedence he created in1963 in appointment of Akademi President, a precedence that has been followed many a times such as Sadashiv Tripathy (Chief Minister) self appointing himself as President of Sahitya Akademi on 3 September 1966, Nandini Satapathy appointing Gangadhar Mohapatra on 20 October 1975, Biju again through Nilamoni Rautray appointing Biswabhusan Harichandan on 26 June1977 etc and etc, why should they now condemn Navin for following his father’s footprint?

These fellows who have no qualms in grabbing whatever opportunity the Akademi throws to their advantage have never wanted or worked for the correct writing even of the history of the Akademi.

Except official projection that the Akademi was established in 1957, nothing is made available to the public about how and by whom with what aims and objects it was started.

People of Orissa do not know when it had died and who had caused that death. People do not know, what happened to its original purpose, to its original Constitution.

All that is available shows that on obliteration of the original Sahitya Akademi, a stick of tricks to beat down Orissa’s authors to acquiesce into official authority was conceived and created by Harekrushna Mahtab and his cronies in 1970 and the original Sahitya Akademi was misappropriated by them and was registered as a society under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860 on 25 July1970.

I deliberately stress on misappropriation of the Akademi by Mahtab and his cronies in view of the preamble of the Constitution on which the Akademi now stands.

It says, “Whereas it is considered expedient to establish a State Organisation to work actively for the development of Oriya literature and to set high literary standards to foster and co-ordinate literary activities and to promote through them all, the cultural unity of the State, we the following persons, hereby resolve to establish and operate the “Orissa Sahitya Akademi”.

Nowhere it is indicated that the Orissa Sahitya Akademi, established in 1957 was getting registered as a Society by the new office-bearers comprising Mahtab etc; but the preamble noted above has clearly declared that Mahtab and his companions took steps for “establishment” of the Akademi in 1970.

Therefore I stress that the original Orissa Sahitya Akademi was misappropriated by Mahtab and his group in 1970.

This group had formulated and registered the Constitution of the present Akademi that stipulates under Article 3 that there shall be only four Officers of the Akademi and they shall be the President. The Vice-President, the Treasurer and the Secretary. Artcles 4 to 7 of this Constitution stipulate that the State Government shall appoint all these four Officers. But nowhere there is any mention of any necessity of any of the officers being men or women of letters. So the State Government can appoint any idiot to any of the four offices of the Akademi if it so likes.

So, the question now is: who are the writers of Orissa to object to appointment of anybody to any post of the Akademi – President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary – if they have no objection to the above provisions?

I have mentioned above how Biju had appointed his political factotum Santos Sahoo as President of Orissa Sahitya Akademi in 1963 and how Sadashiv Tripathy being the Chief Minister had self-appointed himself as its President in 1966.

If therefore, after R.N.Singhdeo headed a coalition government with Mahtab’s Jana Congress, it was thought prudent to kill that politically polluted Akademi and to give birth to a totally new Akademi with a new Constitution and to register the same under the Registration of Societies Act in order to add legality to the set-up as well as to the said Constitution, it should have developed as a democratic body of writers with elimination of every scope of any of its positions going to politicians or non-writers in future.

But that never happened.

Mahtab and his cronies willfully killed the purpose behind reincarnation of the Sahitya Akademi.

Ramakanta Rath was then the Secretary of Education & Cultural Affairs Department under Government of Orissa. He along with Sri B.C. Nayak constituted the Governing Body under presidentship of Mahtab. The other members, who constituted the General Body, were H.N.Das Mahapatra, the then Director of Cultural Affairs, Dr. S.C.Dash, the then Head of Department of Political science of Utkal University, Prof. G.B.Dhal, the then HoD of Oriya in Ravenshaw College and Sri B.N.Kar, the then Editor of Matrubhumi.

None of these fellows was elected by writers of Orissa to form the General Body of the new incarnation of Orissa Sahitya Akademi. This body was clamped on the peoples of Orissa. All of them were handpicked by Mahtab who was considered the Super Chief Minister of Orissa as R.N. Singhdeo was dependant on him for survival in Chief Minister’s chair. He picked up his cronies and formed the General Body and framed the Constitution and made it registered.

He was naturally shown as the President of the Akademi.

But how was he shown?

Not as a writer or organizer of literary events. He was shown as a “Political and Social Worker” by occupation.

So the new incarnation of the Akademi commenced its activities with a President who was so appointed not as a writer or man of letters, but as a “Political and Social Worker”.

Did the writers of Orissa object to that at that time? No.

Why didn’t they object to appointment of a man as President of the Sahitya Akademi in the capacity of a “Political and Social Worker” instead of as a Writer or a man of Letters?

It was simply because the writers were eager to please Mahtab with an eye on Bishuva Award that his Prajatantra Prachar Samity was granting. They were also eager to please Mahtab in order to earn favored treatment to their respective writings in Jhankar, the literary journal Mahtab was publishing.

What moral or legal rights then these writers have to object to Husain’s appointment?

It is worth mention that since the day the present Orissa Sahitya Akademi came into existence, instead of acting as conscience keepers of the state, most of Orissa’s writers have preferred to act like sycophants of persons in office. That is helping them in obtaining awards and in clearing obstacles from the path of their works entering into the arena of Book business named after Raja Ram Mohan Roy.

Due to this spiritual deterioration of Orissa authors, they have tolerated consecration of Giridhari Gamang, Hemananda Biswal and Navin Ptanaik in the President chair of Orissa Sahitya Akademi.

Either fear for persons in power or greed for awards has made contemporary writers of Orissa so spineless that they are not daring to call a spade a spade and taking advantage of this, agents of caste apartheid in Orissa are misusing official machineries to keep the historical poet Jaya Dev buried under legends so that his socio-political creed sic passim in his famous female centric love songs that had led Orissa to cast aside caste-culture and strengthen Buddhist tenets in the citadel of Sri Jagannatha remain obstructed forever from the present generation. Writers have a right to bring the right thing to public knowledge. But Orissa’s writers have remained too docile to go against persons who never want the peoples to know the right thing.

When this has been the trend so far, why all on a sudden they have raised a raucous voice against appointment of Husain as President of the Akademi? Particularly when this year is the last year of Navin Patnaik in power this leg?

I smell politics.

Navin’s misrule has so brutally dragged down Orissa to despondency that authors being sensitive people are no more able to tolerate. Their subconscious wrath was in search for a point of ventilation that the Akademi appointments have provided. Now one may look at it as a development that portends end of Navin misrule.

Politics has also its poisonous fang concealed under the writers’ emerging stir in Orissa. Prof. Satapathy, in the article hinted to above, has sharpened his attack on the ground that appointment of Husain is an act of appeasement to minority community. It is a shame that an author and a former Professor is looking into the matter in a communal color.

So, are the anti-Muslim communalists eager to take advantage of the disadvantage caused to Orissa Sahitya Akademi by its total bureaucratization?

In the circumstances, this is not surprising.



Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Madras High Court on May 29 has rejected a petition of a Vaisnav orgnisation styled as International Sri Vaishnava Dharma Samrakshanna Society (SVDSS) that sought for a direction to film certification authorities to change the title of the Kamal Hassan starrer ‘Dasavatharam’ and delete some scenes that depict the tussle between the followers of Vishnu and Shiva.

The High Court has dismissed the petition on the ground that the petitioner has not watched the film and hence the allegation was based on hearsay.

There is no doubt that it is a just and proper judgment. But I think it would have been better if the communalist attempt to strangle creativity could have been judicially trammeled.

History of India is history of conflicts amongst religious communities and also of how religious communities, as and when in power, have tampered with history. So history of India has a history of suppression of facts that the scholars describe as gaps. These gaps need removal by reconstruction of the concerned time, which is possible only through reinterpretation of events, episodes and characters the texts of history books depict.

The creative peoples are the ones who can do it. And, they ere the ones who have been trying to do it.

Communalists must not be allowed to obstruct them by any means under any guise.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Police has started prosecution against Pradip, who alleged attempted to murder Class IV employee Ramesh Sethi in the residence of IAS officers Ardhendu and Madhur Sarangi on May 21. He has been remanded to judicial custody, as Police did not prefer any further investigation.

After committing the crime, Pradip had allegedly gone underground. Police obtained information on his whereabouts from his family and arrested him from Chennai where he was staying with one of his friends. He did not try to escape and readily came with Bhubaneswar Police and divulged why and how he assaulted Sethi.

Though the episode looks like a stage-managed drama, the Police have the liberty to close the chapter in respect to him because Pradip having declared to have perpetrated the crime, the Police, given its wont, cannot be expected to stretch the issue any further.

To keep the society safe from scoundrels, the Police in this case should do better by trying to find out if Pradip is acting or not as a cover. And, to assure us that he is not acting as a cover, Police should place before the public the details of his disposition and behavioral antecedents including instances, if any, of his brutality flared up in so sudden fury as we are being made to see in this instant case.

When for money, man is parting with his ancestral land; when for money, mother is parting with her beloved baby; when for money, a Prime Minister parts with probity; when for money, an IAS officer acts as a loyal dog of private industry, an IPS officer acts as a criminals’ conduit, a Commander carries out espionage for the enemy; when for money, a husband betrays his wife, a woman takes extra-conjugal sperm to become a surrogate mother, nobody can say for sure that Pradip is not parting with his innocence to become a cover.

To eliminate any such possible emergence of doubt the Police should come out with the details of criminal antecedents or blind-in-rage activities of Pradip. Whether or not they think it prudent would be known later.

But what the Police must immediately do is to honor the spirit of Section 39 of the Code of Criminal Procedure as discussed in these pages earlier and act against the IAS officer who has, sans any justifiable personal excuse, not informed the nearest Magistrate or the Police Officer of the commission of crime against life of Sethi in the privacy of his residence but on the other hand, has tampered with the cuprous delicti by removing the victim from the spot of crime.

Action against Ardhendu is a necessity on the further ground that as an IAS officer he cowed down the on-duty Medical Officers of the casualty wing of the Capital Hospital not to inform the Police of anything about Sethi. The casualty M.O. had admitted Sethi to medical care by registering him for treatment vide Outdoor Registration No. 9715 dated 21 May 2008. The Casualty Outdoor Register shows that Sethi was brought to the Hospital by Ardhendu Sarangi, IAS at 9.08 A.M. Sethi was drenched in blood, with grievous injury in the scalp and was profusely vomiting. It was urgent for admission in the indoor and simultaneously it was urgent to inform the Police. The Police has its outpost in the Capital Hospital adjoining the casualty outdoor. As the on-duty Doctor was making a requisition for the Police, Sarangi intervened and insisted that the Doctor should desist from calling the Police. He then asked the on-duty Doctors to desist from admitting Sethi for the indoor and further compelled them to desist from showing the seriousness of the injury on records. Accordingly, on the outdoor register a simple scalp injury was mentioned. Then before any chance transmission to the Police outpost takes place, he whisked out Sethi from the observation table and sped away with the man who was in coma condition. As records reveal, Sethi was admitted in the SCB medical College in a coma condition caused by severe head injury.

The Doctors on duty at the Casualty outdoor of the Capital Hospital who were cowed down and restrained by Ardhendu from discharging their legitimate duty to the severely injured Sethi at the relevant time were Dr. Snehalata Nath, Dr. Bhavani Shankar Bal and Dr. Saraswati Das.

How does the Police react to this?

And, how does the Chief Minister Navin Patnaik, who always says that law will take its own course, react to this evident reluctance of the Police to activate Laws against this heinous offense against administration of Law?


The India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on Polio has recommended Mop Up vaccination for the Districts of Jajpur, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Puri and Kendrapara of Orissa for elimination of Type-1 virus, as these Districts are prone to its re- establishment. The Mop Up Round would commence on June 01, 2008.

The IEAG focus is on elimination of Type-1 polio virus this year and on preparation to eradicate Type-3 virus transmission by 2009.

The campaign has yielded wonderful results in Up and Bihar, the two most alarmingly affected States of India, where because of the intensified polio eradication effort against Type-1 virus, the dreaded disease has almost been extinguished. When there is only one case located in Bihar so far after the last round, not a single case has been reported from UP. . “India can be the first country to eliminate Type-1 polio virus by the end of 2008 if speedy and large-scale mop-up vaccination rounds are carried out in response to fresh polio cases,” say IEAG sources.

According to Dr. Shubhashish Sircar, though Orissa is prone to re establishment of the Poliovirus, “an excellent round is an absolute must to keep the virus at bay”.

The Mop Up Round in Orissa is commencing with Dr. Debashish Roy as the Regional Team Leader of the South East Region. He is scheduled to stay at Bhubaneswar from 29th to 30th May 2008. Peoples of the aforesaid Districts should come forward to cooperate with the campaign for better days of our future generations, he says.(scp)


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Election to Karnataka Assembly is indicative of what trend would take peoples’ verdict in the coming polls.

Voters of Karnataka having registered their wrath against JDS both the Congress and BJP have bagged more berths than what they had in the previous House. But nonetheless, it is a verdict against the Congress.

Congress is leading the Central Government. And the Central Government is bent upon to lead India into the trap of USA interest!

Our people are suffocated in absence of governmental protection against price rise. But imperialists have succeeded in cultivating consumerism in the country in such velocity of nymphomaniac orgasm that corresponding competition in building up black-market has left the common man clueless on how to manage his life.

Black money has become such a nasty reality that Banks are not relying upon the currency notes they themselves are issuing! Draw money from a counter in a Bank and present the same money in another counter of the same Bank for deposit, you may have to digest the ignominy of watching the currency notes presented by you being scanned for counterfeits, if any.

No body knows how and under what authority thousands of crores of brand new currency notes of higher denominations are being put everyday into the ATMs for withdrawal by the credit or debit card holders even as no money in circulation is being withdrawn. We draw used notes from the Bank counters; but we draw brand new notes from the ATMs. And, ATMs are rising in numbers every day! So, what are the amounts of currency notes that the Reserve Bank of India is creating for daily feeding to the innumerable ATMs? No body knows the amount of money that is in current circulation in the country vis-à-vis the money created so far under the monopoly of RBI. But everybody knows that for
every rise in the rates of consumer goods, the better-placed few have the money to pay.

What about the innumerable people who have no source of income to match the skyrocketing rise in the prices of consumer goods?

In attempt to find out its answer the voters of Karnataka must have stumbled upon the anti-people policy the Congress has been pursuing ever since it has adopted Dr. Man Mohan Singh, who, as the Finance Minister under Narasimha Rao had subjected India to USA hegemony by signing the GATT agreement behind back of Indian people. Following that, they must have found, assets of the nation are being handed over to foreigners even as they, specifically USA, use Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh and Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi to ensure “a bonanza” for their businessmen by nose-leading India to purchase overused and highly harmful nuclear reactors oblivious of how hazardous that would be to human health and natural environment of this country. They must have found that the pro-USA policies of Congress under Singh and Sonia are injurious not only to present day India, but also to the health of future generations of this land.

They must have found that due to Singh’s policy of free economy, natural resources of the country are grabbed by a handful of economic offenders who have now emerged as industrialists.

They must have found that unless the country is extricated from the agents of USA lobby, the people barring the mafia, the economic offenders turned industrialists, would further perish.

Therefore they have refused power to Congress in Karnataka.

This does not mean that they have given BJP the mandate to run a government. The result the BJP has bagged is the result of Hobson’s choice.

People have preferred the lesser evil to the greater evil.

We have predicted earlier, with Singh as Prime Minister Congress can never win a general election. And, our prediction has come true again in Karnataka.

But it certainly is the worst misfortune for the country that when the people dismiss the Congress, they find no alternative than the BJP.

I find a simile in Ramayana.

Ravana, famous for having ten heads of different shape and appearance that he was keeping concealed for use according to his convenience and necessity, either one after another or together, was keen to bag boons from Brahma to conquer invincible power. In order to convince Him that like good persons he was also capable of making any sacrifice, he cut off his discernible head at the alter of the sacrificial fire and offered the same to propitiate the Lord. The Lord Brahma was not moved as to him that head was not looking noble. He then brought out the next concealed head and showing Brahma that he was also sacrificing that ugly head, chopped that off and threw the same into the sacrificial fire. He went on changing heads and jettisoning the same till a head finally looked like blissful to the Lord. Brahma elected that head for the boons. And, we know, how misled was he.

One who does not believe in a phenomenon of ten heads on a single neck can take the word “head” as mask.

The modern Ravanas who exploit the people of our country have many such masks to hoodwink the voters.

One such mask is BJP. When in power, it had precipitated privatization and taken all steps to denude the Indian Society of its collective properties. It had played every tricks against our people that the Congress has been playing under Sonia-Singh combine only except lobbying for USA as nakedly as the Congress has been doing.

This role of lobbyists of USA has metamorphosed Congress into a more dangerous genre than the BJP.

So by preferring the BJP to Congress, voters of Karnataka have preferred the lesser evil to the greater evil in reality.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Code of Criminal Procedure is the one instrument that the Law enforcement authorities cannot discard or disobey. It gives the authority required by the authorities to act against criminals.

At Section 39 (1), it makes mandatory for every citizen to inform the “nearest Magistrate or Police Officer” of occurrence of certain offenses. Let us see what it says.

It says, “Every person, aware of the commission of, or of the intention of any other person to commit, any offence punishable under any of the following sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (as categorized under Clauses from i to xii) shall, in the absence of any personal excuse, the burden of proving which excuse shall lie upon the person so aware, forthwith give information to the nearest Magistrate or Police Officer of such commission or intention”.

Before going to the relevant Clause, it would be better to appreciate the emphasis given on this section. The word shall here is absolutely mandatory. It makes it compulsory for every individual to forthwith give information to the nearest Magistrate or Police Officer the moment he or she is aware of commission of a crime or any other person’s intention to commit a crime.

The crime comprising the mischief of this section is of various types indicated in the clauses from i to xii like offenses against the State coming under Clause (i); offenses against public tranquility as shown under Clause (ii) etc. The offenses affecting life are covered under Clause (v).

An offense affecting the life of Class IV public servant Ramesh Sethi has been committed under the residential privacy of IAS Officer Ardhendu Sarangi. Either Ardhendu himself or any of his family members who share residential privacy with him has committed the crime. This is so suspected, because he has not informed the authorities of any other person even though the crime is committed within the secured privacy of his residence.

It is he who took Sethi under coma from his residence to the Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar and from there to the S.C.B. Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

Had he no ulterior motive, he should have kept the records straight and facilitated operation of criminal justice system by informing forthwith the nearest Magistrate or the nearest Police Officer.

There is no Magistrate so far on records to have pressed the police to action in this case on Sarangi’s information. This means, Sarangi, though aware of the crime commissioned, has not forthwith informed the nearest Magistrate. On the other hand, the nearest police officer i.e. officer-in-charge of Capital Police Station is on records to have said that the only information received by police in the matter is from a man who does not reside in the residence of Sarangis.

Now when Police knows that Ardhendu was aware of the commission of the crime from the moment it occurred, specifically as it was he who took the victim in coma condition to the Hospital(s), why have they not initiated penal actions against him for having willfully concealed the fact from the lawful authorities?

Taking plea of personal excuse is also not permissible to Ardhendu.

The law is very clear and specific. It has stipulated that “the burden of proving” the justification of the “excuse” that prevented from forthwith informing the nearest Magistrate or the nearest Police Officer, “shall lie upon the person so aware”. When the word “shall” is mandatory, unavoidability of the “excuse” must have to be “proved” by the person concerned to escape punishment for having not informed the nearest Magistrate / Police officer “forthwith”.

And, where the justification of the “excuse” may be “proved”? Only in a court of Law competent under the Evidence Act.

So until the justification of an “excuse” is “proved” in a competent Court of Law, Police must continue to prosecute the person who despite being aware of commission of a crime has not informed the nearest Magistrate / Police officer.

In view of this legal stipulation, the Police is duty bound to prosecute Ardhendu Sarangi and all the members of his family individually and collectively for having stayed away from informing the nearest Magistrate or the nearest Police Officer of commissioning of the crime, in due deference to the spirit of Section 39 of the Cr.P.C.

On the other hand, the so called FIR from a persona nongrata that the Police has haphazardly entertained in this case, informs that he saw a man known as Pradip Nayak who works also in Ardhendu’s residence along with Sethi, was walking away from Ardhendu’s compound after assaulting the victim with a spade.

Now, if an iota to credence could be given to this information, Ardhendu would attract prosecution under section 201 of IPC as his action, in such circumstances would tantamount to “causing disappearance of evidence of offense” specifically as the body of class IV employees has stoutly denied working of any such man of their rank in Sarangi residence and further as that man has disappeared.

On another thread of Law, if Pradip was really a man, legally or extra-legally pressed on domestic duty by the Sarangis in their official residence, and he has perpetrated the murderous assault on Sethi, then giving credence to the aforesaid informant, Sarangi and his family individually and collectively attract prosecution under section 119 and section 120 of IPC.

Nobody commits a crime thus grave without any criminal intent.

If Pradip has committed the crime, according to the so-called eyewitness informant, he did it without exchanging any word with the victim and walked away from the compound without any obstruction. That means he had a concealed design to murder Sethi. By not informing the nearest Magistrate or the nearest Police Officer of commencement of the crime, Ardhendu has concealed the culprit, which by extension means, he has facilitated execution of concealed design of Pradip to murder Sethi. Therefore he is prosecutable under section 120 of IPC that says if the offense is committed, the facilitator “shall be punished with imprisonment of the description provided for the offense and with such fine as is provided for”.

The IPC under section 119 has provided specific punishment for “whosoever being a public servant intending to facilitate knowing it to be likely that he will thereby facilitate the commission of an offense which it is his duty bas such public servant to prevent, voluntarily conceals by any act or illegal omission, the existence of a design to commit such offense ………..shall, if the offense be committed, be punished with imprisonment of any description provided for the offense for a term which may extend to one-half of the longest term of such imprisonment, or with such fine as is provided for that offense, or with both”.

Instead of playing hoodwinking tricks, Chief Minister Navin Patnaik should ask the Police to Act according to Acts in force, a few threads of which are discussed above.

And, instead of showing us stars on the day sky, Police should assure us that it understands the spirit of the Code of Criminal Procedure and has the aptitude to act according to the Code even if thereby it is to act against powerful IAS officers.

Hoodlumism of IAS officers has shown its ugly face many a times in Orissa even to the extent of posing open affront to authority of the Assembly. This time the aggrieved persons are neither the MLAs nor self-centric persons who benefit by hobnobbing with those people in power. This time it is a very poor man who having served the State as an employee in the lowest cadre for more than 15 years has not been regularized in service but on the other hand, pressed to do duties in the residence of couple in IAS has been used in menial works and lastly been brutally assaulted to the extent of hospitalization under coma that necessitated a brain-repair through neurosurgery without his knowledge and without knowing what dreaded damage that would throw him into. In a remarkable solidarity show, the Class IV employees of the State at Bhubaneswar have warned the Chief Minister that they will not tolerate any attempt to hush up the offense.

Therefore it is better for the Chief Minister to ensure that the Police under his control acts according to the Code of Criminal Procedure and refrain from killing the spirit of Section 39 thereof by prosecuting Sarangi under the sections discussed supra if not under 307 of IPC.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

People of Orissa are always committed to creativity. They had collectively contributed to creation of Konarka for long twelve years and look at any temple on this splendid soil; you shall find how collectively the people of Orissa have stood with creativity.

Collection of Rs. 16.18 lakhs in the first episode of a chain of events that the entertainment artists of Orissa have coined to raise funds towards defraying the cost of treatment of Actor-Director Hara Pattanaik, under medical care for blood cancer reaffirms this particular character of Orissa.

People (mostly) of Cuttack city have used the event organized in the Indoor Stadium at Barabati Fort complex at the evening of May 25 to put their cash contributions to the noble fund.

Even the State Unit of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) now having it exhibition on life style at Bhubaneswar has responded to an appeal by actress Anu Chaudhury and actor Anubhav with instant collection of cash contribution of Rs.0. 41lakh and extended its support to collection of further contributions in the noble cause for which the exhibition organizers have earmarked a stall in Hanger-1 where participants as well as visitors can materialize their solidarity with the creative actor by depositing their cash contributions for his treatment.

Every Oriya that comes to our attention looks like emotionally one with Pattnaik in his heroic fight against the dreaded disease.


Murderous assault on low-paid employee Ramesh Sethi in the residential compound of Sarangi couple occupying senior echelons in IAS has irritated government employees in the lowest category of Class IV to the extent of warning the Chief Minister that they will never tolerate if any attempt to hush up the crime is encouraged.

They suspect hushing up attempts on two grounds: (1) even though the murderous assault was perpetrated behind his residential privacy and Sri Ardhendu Sarangi had taken Sethi in unconscious condition to the Capital Hospital, neither he nor his wife Madhur has informed the Police of this and (2) a persona nongrata has submitted information at a very belated stage before the police projecting another nonentity as the possible assaulter.

Attempts to have investigation into the matter through the Chief Secretary of IAS fraternity notwithstanding no fitment of him in the criminal justice system is another factor of suspicion that an attempt to hush up the crime by overawing police investigators is on the anvil.(SCP)


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If the Chief Secretary (CS) investigates and issues a clean chit to IAS officer Ardhendu Mohan Sarangi and his wife Madhur also of IAS, in the matter of murderous assault on a low-paid employee in their residence, can the Police dare to find them guilty?

The poor employee Ramesh Sethi engaged in gardening by the Sarangis was brutally assaulted in their secured compound that has rendered him senseless since morning of May 21. With a surgery on brain he has been laying in critical condition in the Neurosurgery Department of S. C. B. Medical College, where Sarangi had remained present in the daytime today.

Sarangi’s presence in the Hospital watching progress of the operation makes it clear that he is well aware of the crime perpetrated. But he has not informed the Police about it. Why? Police is to find out the answer. Many such questions are there that the Sarangis are the persons to answer. But will the Police elicit the answers or the Chief Secretary?

When Sarangis have stayed away from informing the Police on the crime committed in the secured privacy of their residence, a self-proclaimed priest of theirs has preferred a belated FIR that informs Police of assault on Sethi with a spade following which the spade has been recovered from Sarangi’s compound.

So it is a homicidal offence calling for sessions trial.

In the matter of offenses of this nature, Law has given Police the right to investigate. But Law has never given any investigative role to the Chief Secretary.

It is intriguing therefore that the Chief Minister has preferred the CS to investigate into this tricky case of crime.

Is it the beginning of hushing up business?


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Sun was to march for fifteen more minutes to reach the zenith on May 21, 2008. Orissa’s dashing daughter Kalpana set her brave feet on the top of Everest and bestowed upon it the grace of Triranga at 11.45 A.M.

The Himalayas bowed majestically to the young epitome of Himalayan determination who was dauntlessly standing at a height of 8848 meters.

Kalpana, born to Dhenkanal’s Shailabala and Gunanidhi Das is a lawyer by profession but a mountaineer by mission.

When her second attempt to reach the top of the world was to be terminated at a height of 8000 meters on May 29, 2006 because of invincible blizzards, she had generated in every Oriya heart a very unique feeling of oneness with her and also confidence that she will sure reach the summit one day.

That day came yesterday.