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)