Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Assembly could not proceed with its normal business on November 27 as sex escapade of a Minister belonging to BJP, allegedly the Revenue Minister Man Mohan Samal, as exposed by a section of media, shocked the House and the Speaker did not allow the Minister to react orally. Give a written statement, he directed Samal, who received the direction and left the House. He was allegedly spotted while fornicating with a woman in a room of the official guesthouse of Government of Orissa at New Delhi and the matter had allegedly attracted attention of the guesthouse personnel, as it is they who had to force open the lock of the room after the information rocked its corridors.

But in the news of sex escapade, Samal is not the only occupier of media space. Two other Ministers, a male and a female, have allegedly been caught in camera in liaison during their visit to Mumbai and the adventure written on CD is well in circulation tarnishing the image of the House, alleged the frontbenchers of the Opposition. They alleged that the Blue CD has blackened the face of the Assembly and hence they demanded that the Speaker should summon the Chief Minister into the Hall, as he was not seen on his chair, to ensure that he must make a statement depicting how his government reacts to such offending scenarios.

The Speaker could not proceed with the business and repeated adjournments having failed to develop normalcy, adjourned the House till the next day.

But yesterday the House was stopped to proceed by the BJP members themselves even though they constitute the coalition government with BJD, in resounding protests against the government’s blatant failure to arrest the assailants of Hindutwa activist Laxmanananda. They had boycotted the pre-session Joint Legislative Party meeting of the previous day sending signals of their withdrawal from the coalition on the same ground. But their docile participation today surprised the Opposition that also wanted that the BJP must explain as to why it killed the first day of the session.

Speculations are ripe that to avoid the recording of possible debates over the sex escapades of BJP minister(s) the party of self-proclaimed moralists who acting as moral police enjoy vandalizing Valentine day celebrations had contrived that drama in the Orissa Assembly.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Loksabha Speaker Somanath Chatterjee has again said that in rejecting party line in the nuke deal with USA issue, he has acted in accordance with his conscience.

Everybody acts according to his or her conscience. Even a criminal acts according to dictates of his/her conscience and never finds any fault therein until censored by collective conscience of the society.

Individual conscience is questionable. Politicians know this better than any. Therefore they organize themselves into political parties based on collective wisdom of individual members of their respective classes, lest personally they may fail to act properly.

In critical conditions individuals tend to act as they like, often improperly, behind the curtain of their personal conscience. This adversely affects the common purpose.

In a political party free pursuit of personal conscience culminating in improper acts creates anarchy. Hence collective conscience whips the individual and in the floor of the Parliament or Assembly this whip is known as Party Whip, which, if dishonored, leads to termination of membership of the person concerned from the concerned House.

Speaker Somanath Chatterjee, honored as India’s best Parliamentarian after Indrajit Gupta of CPI, knows this and hence he knows that in Parliamentary party politics individual conscience is not allowed to dishonor the collective conscience of the party one belongs to.

Hence it is sad that he is harping on importance of his individual conscience vis-à-vis the collective conscience of CPM that had put him in the Speaker’s chair.

Communists had contributed their might of so many decades long organizational excellence to make him shine as the speaker of Indian Loksabha; but after becoming the speaker, he took so little a time to shun the communists.

Power. How baffling are its manners!

However, from this the communists should learn a lesion. Any alliance with class enemies leads only to loss of class commitment and weakens the struggle of the proletariat.

Communists everywhere, irrespective of the attire they ware, must appreciate that no sentinel of the working class should be allowed to act according to individual conscience to the detriment of collective conscience formulated by the collective leadership of the party they belong to.

Individual conscience militating against collective conscience is questionable conscience and is blatantly harmful to harmony amongst the peoples who dedicate themselves to the cause of the proletariat with a common commitment.

There should be no doubt over the basic truth that war against class enemies cannot be won by tolerating individual assertions against collective wisdom in an army of the working class, anywhere anytime.

So this can be safely said that the CPM has done the best thing by dismissing Chatterjee from the party, obviously holding his individual conscience as a questionable conscience.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Association of Orissa Doctors (OMSA) has withdrawn its proposed strike call this late evening though for face saving it has termed the withdrawal as postponement.

OMSA sensed that the peoples of Orissa were not to support Doctors in wrecking havoc with human lives. It was desperately seeking a way to escape public wrath even as resignation papers of seven of the Doctors, specifically of the leaders of OMSA were accepted by the administrative department and forwarded to the CM for approval. Repressive Law:The Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was invoked and District Collectors were instructed to start penal prosecution against Doctors who would be found absent from workplace on 9th.

The Association became the source of embarrassment to Government Doctors many of whom were not in favor of abandonment of duty.

OMSA office bearers used the Director of Health Services to prevail upon the CM to have a talk with them and finally, with no assurance that could be termed as new to what the health minister had given, it announced the so-called postponement after the organized meeting.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Patients all over the state are perilously alarmed, as allopathy Doctors of Government Hospitals taking advantage of Navin’s novitiate have threatened to stop attending their duties with effect from 9th November.

Chief Minister Navin Patnaik is perhaps not sure that there is necessity to learn administrative essentials. Despite so many years in power, he has failed to learn Oriya, the official language of the State. So he is unable to know from the people where his administration really fails. The entire State as well as every member of his party knows that unable of understand intricate issues, he depends on advice of his father’s former secretary Pyari Mohan Mohapatra to take decisions or pass orders. In the situation, he fails to use statesmanly foresight in use of his powers and prerogatives as a result of which, administration in various sectors has collapsed.

Health sector is under the most melancholic threat at the moment as the entire corps of allopathy doctors led by Orissa Medical services Association (OMSA) has tendered resignation to pressurize administration to stop dismissal from service of three of its members, who are found guilty of stark violation of medico-legal manuals in conducting postmortem investigations on bodies of five victims of Kalinga Nagar pogrom executed on January 2, 2006.

These three doctors had perpetrated the most heinous crime on the bodies of the massacred tribals and had chopped off the breasts of female victims and palms of male victims though Law never required that.

The motive behind this sordid act was to transmit a message to the tribal peoples that if they don’t cooperate with the TATAs and other industrialists, their future progeny would be threatened. Breasts of females symbolizing source of livelihood of the new born and hands of males symbolizing source of sustenance and protection, the message was formulated to terrify the tribal agitators who by birth and tradition rely upon symbols in every sphere of existence.

Family members of the female victims had discovered this crime at the time of cremation and cried over this ghastly mischief. But the chopped off breasts could not be located and eventually, notwithstanding reflection in media and Legislature, the families of the females whose corpses were vandalized abandoned the allegation as with cremation of the corpses the evidence of the crime had been obliterated. So, the issue of only the chopped off palms formed the crux of allegation against the doctors.

The said doctors have not revealed their motives. They are educated in medico-legal matters. So, knowingly they violated the Law. Without being excessively motivated, they could not have vandalized dead bodies like this beyond medico-legal limitations. When they have not revealed their motive, it is inferred that they had done this barbaric crime with a deliberate design to terrorize the tribal community so that TATA and other non-Oriya industrialists would sans any resistance acquire Orissa soil. On this premise, their dismissal from service seems to be the softest possible punishment.
But OMSA that has never condemned the unlawful offense perpetrated by the three doctors on dead bodies of the tribal peoples of Kalinga Nagar to please the TATA empire, has instigated the doctors of the State to obstruct legal action against the culprits by blackmailing the State through threats to stop medical services in totality.

In these pages I have earlier exposed how doctors dedicated to their hospitals and patients have been penalized with disadvantageous posting by authorities hand-in-glove with the private practitioners. OMSA has never raised its voice against such foul play.

The fake medicine factory of Kantabanji could never have run for so many years so safely had the black sheep segment amongst medical practitioners not supported it. It was sheer accident that the Kantabanji factory was unveiled in July 2007 and the owner-operator Sankarlal Agarwal was arrested. OMSA has never condemned Agrawal and has never wanted its members to find out the damage the fake medicines must have wrought on their patients under their prescriptions with emphasis on how to recover the damage. On the other hand, the then health minister Duryodhan Majhi had alleged that the Chief Minister had sat over his letter wherein he had given details of how spurious medicines were being manufactured and marketed with support from medical practitioners. The media elaborately covered Majhi’s allegation. He was divested of the portfolio; but action against fake medicine racket was never expedited. OMSA has never wanted to know as to why the CM was sleeping over Majhi’s letter detailing the fake drug operation and has never protested against the delay in administration of Law against Agarwal.

The entire State was shocked to know that Dr. Sudhir Kumar Brahma, deputy Chief medical Officer of the Capital Hospital was the kingpin in female foeticide massively perpetrated in Nayagarh. He was arrested by the Crime Branch of Orissa Police that works under the CM. A gynecology specialist of the Capital Hospital, Dr. Sanjay Roy was also located as another perpetrator of foeticide in Nayagarh and was suspended. Both of these offenders were reinstated and rewarded with prize postings. Brahma is now Orissa’s Deputy Director of health services and Roy is comfortably nestled in BMC Hospital. OMSA has never protested against governmental patronization to these marked perpetrators of crime against human lives.

Funds obtained from the World Bank on loan are looted in Orissa Health Systems Development Project (OHSDP) and the exposure is established. Doctor-in-charge of the concerned Hospital where the loot is located cannot certainly be linked to the crime; but cannot be saved from suspicion. OMSA has neither stressed on action against the Doctors, who, heading the Hospitals, have failed to pay meticulous attention to execution of the project within their jurisdiction nor has ever exposed the corruption as a collective body of Doctors.

No doubt, health care in Orissa is in utter disarray. OMSA as the body of doctors has never worked to set it right. It has never been fair to its dedicated members who have no godfather in government. The dedicated doctors perish in disadvantageous postings in remote rural belts and unhealthy agency areas whereas the black sheep segment of the corps of doctors capable of satisfying avarice of authorities glow in private practice by obtaining positions in urban and ultra-urban Hospitals. These pages carry evidences of how such doctors are posted in hospitals of their choice against any vacant post when vacancies in their respective disciplines do not exist. This is a major cause of dissatisfaction amongst the Doctors and a bitter contributor to disorder in health service. OMSA has never protested against favoritism in transfer and postings.

Its present protest against proposed punishment to the three doctors who vandalized the dead bodies of tribals at Kalinga Nagar in the guise of postmortem examination is indicator to the only truth that the office bearers of OSMA are a body of anarchists in health service sector. Navin’s novitiate suits them best.

If the scenario does not change or changes from worse to worst and OMSA succeeds in stopping health service as threatened, harassed peoples of Orissa will not do any wrong in taking individual doctors, who refuse them service in Hospitals, to task in any manner they like.

Take note.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

President-Elect Barack Obama has ushered in a new dawn to US of America. This can safely be said without waiting to watch his actions as the President because his victory has made it clear that he has inspired his countrymen to end the anarchy that had shattered their economy. Over and above affecting financial stability, Bush, whose rule he has ended, had squandered away the nation’s exchequer in intimidating peoples of other countries, who did not allow themselves to be cowed down by his design. Obama’s victory portends end of that design. Therefore, his post-election utterances can be compressed to say that a new dawn has already touched US.

But his declaration to continue partnership with India is a matter to ponder over. The India with Man Mohan Singh as Prime minister that the outgoing US President had dragged into partnership is not the India, which the peoples of India had liberated from foreign yoke. Singh has cleverly sabotaged the India of Indians and has replaced democracy with plutocracy. Peoples of India will welcome Obama to have partnership with democratic India but will sure resist if he tries to continue partnership with the plutocratic India. Like peoples of USA ended the Bush misrule, patriotic Indians shall soon terminate the Singh misrule too.

Then, and only then, if democracy revives in India, peoples of this country may value partnership with Obama’s US; because by then, the new dawn might have blossomed there into day.