Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Two days ago in the evening I had been to Prabha Apartments in Unit IV, Bhubaneswar to meet my friend. Rajesh, my assistant, was with me.

My friend lives in the fourth floor. There is a GEC brand elevator there that I used. But while returning, it did not stop at the ground floor and to my bewilderment, it moved non-stop and in abnormal speed between the fourth and ground floors for several times and then all on a sudden it halted at the first floor.

I told my friend of the erratic behavior of the lift. He narrated how once the lift had taken him in alarming speed to the roof top where narrowly he had escaped the danger.

Some of the residents also told me of their own experience of the horror.

In 1994-95, builder Ganashyam Satapathy had sold the apartment house that the occupiers had purchased in believing his words that the building is equipped with a perfect lift. Satpathy stays in Sahidnagar and whosoever responded to my call claimed that the responsibility of the builder has ended with selling of the apartments. Maintenance of the elevator rests with the association of the apartment owners, he said.

On query I find, there is no registered association of apartment owners under the roof of the Prabha apartments. Some of the apartment owners have let out their units on rent to outsiders who use the common facilities without any information given to and approval taken of the rest of the genuine owners. Naturally, the residents on rent have no concern for the common facilities. On the other hand, letting out of certain units poses a potential threat to the safety and security of the apartments. Apartment owners of Prabha Apartment are the registered owners of their respective units and therefore they are authentic. But any person on rent is not authentic under the Orissa Apartment Ownership Act, hereinafter called the Act to which all the apartment houses are subjected.

If accommodating unregistered persons is allowed, any terrorist may occupy an apartment and endanger the safety of the structure and security of the rest of the residents over and above getting the environment to cause catastrophe in the surrounding area or township. Therefore letting out an apartment unit by its owner is prohibited under Section 9 of the Orissa Apartment Ownership Act. On the other hand, tenancy is permissible, as contemplated under Section 5 of the Act, only in case of a registered deed of lease for a period of thirty years or more. So, temporary and unauthenticated tenancy is not allowed under the law. But in Prabha Apartment this law is violated.

The Act requires that all the owners of the apartment must form a society / association and adopt its bye-laws and register the same with the “Competent Authority” (CA) notified by the Government where they have to declare their respective and collective share / interest in the common property and facilities along with details of the plan of apartment building including that of their own units and the site plan. This is enforceable.

The CA is empowered to enforce the Act and to take suo motu action to cause registration of declaration under section 14 of the Act. Rule 7 of Orissa Apartment Ownership Rules says, “where it comes to the notice of the CA that the sole owner or all the owners of building(s) which are required to be governed by the provisions of the Act have not executed and / or registered the declaration / interest / bye-law” he would send notice to each of them to rectify the lacunae. If they fail to comply with his instructions, penal prosecution would start.

Rigors of this law are meant to ensure that the apartments, bound as they are to have common areas and facilities, are so collectively managed that they are properly maintained and do not become a threat to human life under the common roof or to the nearby houses in the locality. If the association of owners wants, the Rule says that the CA can discharge the function of the association if moved properly.

The Act as well as the Rules were framed and enforced in 1992.

But till now the Government that Navin Patnaik runs has not notified any CA. As a result, not only the residents of Prabha Apartment, but also the owners of Apartments everywhere in Orissa are face to face with unpredictable danger due to absence of codified instruments of maintenance of common areas and facilities.

Corporate Culture Cripples Media Credibility, Says Prasanta Patnaik

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Eminent Journalist Prasanta Patnaik participating in ETv’s popular program, Sidha Katha (Straight Conversation) telecasted last night and repeated today noon, told interviewer Deba Prasad Das that corporate culture has taken the toll of media credibility as the thirst for advertisements has been forcing major mass media organizations to vet straight reports to the detriment of journalistic ethics.

Patnaik, who had relinquished the post of lecturer in English on the very day of his joining P.N.College (now autonomous) at Khurda to join Amrit Bazar Patrika, said, he had joined Journalism as that was a mission to him. Evolution of corporate economy has corrupted that mission to a profession where money is more propelling than cause of the society.

Responding to Das suggestion on Jaundiced journalism, he said, the phenomenon is more discernible at present because whosoever adopts that way of life becomes conspicuous with worldly comfort overnight. Yet, instances are rampant that notwithstanding how hard be real life, journalists are there that are addicted to ethics of journalism, principle and probity.

Recalling the devastations that the super cyclone 1999 had caused, he said, he had lost his professional detached stance while capturing the horrific pictures, which he will remember for ever as the worst of event covered so far when the occasion of giving a lift to Biju Patnaik in his scooter to the secretariat would continue as a pleasant memory. Biju had tried to show himself as a Chief Minister full of concern for the people and to show his oneness with them, he had, on his second innings, tried to come to the secretariat by riding over a bicycle. After a few pedals he fumbled and as Prasanta, by then the most active photo journalist in Bhubaneswar, was following him in his scooter, he asked him to take the lift. Prasanta said, he yet enjoys the event while dwelling in the memory lane.

Das wanted him to say of his stories. “I depict deeply known persons as I have studied them in my stories; but to my satisfaction, none of them has so far shown any disapproval of the way I have focused on them as my characters”, he said.

He was asked to say as to who of Orissa’s chief ministers he admires most. “Nandini Satpathy”, he said, throwing lights on her ability to develop friendship and her sincerity in friendship and humanitarianism which in her heart she was wedded to.

Asked to compare the present day with the time he had embraced journalism, Prasanta rued over the decadence in democratic norms and said, Orissa has become a land of oppression on media persons. As the Government is blatantly nonchalant, mafia has unleashed repression on newsmen many a times in last couple of years and the climate is so inclement that journalists are feeling most insecure in trying to stay committed to their ethics.

Athgarh Offers an Opportunity to Save Democracy from Bureaucratic Outrage

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Whether nullification of an election when valid voters have exercised their franchise for valid candidates notwithstanding the list of the said candidates being improper, is a point of law that fortunately is going to be answered by the Supreme Court of India in Athgarh context.

But there should be no doubt that Athgarh has offered an opportunity to save democracy from bureaucratic outrage.

Orissa High Court has determined that rejection of nomination papers of Sri Ranendra Pratap Swain by the Returning Officer, Athgarh was illegal. The Election Commission had directed that all political parties, “whether recognized or registered-unrecognized, must send their intimations in regard to the candidates set up by them to the Returning Officers, not later than 3.00 p.m. on the last date for making nominations” (Para 28 of the handbook for Returning Officers).

The RO was required to prepare a consolidated list of nominated candidates “immediately after 3.00 p.m. on the last date for making nominations” wherein in column 5, 6 and 7 he was to mention the name and status of the political party that set up the candidate. (Para 29.1 Ibid)

The Athgarh RO had complied with all these instructions affirming therein that Swain was the candidate of BJD and accordingly had notified the consolidated list.

But the scenario had changed at the time of scrutiny. His nomination was rejected by the RO on the ground that the party intimation in regard to the candidate as received by him was not genuine. The High Court has rejected this plea and declared the election null and void.

The EC had instructed the RO that he should discharge his duty “with complete judicial detachment and in accordance with the highest judicial standards”; but the RO seems to have acted a bureaucrat under orders from above. Otherwise he could not have dared to change the party ticket that was under his custody after, as per his acknowledgment, he had received from BJD within the stipulated time.

So, this is a clear case of outrage of democracy in the hands of a bureaucrat, who because of being the Sub-Collector at Athgarh, had become the RO.

Swain was in hit list

There is reason to suspect that the RO had succumbed to high political pressure to reject Swain’s nomination howsoever arbitrary be that decision.

Swain as a member of the BJD legislative wing had embarrassed Navin Patnaik many a times by staying a strict adherent to his pro-people principles.

It is he, and only he amongst BJD MLAs, who had vehemently opposed the official proposal to give Anil Agrawal 10,000 Acres of land for Vedant University at Puri.

He was the man who had on records supported the Niyamagiri campaign and demanded that the mines monger be not allowed to tamper with living environment and natural faith epitome of the tribes.

Kalandi Behera as Excise Minister had introduced Orissa Excise Bill, 2005. It had provision for new IMFL-On-Shops / Beer Parlors “according to need”(Cl. VIII-b), new IMFL – 0ff-Shops (Cl.XVI) and new Beer Parlors (CL.VII-h) “wherever conditions so demands” even if that location stands adjacent to a school. I had exposed how dangerous it was even to our future generation in these pages on August 28, 2005 under the caption “Orissa is in the worst phase of her life”.

Behera had to quit as his nexus with wine underworld was exposed. Debi Prasad Mishra succeeded him and the Bill was revived. Famous Gandhian Smt. Sarala Devi campaigned against the Bill and it is Ranendra Pratap Swain who circulated her emotionally charged letter amongst all the members of the House inside the Hall and succeeded in stopping the instant passage of the Bill. It was then sent to a select committee formed with Swain as a member. It was everybody’s impressions that the government was determined to get the Bill get the select committee approval. But Swain, despite being a ruling party frontbencher, stoutly opposed the intent of the Bill and the select committee had to pass it with single note of descent that Swain had expressed. It is Swain again who to the chagrin of the CM had supported the protest of Sambalpur region farmers and general public against allocation of water from Hirakud reservoir to big industries. In the Assembly, every now and then, Swain was seen as the pro-people voice against administration as and when executive steps seemed anti-people. Hence, he was disadvantageous to BJD top brass.

In other words, he was in the BJD autocrat’s hit list.

He was not supposed to get the party ticket as Navin is known to have never tolerated any individual in the party who bears the courage to discourage misrule. But the party had decided to give tickets to all of the sitting MLAs and in the critical juncture when it had to face the effect of dismantling of the coalition with BJP, it was not possible to violate the party decision and to deny Swain the ticket. So he was given the ticket. Then, the RO, who was a mere sub-collector, supposedly subservient to every orders of the CM, was used to keep Swain out of fray at any cost and Ramesh being a free factotum, was picked up secretly and planted as an independent candidate behind back of the party and in due course, adopted.

Most probably, therefore, the Athgarh RO acted as a bureaucrat eager to please the top boss and whosoever, notwithstanding being powerful, was affected by Swain’s siding with the people.

The High Court verdict that the RO was wrong in rejecting Swain’s nomination is distinctly outstanding and perfect. But the RO who strangulated democracy by illegally rejecting the nomination of Swain is yet to be punished for his mischief against democracy. His order was not at all a case of error in judgment. It was deliberate and planned inasmuch as the original party ticket in favor of Swain was in custody of the RO and could not have been changed to a duplicate without the RO having a role in it.

Ready remedy needed

The Athgarh experience strongly suggests that there must be a ready remedy available to the aspirant candidates wronged by the RO.

If strong steps are not taken against bureaucratic bungling of Athgarh type, time may come when a prime ministerial candidate may stay out of fray if a RO is gained over by an enemy agent and rejects his nomination on the same ground on which Swain has been disallowed to contest. So there should be specific provisions for keeping the election in abeyance till the EC interferes and delivers a speaking ruling on legality of the RO’s order in instances similar to that of Swain. If the Athgarh case attracts attention of the Apex Court to this extent, it may be hoped that a case law can emerge to address to this need.

Taking into account of the High Court order that rejection of Swain’s nomination by the RO was not proper, it is sure that the list of candidates notified by the RO at Athgarh, was improper.

As the case rests with the Supreme Court, we have nothing to say in the matter of nullification of the election, except expressing our feelings that with an improper list of candidates the election was not proper.

Therefore, we feel, the Athgarh dispute before the Supreme Court is not a mere election dispute, but is a rare development in the context of which the Apex Court may be pleased to please cogitate if democracy may, by any way, be saved from being outraged by bureaucracy.

Orissa Assembly in Anarchy:Governor Should Rise From Slumber

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Orissa Governor should be ashamed of how the Assembly he constitutionally heads and summons has been running in blatant disregard to dignity of democracy when the recognized Opposition that has, on reasons convincingly justified by it, stayed away from the Hall for the ninth consecutive legislative day.

It is a matter of grave concern that demands for grants are being adopted without being tested on the matrix of Opposition by the Bidhan Sabha that the recognized Opposition has alleged to have been transformed into a BJD Sabha.


According to the Article 203 under Clause (1) of the Constitution of India, “Estimates as relates to expenditure charged upon the Consolidated Fund of the State shall not be submitted to the vote of the Legislative Assembly”; but Clause (2) thereof stipulates that other expenditures in the form of demands for grant shall have to be.

And under clause (3) “No demand for grant shall be made except on the recommendation of the Governor”.

This makes it unambiguously clear that the Governor must ensure that the Assembly he summons must take a “vote” on the demands for grants he recommends, on which, its decision “to assent, or to refuse to assent, to any demand, or to assent to any demand subject to a reduction of the amount specified therein” shall depend.

In other words no demand for grants can be assented to by the assembly without “submitting” the same to “vote” in the Assembly.

The Assembly has two sides: the Treasury side and the Opposition side. The treasury side cannot say no to the demands for grants. Hence, voting in this regard means expression of approval or disapproval or amendment by the Opposition.

Therefore the Assembly has no right to give assent to any demand for grants in declared absence by the Opposition.

The “vote” so far said to have been taken in matters of the demands for grant is nothing but a farce of “voting” that the Speaker has under misconception authenticated. The government is killing the spirit of democracy taking advantage of the constitutional lacuna of absence of power with the people to withdraw their representatives.

Democracy would be in total peril if the Government, as per its hints, proceeds to adopt the Appropriation Bill after demands for grants are thus illegally adopted in absence of the recognized Opposition.

Vote is a must in matters of Financial Bills. The word ‘Vote’ does not mean expression of approval by members of the treasury benches, because their side is the proposer of the Bills and besides this, all of them act under the whip of the government. Vote in matter of Financial Bills means juxtaposition of treasury bench proposals with the preference of the opposition and on that matrix, determination the strength of opinion, assent or rejection.

Without participation in vote by the opposition, no demand for grants can be said to have been voted into acceptance and no consolidated fund can be said to have legally been constituted and hence no Appropriation can legally be allowed.

The Governor must not allow himself to keep his eyes and ears closed to such illegalities on his recommendations in the Assembly he summons.

To usher in a changed climate, he should invoke his constitutional powers to address the Assembly in this critical juncture and use his executive powers to solve the issue and prevail upon the CM to spare the State of the embarrassment of running of the rampart of democracy in an obnoxiously farcical autocratic manner, which Orissa has the misfortune to witness all these days.

If he fails, he should appreciate that the time has come for him to call back the Assembly session and to set the gear back to the position of the day when the Opposition started its boycott on records and to ensure that in his name, no Government runs with ministers whom the needle of suspicion so forcefully points to after the coal scam was unveiled by no less an authority than the vigilance wing of the State.

If the CM remains adamant, the Governor must wake up from his slumber and take steps to dissolve the Assembly in order to save it from the ongoing and expanding anarchy.

Instant Bail to Kamala Das: Should Judiciary Help Proven Culprits Play the Tricks?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Dr. Kamala Das was found guilty of corruption in supply of substandard and spurious salt to socio-economically disadvantaged students reading in Anganwadi institutes in rural Orissa and on July 24, the Special Vigilance Judge Sri Santos Kumar Mohanty at Bhubaneswar punished her with rigorous imprisonment for two years, one each on two counts to run simultaneously and with fine.

She has used a section of media on July 25 to denounce the judgment.

I do not put any premium on what she has said of the case. She has declared to challenge the vigilance court judgment in the High Court. But to me, she has taken advantage of the instant bail granted to her by the judge immediately after award of the punishment to instigate the public to believe that she was a victim of political conspiracy to which the judge, by punishing her for the crime she has not committed, has contributed.

This is nothing but a proven culprit playing the tricks with the justice system. Every culprit has the right to appeal against the punishment in the appropriate courts. Such appeals can be moved by the lawyer of the jailed criminal and there are provisions for the jailor to cooperate in authentication of appeal papers. Appeals are heard on points of law and therefore, keeping the order of imprisonment in abeyance by the punishing judge with or after delivery of the judgment is not at all necessary.

Kamala Das was located and recruited by Biju Patnaik to his political gang and was made a Minister by him under him. Many of his gang were involved with crime against the State by way of their role in corruption and for any lapse in keeping Biju satisfied they were being dropped. Kamala had continued with Biju and later his son Navin had also given her a berth in his cabinet. She was dropped on July 9,2001 when the Vigilance reported that she was involved with the salt scam. Now, she has raised her fingers towards Biju Patnaik and asserted that she has been a victim of political vendetta. In greater interest of the State, she should deliver the name or names of whose political vendetta she has become a victim and elaborate as to what exactly she mean by saying that the scam was executed in Biju’s regime.

But more important than the nasty game politicians play is the question as to whether it is desirable on part of the judge to keep his judgment in abeyance in the style of granting bail to the proven culprit to facilitate his / her appeal in a higher court against the judgment?

A judicial answer to this question is dispassionately needed to save judiciary making a farce of itself.

Agents of Imperialism in India Continue Killing Gandhiji

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Imperialism is international. But nations also get engulfed by indigenous imperialism when political economy of communism doesn’t become or remain the creed of a Country.

India is an instance.

Imperialism’s only obstacle is communism.

Gandhiji did not support communism. But his ideology, prioritizing autonomous social forces and village self-rule, was uniquely opposed to imperialism. In fact he is the man who extinguished British Imperialism by igniting in India a movement to boycott foreign goods. Once their market was lost and profit fetching stopped in India, the British found it meaningless to continue in this country and hence they had to quit.

When a greater exploiter quits, the lesser exploiters try to take advantage. In the jungles, when a lion leaves, hyenas try to take over the carcass. Exploiters, though look like humans, are no better than the animals in manners, intention and instinct. So, when British profit-fetchers left, indigenous profiteers found India advantageous to their avarice.

But to them Gandhiji for his preference for autonomous social forces and an administration addressed to the poorest of the poor was the greatest obstacle.

If Gandhi was to guide the Constitution making of free India, the propertied class and profit mongers could never have got it easy to remove the obstacle that Gandhi’s priority on the poorest should have posed.

The First Two Crimes in Free India

The agents of imperialism in free India, in their first step, committed two crimes: (a) they killed Gandhiji by using Nathuram Godse and (b) they used the interim government led by Nehru to ban the Communist Party of India.

This helped them have a Constituent Assembly sans representation of the poor and working class.

So the Constituent Assembly became basically an Assembly of the propertied Class and the profit mongers. They framed a Constitution to suit their nefarious design and pushed the dreams of Indians who embraced every sort of suffering for the motherland during freedom movement to the labyrinth of unenforceable directive principles of state policy.

This reality is recorded in the Constituent Assembly Debates. Even as President Rajendra Prasad guardedly confessed in his concluding speech that the Assembly could not translate the dreams of the people into the pages of the Constitution because of overwhelming presence of the propertied class in the House, Dr. Ambedkar pinpointed the contradiction that the Republic of India would by birth carry, because of economic inequality made legal in the Constitution under pressure from the propertied classes, which were in majority in the Assembly. Admitting the Constitution making was menacingly influenced by the propertied class in absence of peoples’ real representatives, Dr. Ambedkar had warned that if the first Parliament to be elected on universal franchise provided for in the Constitution, doesn’t remove the contradiction and make India lawfully a land of economic equals, the advantaged people would so much exploit the poor that the victims of the inequality would eventually wake up to obliterate the system of administration, which this Constitution so laboriously has provide for.

But Nehru government did not help Parliament develop into a real House of people’s representatives.

It became the first to kill Gandhiji’s spirit after he was physically killed by Godse.

Gandhiji’s Spirit Killed

Gandhiji had stressed on disbanding of Indian National Congress after the independence as otherwise that platform of the freedom fighters of all hue would be misused for electoral purpose by the political group in advantage of taking over power from the British. Nehru and his band killed Gandhiji’s advice and retained the Indian national Congress as their own political party and willfully misled the people of India when elections were held.

When Ambedkar’s forecast is coming true, the government is using the country’s defense forces against the very people that are trying to save the country from the system of inequality! This is happening because agents of imperialism have usurped political power.

To push India into indigenous imperialism, its right winger politicians had killed Gandhiji; but to consolidate imperialism on its soil, they are busy in killing his ideology.

They have their guide in Hitler who had built up his empire on the strength of treachery. And to succeed in treachery against peoples he invented the technique of repeatedly telling a lie so that the same would look like the truth.

Hitlerian Tricks

Gandhian concept, as observed supra, being the greatest obstacles to their design, Hitler’s followers in India have for many years been trading blatant lies against Gandhiji and have been projecting him in the negative way so that their hero Nathuram Godse gains ground posthumously and they themselves gain strength to strip our country of all the assets she still has under social ownership.

Nathuram had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, but the Nathuramists, in soft form in the Congress and strong form in BJP, unable to obliterate Gandhian concepts, have continuously been assassinating his character in order to influence gullible Indians to stay away from following the Father of this nation.

The Congress grip over the Country having declined as a result of rampant corruption pioneered by persons like Biju Patnaik when he was in that party, the non-Congress Nathuramists got glimpses of possibility of occupying power through parliamentary activism. The general election of 1967 gave them the opportunity they were so frantically waiting for.

In that changed political climate, K.L.Gauba got it convenient to compile court papers in a book captioned ‘Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi’ that reached the public in 1969.

Gathering the hitherto unavailable court documents, the Nathuramists who belonged basically to Savarkar cult, which is the fountainhead of politics of hatred, started writing articles and books in regional languages projecting Nathuram as the patriot who had no other way than killing Gandhi to save the motherland from pro-Muslim anarchy. Despite this, they were rejected as cohorts of the killer of Gandhiji.

They changed their name many a times to hoodwink the people to believe that they were no more in Savarkar School. They killed their parent party to join Janata combine, free India’s first rudderless political farce that soon collapsed due to internecine quarrels amongst constituents to share the booty.

As the Janata jazz wagon crushed to death, they revived their own party, but could not dare to use the old name, lest their link with Savarkar eclipse.

In their new Avatar, they rather wanted people to accept them as followers of Gandhiji!

Gandhi’s Ram Became the Mask of Ravan

Gandhi was a staunch supporter of Ram. He even breathed his last with the name of Ram in his lips while succumbing to bullets of Nathuram. Gandhi has not told as to why he was so devout to Ram. Had he told, he might have pointed at two of Ram’s distinctions: one, his commitment to pledges he ever made (like standing with Sugriv and Bibhisana) and two, his respect for whosoever was not harming the society (like the tribal chief Gaha of Srungabera or the tribal lady of Pampa). Taking Gandhiji’s way of life into account, one would agree that he was highly influenced by these two specific aspects of Ram’s character and therefore had remained a follower of Ram. But, though in no way respectful to these two distinguished characters of Ram, the rightwing anarchists have adopted him as their new mask and in the name of Ram, Advani’s car traversed the whole country. In the name of Ram they heated up Ayodhya. In the name of Ram they desecrated Babri musjid. In the name of Ram they instigated the Hindus against fellow Indians. In the name of Ram they begged for votes. Gullible voters were tricked, no doubt, to accept them as Rambhaktas. But despite that they failed to get majority support. Because, to majority of Indians, they belong to the class of killers of the greatest Rambhakta, the history witnessed, the Mahatma, i.e. Gandhiji.

Bhagat Singh is Used to Denigrate Gandhiji

While thus devoid of majority support, they succeeded in cultivating coalition politics to their advantage and grabbed power with Vajpayee as the Prime Minister. Once in power, they decided to do two things, which they believed, would help them in overcoming the public wrath over assassination of Gandhiji. They projected Savarkar as a nationalist hero with help of a puppet section of print as well as electronic media and simultaneously projected a Communist martyr like Bhagat Singh as their hero by using the right-wingers in the reel-media. Almost half a dozen films on Bhagat Singh were produced in 1992 by this section of the reel-media and played all over the country. The tricksters in the reel-media knew that Bhagat Singh needed no introduction, as the whole of India knows him to be the most exemplary patriot. So they projected Bhagat Singh in the most inspiring form of a patriot tactfully omitting his links with communism while highlighting how he was opposed to Gandhiji. It is true, all the communists were far away from Gandhiji on the issue of world outlook and economic class role. He was against them so unambiguously that Gandhism was being held as an antonym of Communism. Therefore, difference between Gandhi and Bhagat Singh was ideologically conclusive. BJP wanted to use this difference to its own advantage. I rely upon an analysis captioned “Gandhi as the marketplace of ideas” in to conclude that BJP used the reel-media to suppress the communist aspect of Bhagat Singh and to present him as a martyr who was not supported by Gandhi. Thus it used the reel-media to project Gandhi as a man who was against the real revolutionaries while using the print and electronic media to project Savarkar as a real revolutionary. This tactics was contrived to place Savarkar, the mastermind behind killing of Gandhiji in the layer of Bhagat Singh, the martyr and to generate a feeling that Savarkar was not wrong in going against Gandhi. BJP was hoping to earn acceptability at par with Savarkar through this process. But it did not click. Despite mediacracy under its command, BJP failed.

Democracy of Gandhi’s Dream Changed Into Plutocracy

India is therefore being driven into a new trap of Nathuramism with emergence of USA cohorts in Indian National Congress, the party wrongfully projected as Gandhiji’s own.

Gandhiji’s economic ideas, though quite conservative, are strongly opposed to imperialism. So, to neo-imperialists, led by USA, he is, even posthumously, the greatest danger.

Every effort therefore is being made to divert mass attention from Gandhian method of self-reliance and his gram-swaraj concept is being butchered at the altar of globalization.

Narasinghrao government with Manmohan Singh as its Finance Minister made India a signatory to GATT to please USA led imperialism behind back of the Parliament and subjected India to machinations of WTO that sabotaged India’s pledge for socialism while generating an environment for foreign firms tightening their grip on Indian market.

Manmohan Singh government has sabotaged India’s NAM image by siding with American imperialism and has further pushed India into USA hegemony by signing nuke deal with it that not only portends debacles to our nuke-self-dependence, but also paves the way for import of over-used rotten reactors and nuclear waste of USA oblivious of the catastrophes they are bound to cause to countrymen; because thereby, the then Bush administration of USA was to fulfill its pledge to give a “great bonanza” to nuclear traders of that country besides lessening the menacing threat from the most hazardous old reactors and accumulated nuke wastes in the soil of the States.

This government is also eager to create a law to limit the liability in case of devastation caused by radiation from the rotten reactors it would bring from America to give a “great bonanza” to the nuke dealers of that country. Instead of being independent, India will be forced to remain dependent on USA and her imperialistic circle for ever after this.

These fellows in power have replaced democracy with plutocracy and instead of keeping administration addressed to the people, have encouraged the scamsters to rule the roost. Though placed under the chapter of Directive Principles of State Policy, Article 38 (2) of the Constitution has said that the State shall “strive to minimize the inequalities in income, and endeavor to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities, not only amongst individuals but also amongst groups of people residing in different areas or engaged in different vocations”. And, by distinguishing this directive from other ones with use of two words “in particular” to stress on “strive”, it has made it absolute that it is a must for the State to minimize and eliminate inequality in income and status, facilities and opportunities amongst the citizens. But under Manmohan Singh India has become a country of inequalities in income and status, facilities and opportunities and Indians are getting displaced from their lands and living environments so that foreigners and indigenous imperialists consolidate their empires.

In the name of the poor, programs are being drawn up and profuse funds are being allocated. But every such program has the hidden agenda of helping the rich loot the maximum portion of those funds. This apprehension is based on the facts that no audit report has ever thrown any swindler into prisons for treachery against the State. On the other hand, foreigners like Warren Anderson or Ottavio Quattrocchi despite having committed crime against India have enjoyed government support during the period from UPA president Sonia Gandhi’s evolution in politics to her establishment in political power in India.

Gandhiji had risked his life to free India from the grip of imperialism. But Manmohan Singh government has pushed India into the grip of imperialism again.

St. John Ambulance, Despite the State Governor Being Its President, Is Plagued By Corruption

The Governor of Orissa Sri Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare is President of the Orissa unit of St. John Ambulance. But he is allegedly sleeping over charges of corruption in its management despite the charges having repeatedly been brought to his notice during discussions with its life members.

A group of life members have jointly expressed shock over the Governor’s negligence to charges against the Secretary, Sri P.C.Mohanty for years as a result of which the institution has become an institute of machinations and has dwindled into a grazing ground of dishonest fellows.

“Kindly recall our discussions with your good self in a number of meetings at Rajbhawan, Bhubaneswar in which we had requested several times in last two years for replacement of the present Hony. Secretary Sri C.P.Mohanty”, the signatory life members have told Mr.Bhandare on July 3, 2010.

In this communication they have confronted the Governor with how he had assured them replace the Secretary, but how he has failed.

“We strongly feel that there is probably some influential person at Rajbhawan who is shielding Sri Mohanty” they had said.

Dr. Sujit kumar Panda, Pradipta kumar Moharana, Rajkishore Ppatnaik, Kamaksya Prasad Kar, Subash Chandra Bose, Laxman Panda and Sunil kumar Pradhan etc have signed the communication.

Orissa Is In a Climate of Crime against Press: MUFP Stresses on Arrest of the Latest Culprits at Nirakarpur

Whom to blame, if not the Government? Crime against Press is alarmingly increasing in Orissa. Penal law implementation authorities are not taking any action against involved criminals. When on July 13 a female reporter had to test how nasty could become the personnel under uniform at Bhubaneswar, a rural reporter at Nirakarpur has tested on July 23 at Nirakarpur how numb may be police in presence of the mafia.

Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) has issued a statement insisting that the Police should rise to the occasion and arrest the culprits in order to arrest the unchecked attacks on Press. It has also demanded that the State government should bear all expenditure for proper treatment of the journalists affected by attacks due to their professional roles. Here below is the statement:

MUFP is shocked to know that a local mafia gang has perpetrated a murderous assault on Samaj reporter Ramnarayan Das, in presence of the area Tahsildar and Police at Nirakarpur in the district of Khurda.

A social worker of Nirakarpur area had declared to immolate himself in front of the office of the local Revenue Inspector in protest against official inaction against destruction of the eco-system by looters of minor mines on July 23. The Tahsildar and Police officials had gone to the spot to dissuade the social worker from self-immolation.

As Sri Das was taking the version of the Tahsildar in the matter, two local mafias – one of them a former Sarpanch – warned him of dire consequences if a single line was published in his paper in the matter. Das protesting, the former Sarpanch Subas Dalasinghroy suddenly attacked him with murderous fury and soon Sri Das was rendered unconscious by the mafia gang as the Tahsildar and the Police could not obstruct the mafia though Das has narrowly escaped death.

The Police have registered a case (No.62/10) u/s 294, 323, 324 and 506 IPC. But despite being the eye-witness, it has not yet arrested the culprits who are therefore in a position to tamper with the evidences of their crime.

MUFP has taken this murderous attack on a rural reporter seriously and calls upon the Police to arrest the culprits without any delay and thanks the fellow journalists of Khurda district for the solidarity they have shown to Das.

The MUFP further demands that the Collector of Khurda should grant from the Red Cross fund under his disposal necessary amounts for treatment of Sri Das and also urges upon the State government to bear the entire cost of his treatment.

Rain Deficit:A Monsoon-friendly La Nina May Last for a Year from Now

Eminent power engineer Nagendranath Mohapatra informs that India has witnessed 14% deficit in monsoon rainfall till mid-July. The water reservoirs are all at Minimum Draw Down Level (MDDL) that has caused concern about water availability for both irrigation and hydel power production at present.

The total water storage in the country’s 81 major reservoirs was down 32% from the 10-year average level on July 15. As many as 79 of the 81 reservoirs monitored by Central Water Commission (CWC) are filled below 40% of their storage capacity.

The combined water stock in all these reservoirs, estimated at 25.54 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM), amounts to just 17% of their total water holding capacity/Gross Storage. All the major river basins in the country have negative water balance as the Table shows:

Dr. Jing-Jia, a Senior Scientist with the Climate Variation Predictability and Applicability Research Programme at Research Institute for Global Change (RIGC) under the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science & Technology (JAMSTEC) based in Tokyo, Japan said that a monsoon-friendly La Nina condition has been established in the east equatorial Pacific Ocean and under its impact, “above normal” rains will be in August & September and even ¬¬¬¬beyond in autumn and winter in India setting an ideal condition for growing wheat, mustard etc. during ensuring Rabi season. Dr. Jing-Jia said he would not be surprised to see this La Nina condition to remain active for more than one year from now.

Outside India, La Nina conditions are expected to lead to more rains/floods over North-Eastern China while hot/dry condition may emerge over South-East China and Southern Japan. Above normal rains are also indicated for Indonesia, Northern parts of South America and East-Africa during the fall and winter seasons. Many parts of Australia also might experience surplus rains from October, 2010 to early 2011.

It Would Be Wrong For the Speaker to Run the House sans Opposition

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The purpose of the budget session of Orissa Assembly is already impaired by adopting demands of a few departments for grants sans participation of the Opposition.

Boycott of Orissa Assembly by the Opposition could have not occurred had the Chief Minister heeded to its demands for dropping of the two ministers supposedly involved with the coal scam. He gave them a clean chit, though he has no recognized expertise in knowing whether or not they are guilty. He should have asked the vigilance to instantly verify the records and clarify as to why it has not specifically said that the said two ministers in their previous OSIC avatar were not involved with the scam and till that clarification was received from the Vigilance, he should have kept the two ministers temporarily removed. We have enough precedence of return of dropped tainted ministers to cabinet after establishment of their innocence and hence it should have been proper for Sri Navin Patnaik to follow such precedence.

So, it can be said that the recognized Opposition party has been forced to boycott the Orissa Assembly and therefore the Chief Minister is guilty not only of protecting two Ministers suspected of a scam but also of enforcing an environment for boycott of the Assembly by the Opposition.

Because perhaps of concern for running of the House, the recognized Opposition seems to have tried to dilute its own demands, which, if the CM accepts, may restore normalcy. It has now stressed upon a special audit over the coal scam by the CAG. The CM should instantly welcome this demand and pave the way for Opposition participation by stashing the two suspected Ministers away from their ministerial privileges till their innocence is establish by the CAG audit.

The Speaker should also note this new opportunity offered by the Opposition for smooth running of the House. And issue a ruling in this respect to help the House run as democracy entails.

Democracy of our patterns runs on unobstructed participation of the Opposition. If there is no Opposition, there can be no democracy and adoption of budgets in such circumstances would be blatantly undemocratic.

The Speaker is bestowed upon with the responsibility to conduct the business the rampart of democracy that has two sides dovetailed with its business: the Treasury side and the Opposition. He cannot conduct the business with the Opposition side staying away from its business. If he does, that would be nothing but killing of the spirit of democracy.

Hence, the speaker should desist from his declared action of conducting the House sans the Opposition in case it does not turn up.

Democracy would be wronged thereby and his action would earn a dubious distinction of being cited in future as a bad precedence in applied democracy.

Let Orissa not have this misfortune.